The next James Bond movie will almost certainly be the last with Daniel Craig in the title role, and already there’s talk as to who should replace him. And though it will probably never happen, one rumor has it going to the totally awesome Idris Elba.
As a strapping, dapper actor with an English accent, Idris Elba is an obvious choice to play James Bond. But the actor tells NPR that talk of him potentially landing the part is nothing more than gossip.
“It’s a rumor,” he said on Morning Edition. “It’s a very old rumor. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I’m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”
If you can’t place the name, Idris was on “The Wire,” and was that gatekeeper god guy in “Thor,” and a bunch of other stuff. And he’s terrific in everything. It would be a good way to incorporate the very cool theory that James Bond is not an actual person but a code name passed from spy to spy the same way “007” is. If they added that it might help ease any racial stuff. They shouldn’t have him smoking Newports instead of Chesterfields, or ordering a “purple drank” shaken not stirred though, because that would be too much.
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