James Bond Producers Reportedly Eyeing Idris Elba As Next 007

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The Daily Star was present as director Antoine Fuqua revealed details of a conversation he had with the woman who calls the shots with all things James Bond, producer Barbara Broccoli. Apparently, the article said, the 45-year-old "Luther" star is in the running to play the titular role if the current actor playing Bond, Daniel Craig, retires the part.

In a recent interview, Fuqua said that Brocoli believes "it is time" for a non-white actor to take over the role and that he is personally certain that it "will happen eventually".

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Ever since Daniel Craig confirmed the upcoming movie will be his last time on Her Majesty's secret service everyone has been desperate to know who will take over. Since, however, inclinations that Elba might be the first non-white Bond have subsided, until recently. There's also the fact that Elba plans to follow up his directorial debut Yardie with an amibitious adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as actor, director, producer and musician - so he may well be too busy for Bond. You need a guy with physically strong presence.

Idris Elba was a massive early favourite back in 2015, but his own denials and so much time passing had bumped him down the list.

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However, Elba himself has long played down the idea.

Former Sony honcho Amy Pascal backed Elba for the role in 2014 in a leaked email, but the British actor has always shied away from discussing the prospect, and even suggested that a woman should replace Daniel Craig this year. "Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?" he said.

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