Idris Elba ... the next James Bond?

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Idris Elba ... the next James Bond?
 

 

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Idris Elba’s star has been rising in Hollywood in recent years thanks to critically acclaimed roles on HBO’s The Wire and the BBC series, Luther. His commercial appeal is growing, too, after being cast in Thor (2011), Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012), and Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim (2013). The question for Elba now is – what next?

Yesterday, we learned that Sam Mendes has expressed doubts about directing another James Bond film after Skyfall, which sparked a debate in the comments about who should play James Bond after Daniel Craig’s tenure ends (he’s signed on for two more Bond films at the moment). One name that continues to pop up is Idris Elba, and now there’s reason to believe that it’s more than mere speculation.

According to Elba’s co-star in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the newest “Bond girl,” Naomie Harris – courtesy of The Huffington Post - Elba met with longtime Bond movie producer Barbara Broccoli to discuss the possibility of him becoming the first black James Bond. Check out what Harris said 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.”


Idris Elba and Naomie Harris of the upcoming film: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

Obviously, race has played a role in the discussion of whether or not Idris Elba might play James Bond, as Bond has been portrayed by a Caucasian actor over the span of 23 films and six decades. However, in October of last year, Elba dismissed skin color as a real argument against his being cast.

“I don’t want to be the black James Bond. 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.”

So would Idris Elba make a quality James Bond, Screen Rant readers? He’s the right age, he has the right physical build, he’s English, and his acting talent and onscreen presence in Luther won him a 2012 Golden Globe. In our opinion, playing James Bond would be right in his wheelhouse.

Still, there’s no telling when precisely the meeting between Idris Elba and Barbara Broccoli took place, as Naomie Harris didn’t specify. It’s entirely possible those talks happened well before the studio committed to Craig for two more films.

Even if Elba doesn’t break the James Bond color barrier, fans will certainly still have plenty to look forward to with Pacific Rim , a third season of Luther, and beyond.

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Source: The Huffington Post


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212 comments for "Idris Elba ... the next James Bond?"

 5 years ago '04        #2
MosDefinition 19 heat pts19
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white folks would riot

they rather have a white american do a terrible brittish accent than have a black bond
 5 years ago '05        #3
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I'd rather them come up with another bond like charecter... But he could pull it off.. I'm glad he is a black actor and his only black role was on the wire... All the other roles he had could be interchangeable racially and he is acclaimed.. So I'd take it.
 5 years ago '12        #4
SHADOW 326 heat pts326
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he is a great actor but James bond... hell fu*king no.

For those that watch the GOAT Dave Chappelle show...

Paul Mooney: [reviewing "The Last Samurai"] First, they have "The Mexican" with Brad Pitt, now they have "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise. Well, I've written a film, maybe they'll produce my film. The Last n*gga on Earth, starring Tom Hanks. How about that?
first thing that came to mind
 5 years ago '10        #5
TheMindOf 21 heat pts21
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James Bond is an English charter. Created by a English man.

But why do I feel like white Americans would be the ones most offended by this and it wouldn't be that controversial across the pond?

I just get that feeling
 5 years ago '06        #6
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 BrodyMACaroni said:
That's stupid. Nothing racist about it either. That's like having a white dude play Shaft. I would watch but I'd respect the 007 franchise a little less for giving in to the weight of social racial bull sh*t.
technically 007 is just a spy designation, anyone can get to 007 status, its not set

 Blood Edge said:
Technically anyone can play James Bond since he isn't a single individual. Shaft was written to be a black character so that's a bad comparison.



 TheMindOf said:
James Bond is an English charter. Created by a English man.

But why do I feel like white Americans would be the ones most offended by this and it wouldn't be that controversial across the pond?

I just get that feeling
this x10
 5 years ago '04        #7
dblock187s 27 heat pts27
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isnt he a brit anyways who cares if hes black, thats my n*gga tho
 5 years ago '07        #8
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doesnt bother me, and I am caucasian


What I could see from this, however, is people/the media questioning their motives though (to increase speculation and generate buzz/ticket sales)


Like somebody touched on earlier, 007 is not a singular individual
 5 years ago '10        #9
TheMindOf 21 heat pts21
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Reminds me of this


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 5 years ago '04        #10
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I'd personally would love to see it but wtv
 5 years ago '09        #11
dadon85 135 heat pts135
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Let stringer be bond
 5 years ago '10        #12
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 dadon85 said:
Let stringer be bond
Could Daniel Craig have played Stringer Bell?
 5 years ago '08        #13
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 BrodyMACaroni said:
That's stupid. Nothing racist about it either. That's like having a white dude play Shaft. I would watch but I'd respect the 007 franchise a little less for giving in to the weight of social racial bull sh*t.
iv always said that!

there is nothing racist about james bond being white..

HE IS WHITEEEE

if a black dudes plays shaft

then jim carey to play shaft
 5 years ago '07        #14
Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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white people will not let this go down...but whenever a white person needs to play ghandi, cleopatra, or jesus who are all racially non-white then they are all for it



didn't keeanu reeves play buddah as well?



you people are funny
 5 years ago '08        #15
JetsLost 18 heat pts18
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 Gmengfx said:
iv always said that!

there is nothing racist about james bond being white..

HE IS WHITEEEE

if a black dudes plays shaft

then jim carey to play shaft
How stupid do you sound ?

That is in no way an equal comparison.
 5 years ago '06        #16
servesurite 42 heat pts42
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as a black person, even i would not want to see a black james bond
 5 years ago '10        #17
TheMindOf 21 heat pts21
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 Pistol Peter said:
white people will not let this go down...but whenever a white person needs to play ghandi, cleopatra, or jesus who are all racially non-white then they are all for it



didn't keeanu reeves play buddah as well?



you people are funny
Wish I could prop this statement a million times


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 5 years ago '09        #18
circleofpurple 58 heat pts58
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I'm all for Idris to play bond. Dude is a great actor.
 5 years ago '04        #19
RoyceDa59 240 heat pts240
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Get it done, the theme music is already waiting for him


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 5 years ago '04        #20
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Yeah, this needs to happen.

They need to make it up to everyone for casting a black Kingpin in Daredevil.
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