Idris Elba Reportedly Back in the Running for James Bond Role

Idris Elba Reportedly Back in the Running for James Bond Role

The paper quoted Broccoli as saying that "it's time" for a non-white actor to fill the role once Craig completes his final film in the series, which is scheduled for release in 2019.

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Bond 26, which could potentially be the one to feature Elba, is expected to be released around 2022 or 2023, at which point he'd be almost 50. The rumor began circulating again yesterday after The Daily Star published a report in which the tabloid detailed a conversation between director Antoine Fuqua and Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, claiming Broccoli said "it is time" for a diverse actor to take on the role and that she is certain "it will happen eventually".

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", the director teased. Apparently, the article said, the 45-year-old "Luther" star is in the running to play the titular role if the current actor playing Bond, Daniel Craig, retires the part.

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The 37-year-old added that she has made a decision to give Chi, pronounced "shy", a middle name, which Kanye apparently hates. So I said, 'I love you so much, and maybe this is good to push you to figure out what you want to do.' It ended really well.

"Idris Elba is one of the finest men on the planet. Happy New Year people", Elba wrote at the time. 'You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

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. Idris Elba might still be the next James Bond...

However, Elba once insisted that no one is genuinely considering him to play 007. "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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