Although Daniel Craig is still currently starring as James Bond, it looks as though Idris Elba is being eyed to take over… but does he like his martini’s shaken or stirred?
According to The Daily Beast, Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal wants to see Idris Elba take over as Bond once Daniel Craig has hung up his tux…
“An email sent on January 4, 2014, from Pascal to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, simply says, ‘Idris should be the next bond’.”
Of course, Idris Elba’s name has been linked to the Bond franchise for some time after fans jumped at the chance to speculate about who should take over the titular role… and this is a move that would make Elba the first black Bond in history.
The very idea soon became incredibly popular… and even the likes of Jamie Foxx voiced their support to see Idris Elba in the role.
“I ran into Idris and I said, ‘You know you’re the mother**kin James Bond, right?’,” said Foxx. And let’s just say that Elba himself would be rather keen to land the coveted role.
During a Reddit AMA, one fan posed the question – would you be the next James Bond?
“Yes,” he replied. “If it was offered to me, absolutely.”
And now it looks as though it might be edging closer to becoming a reality.
After the hit success of Luther as well as his appearances in both Pacific Rim and Marvel’s Thor movies, Idris Elba is becoming quite the popular name. And while some folks might be eager to play the race card, you have to admit – Elba certainly has the gravitas to carry off the role of James Bond.
I mean, let’s face it – this is 2014. It’s about time James Bond got a bit of racial diversity. And if anyone could own the role, it’s Idris Elba.
But will Elba make it to the big screen with his very own Aston Martin? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but I can’t help thinking this would be a touch of genius.
Do you think Idris Elba would make a great Bond? Who else would you like to see in the role? Let us know what you think in the comments below…