Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Idris Elba tipped to be the next James Bond

Idris Elba tipped to be the next James Bond

In a recent interview, Fuqua said that Brocoli believes "it is time" for a non-white actor to take over the role and that he is personally certain that it "will happen eventually".

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On Friday, the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star tabloid published an article claiming that director Antoine Fuqua reportedly said Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli thinks "it is time" for a black actor to star in the franchise.

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Fuqua added: "Idris could do it if he was in shape".

With Daniel Craig set to make his fifth and final appearance as James Bond in next year's as-yet-untitled Bond 25 from director Danny Boyle, the rumour mill appears to be wasting little time in looking towards his replacement as 007.

Elba's name has always been tossed around as an ideal candidate. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

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Elba has previously been mentioned as a possible 007, and was said to have been the favourite of then Sony chief Amy Pascal according to leaked documents from the Sony hack back in 2014.

The Luther actor said that people only suggest his name for the role because he's black, not because he's right for the role. "That's the part that I'm like, 'Ugh, come on, '" Elba previously told The Independent.

THR also reached out to Elba's rep, who did not answer, although "a knowledgeable source" for the publication revealed that no one in the actor's group of confidants knows anything about a Bond consideration (or offer) simmering away at Eon Productions, the Hollywood home of Agent Bond. "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman - but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have...do something different with it, why not?"

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