'My name's Elba, Idris Elba': Did actor just confirm he's the next James Bond?
Elba has been at the center of the conversation about the future of the franchise, especially since producer Barbara Broccoli said that 'it is time' for a non-white 007
Is Idris Elba the next 007? The actor has just dropped a major hint after numerous speculations this week about him taking on the role of James Bond. Elba tweeted the classic Bond introduction on August 12, "My name is Elba. Idris Elba" sending fans into a frenzy.
Elba has been at the center of the conversation about the future of the franchise, especially since Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told director Antoine Fuqua that "it is time" for a non-white actor to star as 007. Although the rumors have been going around since 2014, they have neither been confirmed or denied.
my name’s Elba, Idris Elba. pic.twitter.com/kEyyaVg8JX— Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018
Director Antoine Fuqua speaking to Daily Star earlier this week said that Broccoli had told her that she felt that a black actor in the famous role "will happen eventually". Barbara Broccoli is the daughter Albert Cubby Broccoli who was one of the people who laid the foundation for the Bond movie franchise way back in the 1960s. Broccoli had been associated since the time Sean Connery slipped into Bond's shoes for the very first time.
In an interview earlier, Elba had said that he was too old to play Bond. The 'Star Trek Beyond' star told 'Good Morning America', "I think I'm too old for that. Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible. I keep saying if it were to happen, it would be the will of a nation because there haven't been any talks between me and the studio about any of that. But everywhere I go people want that to happen."
Unsurprisingly, the thought of an iconic character like Bond to be portrayed by someone of color will give rise to controversies. Some people would rather keep him the way he was written. "It was created by Ian Fleming and it was his work of art," said David Black who helps run the International James Bond Fan club, "Surely you should be as true as you can be to what he wanted. Otherwise, where do we end up?"
David Black doesn't seem to quite agree with Elba as the lead but he does believe that he would make a really great bad guy. "[He] would absolutely make a very good Bond villain, but I think you've got to keep in reality the context of Bond. People picture him as Sean Connery which is probably about as close as Ian Fleming described him."
Soon after the internet went crazy, Elba framed another contrasting tweet. He said, "Don’t believe the HYPE." As much as Elba may be trying to cool off the subject, fans seem to have already made up their mind. One fan asked him matter-of-factly, "Are HYPE the criminal organization you have to take down, 007?" while another one said, "There was a loud explosion as if the very fabric of London had been ripped into two. A pillar of fire shot up against the darkening sky, turning dusk to dawn. His eyes instantly watered, the fluid protesting against the smog. It was done. HYPE was in ashes. *cue 007 music*" All aboard the hype train, though!