For years, the internet has clamored for Idris Elba to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond after he steps down from the role and now, it appears the beloved actor may actually be the frontrunner to become the next 007. Director Antoine Fuqua revealed that in a recent conversation with Barbara Broccoli, a producer for the long-running espionage franchise, she said that it is time for Bond to be played by a non-white actor. Fuqua and Broccoli then discussed potential actors who could fill the role once Craig steps down and they seemed to agree that Elba would be a natural fit for the role, provided he is in Bond-level shape.
“Idris could do it if he was in shape,” Fuqua told the Daily Star. “You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.”
Earlier this year, Craig confirmed that he would be returning for one final Bond film, which will be directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), and is expected to be released in the fall of 2019. But the internet has been clamoring for Elba to be next in line for the part long before Craig’s announcement and it’s not hard to understand why. Elba is an extremely talented British actor who has shown incredible range in his career, playing both dramatic and comedic roles with ease. Plus, he’s not exactly hard on the eyes.
If chosen, Elba would be the first black actor to play James Bond, as the role has exclusively been filled by white actors for more than 50 years. While fans love getting to speculate about who the next Bond will be, Elba doesn’t seem too interested in commenting on a role that hasn’t even been offered to him yet. When asked if he was amused by ongoing rumors connecting him to the franchise, Elba said, “No, I don’t get a kick out of it.”