Idris Elba may be next James Bond after Daniel Craig, producer hints

Posted August 10, 2018

On Friday, the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star tabloid published an article claiming that director Antoine Fuqua reportedly said Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli thinks "it is time" for a black actor to star in the franchise.

This is still some distance from a confirmation over who will replace Adam Clery lookalike Daniel Craig as James Bond, and release him from his own personal hell of being paid $25m dollars to play a spy.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", Fuqua told the Daily Star.

Fuqua also appeared to suggest that the change would happen "eventually" and that Elba is the reported frontrunner. 'You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

The news comes via director Antoine Fuqua, who is best known for movies such as The Equalizer and Training Day. Craig will play Bond one last time in the still untitled Bond 25 flick, although he has infamously tried to get out of the role in the past.

Idris Elba's filmography proves that he can play any role he damn well wants to.

Twitter user @wordtoJude felt this news was a long time coming - "IVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS".

The actor has already been beaten to the prize by fellow Brit actor David Oyelowo, who recently became the first black actor to play James Bond on the audiobook version of Anthony Horowitz's latest OO7 novel, Trigger Mortis.

Elba, 45, was rumored to be the next James Bond in 2014 following the hack into Sony Pictures' emails. "That's the part that I'm like, 'Ugh, come on, '" Elba previously told The Independent. "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?"