James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli says Idris Elba is the frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as the super spy
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told director Antoine Fuqua that it's time for a non-white James Bond, and apparent Elba is still being considered for the titular role
If you were rooting for British hunk Idris Elba to take on the cult classic role of 007, you may have to wait a bit longer. Meanwhile, Daniel Craig will officially return as James Bond one more time next year in Danny Boyle’s 'Bond 25'. However, your desire to see Elba as Bond may still be fulfilled as, reportedly, he is still in talks to play the next Bond after the upcoming movie.
While there has been no clear indication from the Luther actor about whether he wants to take on the role of the legendary spy or not, director Antoine Fuqua recently told Daily Star about a conversation he had with Bond head Barbara Broccoli.
In the conversation, Broccoli reportedly told him that "it is time" for a Bond that's non-white. Broccoli told Fuqua that Elba is a the frontrunner to become the next 007 whether he wants to or not.
This comes after news of Elba making his directional debut with an adaptation of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' made headlines. It has been reported that Elba will act in, direct, produce and even serve as a musician on the adaptation.
When asked about who could be the upcoming Bond, Elba himself had some pretty striking insights to share. Speaking to Variety earlier this year, he discussed the idea of a woman taking up the role of the upcoming 007. “Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?” he said. “Could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman... I think that character... Everybody would like to see something different with it, why not?”
Well, all fans can do is wait as it's going to be quite a while before they get a clear-cut answer to the whole Idris Elba for Bond debate. Currently, Boyle’s Craig-starring film is about to begin shooting and it will release around November 2019. Even after the film's release, it would definitely take months to announce the role for an upcoming Bond.
So buckle up and brace yourselves. It's to be a long, bumpy wait.