Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

James Bond: Door open for Idris Elba to be ‘first black 007’

James Bond: Door open for Idris Elba to be ‘first black 007’

The discussion over who could play the next James Bond could be nearing it's conclusion, as the biggest clue yet has been dropped over the next actor's identity. Will Elba want to play it as much as everyone else wants him to? Rather than simply engaging with those trolls, though, more than a few fans have used this potential casting news to joke about the racist treatment an Elba Bond might actually face - all as a way to both turn the tables on those who might object to his participation because of his skin color and to simultaneously address heated issues that remain front and center in contemporary society. Sure, he's a high-ranking fixture of Hollywood - he's the director behind Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer, The Equalizer 2, Southpaw, The Magnificent Seven, the Academy Award-winning Training Day, and many others - but he hasn't been involved with a Bond film in any capacity thus far. Bond 25 is being produced by Eon Productions with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson producing. 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.

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Elba has previously been mentioned as a possible 007, and was said to have been the favourite of then Sony chief Amy Pascal according to leaked documents from the Sony hack back in 2014. The year prior, just ahead of when Sam Mendes released the 24th Bond film Spectre in November of 2015, Vulture cut together an insanely cool trailer that imagined Elba as a modern, take-no-prisoners Bond.

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Fucqua told The Daily Star he heard her say "it is time" for a black actor to be cast as the iconic spy.

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Although the "Luther" star himself has flipped-flopped on his stance about playing 007 over the years - initially saying that he "would do it", before later dismissing it and saying he didn't want to be known as "the black Bond" - even Steven Spielberg has gone on record as saying that Elba would be his "first choice" for Bond. "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman - but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it something different with it, why not?" I am shook. And stirred.

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