James Bond: What actor is said to be in the running to succeed Daniel Craig?(Read article summary)
As speculation grows about who would next take on the role of James Bond, one actor may have met with a 'Bond' producer.
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Idris Elbaâ€™s star has been rising in Hollywood in recent years thanks to critically acclaimed roles on HBOâ€™s The Wire and the BBC series, Luther. His commercial appeal is growing, too, after being cast in Thor (2011), Ridley Scottâ€™s Prometheus (2012), and Guillermo Del Toroâ€™s upcomingÂ Pacific RimÂ (2013). The question for Elba now is â€“ what next?
Yesterday, we learned that Sam Mendes has expressed doubtsÂ about directing another James Bond film after Skyfall, which sparked a debate in the comments about who should play James Bond after Daniel Craigâ€™s tenure ends (heâ€™s signed on for two more Bond films at the moment). One name that continues to pop up is Idris Elba, and now thereâ€™s reason to believe that itâ€™s more than mere speculation.Â
According to Elbaâ€™s co-star in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the newest â€śBond girl,â€ť Naomie Harris â€“ courtesy ofÂ The HuffingtonÂ PostÂ - 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:
â€śI didnâ€™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 heâ€™s a great guy.â€ť
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.
â€śI donâ€™t want to be the black James Bond.Â Sean Connery wasnâ€™t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasnâ€™t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I donâ€™t want to be called the black James Bond.â€ť
So would Idris Elba make a quality James Bond, Screen Rant readers? Heâ€™s the right age, he has the right physical build, heâ€™s English, and his acting talent and onscreen presence inÂ LutherÂ won him aÂ 2012 Golden Globe.Â In our opinion, playing James Bond would be right in his wheelhouse.
Still, thereâ€™s no telling when precisely the meeting between Idris Elba and Barbara Broccoli took place, as Naomie Harris didnâ€™t specify. Itâ€™s entirely possible those talks happened well before the studio committed to Craig for two more films.
Even if Elba doesnâ€™t break the James Bond color barrier, fans will certainly still have plenty to look forward to with Pacific RimÂ , a third season of Luther, and beyond.
Daniel Johnson blogs at Screen Rant.