Idris Elba Has Talked to James Bond Producers About Playing 007
Now before you get all bent out of shape (though I imagine there will be plenty of other, more disturbing reasons that some fans will be upset about this news), remember that Daniel Craig is still signed for two more James Bond films in addition to Skyfall coming next month. However, the future of James Bond is always on people's minds, especially since it seems Craig has a countdown to when he's done with Her Majesty's Secret Service. So who would put on the tuxedo next? What if I told you British actor Idris Elba had met with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about making him the first black 007 sometime?
In an interview with Skyfall star Naomie Harris, Huffington Post learned that Elba definitely had a meeting about becoming James Bond. The actress says, "“I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli. It does seem like a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond.” Sadly, there are likely plenty of fans out there who are against casting a black actor as James Bond, simply because he's always been white. But if you consider the name James Bond to simply be a codename at MI6 (a theory that many have discussed), then Elba could step into the role and it doesn't ruin continuity or mythology in the least.
However, some people might not like the idea of a black James Bond at all, and that's just sad. I imagine that most of those fans are the same ones who had an issue with Elba playing Heimdall in Thor, which is silly. And considering the outcry over Donald Glover campaigning for an audition to be The Amazing Spider-Man, I'm betting there will be a ridiculous and unnecessary amount of outrage for all the wrong reasons. Elba is a phenomenal actor and his turns on "Luther," movies like Prometheus and The Losers and even "The Office" make me think that if there is going to be a black James Bond, he is the perfect choice. Here's hoping that this society of ours is open-minded and progressive enough to let something like this happen if the time comes. Would you like Idris Elba as James Bond?