Elba. Idris Elba.
Director Antoine Fuqua said he talked to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about who could potentially take over the role of 007 after Daniel Craig turns in his badge — and nominated 45-year-old Elba.
According to Fuqua, Broccoli said “it is time” a diverse actor takes on the role if Craig, 50, retires as James Bond in the next film. Fuqua told The Daily Star that Broccoli believes casting an ethnic minority actor in place of Craig “will happen eventually.”
“Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that,” the director said.
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This isn’t the first time Elba’s name is brought up in the Bond conversation. In 2014, an email leaked from Sony Pictures senior executive Amy Pascal revealing her hope that “Idris should be the next Bond.”
At the time of the leak, Elba said on a Reddit AMA that he would “absolutely” take the role if it was offered to him. The actor then took to Twitter with a self-deprecating post about his future as the British agent.
Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people. pic.twitter.com/3g9lAl2Uo3
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 27, 2014
“Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? he Tweeted. “Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.”