James Bond Producers Reportedly Eyeing Idris Elba As Next 007

Lewis Collier
August 10, 2018

And now, even though Daniel Craig is back for likely one final round in Danny Boyle's Bond 25, it appears Elba is still a focal point of the "next Bond' conversation - whether he's interested in the role or not". Speaking with director Antoine Fuqua, Broccoli reportedly stated that "it is time" for a non-white actor to take on the iconic role. Elba's name first came up in 2014 during the Sony hack, when leaked emails from then studio co-chair Amy Pascal revealed Elba as everyone's favourite to replace Daniel Craig.

Elba also plays the title role in British crime drama Luther, voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, plays Heimdall in the Marvel movies, and famously cancelled the apocalypse in 2013's Pacific Rim. "The London-born actor, 45, has both the appearance (he's 6'3") and cool charm to pull off the role.

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Several actress have been tipped to play the Bond role in the past, with X Files star Gillian Anderson being shunted to the forefront of speculation after a fan tweeted a convincing poster of her as Bond in 2016.

According to Daily Star, Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed that we could be on the cusp of getting a black 007. MGM will distribute the film domestically while Universal Pictures will handle global distribution. He's returning as Bond in the as-yet untitled 25th film in the series, set to begin filming late in 2018. Production on the movie, which will land in the USA on November 8, 2019'. We're done. All I want to do is move on'.

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