The rumors about Idris Elba being the next James Bond (and first Black Bond) have been around for years. I think pretty much as soon as Quantum of Solace crapped out, people were like “Blah on Daniel Craig, someone else should be Bond now.” So the game of “who will be the next Bond?” began, even though it ended up that Daniel would sign on for two more Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre (which just started filming this month). The oddsmakers all said Idris should be next. The rumors grew and grew and Idris has even talked about it in interviews, saying he would be up for the gig but no one has ever approached him. Well, here’s something interesting: the Sony Hack has revealed that Amy Pascal also thinks Idris should be the next Bond!
Plenty of the Sony emails have focused on Sony’s prized horse—the James Bond franchise, including the 24th Bond flick Spectre, scheduled to hit theaters on November 6, 2015. Reports have indicated that the script has leaked, the film’s budget ballooned to over $300 million, and that it may feature Blofeld as the villain.
For years, there’s been a lot of online chatter suggesting that Idris Elba, the suave British actor, should be the next James Bond—making him the first black 007.
Current superspy Daniel Craig has even voiced his desire to vacate the post, telling Rolling Stone in 2012, “I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it. But they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the sh-t goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with.” Craig is signed on for just one more Bond flick after Spectre.
When The Daily Beast spoke to Jamie Foxx earlier this year, coincidentally for the Sony flick The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he said he was a big fan of the idea of a martini-sipping Elba. “I ran into Idris and I said, ‘You know you’re the motherf–kin’ James Bond, right?’” Elba himself has admitted he’d love to play the role if offered.
It seems Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal is a big fan of the idea, too.
An email sent on January 4, 2014, from Pascal to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, simply says, “Idris should be the next bond.”
I had to look it up, because I actually thought Daniel and Idris were the same age, but they’re not. Daniel is 46 (he’ll be 47 next March) and Idris just turned 42. That might not seem like a huge age difference, but when you’re expecting an actor to do that kind of bulking up and physical training and on-camera stunt work, it does matter. Pierce Bronsnan did his last Bond role in 2002, when he was 49 years old. A good cut-off point does seem to be at 50 years old. So… I’ve never been opposed to the idea of Idris as Bond, but they have to get on it. SOON. Like, line up Idris as Daniel Craig’s replacement now. And maybe Idris would have time to do two or three Bond films before he had to hang up his Walther PPK.
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