James Bond producers reportedly considering Idris Elba as next 007
With Daniel Craig's next outing as the world's most famous spy set to be his last, speculation has been rife in recent years over who might be the next actor to take on the role of James Bond, with names such as Tom Hiddlestone, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy all being repeatedly linked with the iconic role.
However, according to recent reports it seems that the producers are edging closer to making a decision, and it looks as though Elba could be the man in the frame.
Esquire, The Independent and The Daily Star are all reporting on director Antione Fuqua's comments about a discussion he had with producer Barbara Broccoli, the daughter of legendary Bond producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli and the head of Eon productions, who have handled all the canonical Bond films since Sean Connery made his debut in the role of James Bond in Dr. No.
Fuqua says that Broccoli has suggested “it is time” for a non-white actor to take on the role, with the director adding: “Idris could do it if he is in shape. You need with a physically strong presence. Idris has that.”
We've been here before, of course, and for his part the Luther star has repeatedly denied his involvement, even suggesting at one point that a female actor should be the next to tackle the role. But Fuqua's comments have added more fuel to the fire of speculation surrounding Daniel Craig's successor and although most bookkeepers still have Tom Hardy as the favourite, the director's statement suggests we could be one step closer to seeing a black actor step into 007's shoes for the first time.