Right now a couple of popular British characters may be going through a transitional period within the next couple of years. There’s been chatter of the 12th Doctor in Doctor Who being played by a woman, and the James Bond franchise may face the same treatment. No, they’re not going to change James Bond into a woman (that’d be just plain weird) but Idris Elba may be suiting up for the role if all goes according to plan.
There’s been heavy rumors going around that Luther star Idris Elba will be our next James Bond once Daniel Craig‘s contract is up. Craig is currently signed up to be Bond for the next two movies in the franchise. After that, any actor could be the suave and dangerous MI6 agent. But apparently producer Barbara Broccoli has been conversing with Idris Elba to possibly take the mantle in a few years’ time.
The rumor mill started to swirl even more when Skyfall actress Naomie Harris spoke up in an interview about the potential casting. Needless to say we started wiggling in our seats with excitement after reading this paragraph, which you can check out below.
I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy. [Laughs]
Now why would Idris Elba be a perfect casting for Bond? Well let’s look at the evidence, shall we? This is the same man whose made his mark, acting in several television shows and films including The Wire, 28 Days Later, RocknRolla, Obsessed and Thor, just to name a few. Yes, we also know many people will be making the argument of how great and groundbreaking this will be simply due to the fact that he’s black British, but honestly we’re not thinking about it in that regard. Why? Cause his acting alone proves he’s got what it takes to be our next Bond.
Would you like to see Idris Elba as our next James Bond?