Will Idris Elba Be Cast As The First Black James Bond?

Thu, October 25, 2012 2:38pm EST by 16 Comments
Courtesy Miramax Film Corp

Daniel Craig will star in his third James Bond movie, ‘Skyfall.’ The hunky actor looks ridiculously good as Bond, especially as he ages, but it’s only practical to wonder who the next Bond, James Bond may be.

It seems as though we get a new James Bond every few years. Daniel Craig is our eighth Bond to date (before him was Pierce Brosnan), which means it’s only right to start making assumptions about which star will fill the shoes of the suave James Bond next — Skyfall star Naomie Harris has quite the recommendation!

Idris Elba was allegedly going to replace Daniel, when the time came, making him the first African American to play James Bond, according to CinemaBlend.com. Idris made it clear last fall that he was more than willing to take on the role — if it was offered to him.

Naomie reportedly told The Huffington Post that Idris was in talks to take on the role.

“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 [James Bond producer] and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy,” Naomie said.

CinemaBlend.com also reports that Idris has met with a producer who has worked on EVERY Bond film since 1987′s The Living Daylights. Of course, this doesn’t mean he is definitely getting the part, but it sounds like he’s a strong contender!

We must note, however, Daniel has signed on for at least two more Bond films following Skyfall. While we would love to see a black James Bond, it may be a few years before that becomes a reality.

We wouldn’t mind seeing Idris play Bond, would you, Hollywoodlifers?

– Julianna Spence

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Megan McClure

Posted at 10:02 PM on November 2, 2013  

Awful idea.

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Jason

Posted at 3:55 PM on March 21, 2013  

“African American” I LOLD

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richard

Posted at 4:10 AM on February 10, 2013  

hahah. american ignorance really makes me piss my pant in laugher. hes as london cockney as is pie and fackin mash, mate. (spelt f*cking to outsiders)

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JB

Posted at 8:02 AM on January 15, 2013  

He’s not African American… -.-
Non of the James Bond actors have ever been American…

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king

Posted at 7:16 PM on December 28, 2012  

i hope so plus everybody know that dark skinned black men is better than white men in real life lol

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Johnnyboy

Posted at 1:21 PM on October 27, 2012  

That Will Not Ever God Dam Happen We Need a Younger Actor ages between 31-36
The Whole World will not allow James Bond to be African-American, James Bond was Borned White not Black.

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sp

Posted at 1:28 AM on February 3, 2013  

Hey, chill out, James Bond 007 is a title more than just one man, therefore, anyone can play a James Bond, so get off this crap about Bond being born White, what an idiot.

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Tombstone on Idris

Posted at 1:13 PM on October 27, 2012  

No F**king way, Thats Not Going to happen, We Want Henry Cavill not Idris Elba, if we had a Black Person playing James Bond, Lots of Lots of People will not like that at all and it will be a very horrible nightmare.

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Gus Bombie

Posted at 12:55 PM on October 27, 2012  

Thats not going to happen, between 2018 and 2020 Idris will be 48-50 years old, he will be too old for the role, Everyone like to cast a James Bond Aged between 30-36 years old and everyone wants Henry Cavill be The 7th James Bond Actor to be casted after Daniel Craig departs from The Role.

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bignickbls

Posted at 12:44 PM on October 27, 2012  

H**l No It Will Not have a Black James Bond and it will never ever happen if it did all the 007 fans will go crazy and show the 007 fans some respect period End of Story The End.

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Jack

Posted at 6:35 PM on October 26, 2012  

When did Idris become American?

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AZIZ

Posted at 4:53 PM on October 25, 2012  

i would like tom hardy as next bond it will help the franchise to remain fresh instead of black.

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Alex

Posted at 4:14 PM on October 25, 2012  

“Idris Elba was allegedly going to replace Daniel, when the time came, making him the first African American to play James Bond”

He’s British, not American which I would consider totally obvious considering he’s being considered for the role of Bond. Think before you type, and proof read before you publish!

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James Simmons (@Jegsimmons)

Posted at 3:56 PM on October 25, 2012  

Elba, while im sure is a nice guy and decent actor, should not play bond, because he doesnt match the character description. not to mention every bond has been the same bond with the same backstory. this would be pandering and nothing more and would kill the franchise because it would show not only are the producers sell outs, but they would have underminded all the previous material about bond.

go ahead and cast Elba in another spy movie, hell, make him a Bond sidekick for a movie, but making him Bond himself would be a terrible move.

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4cadillac

Posted at 3:54 PM on October 25, 2012  

i think he would b a great bond.

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punkin

Posted at 12:04 PM on October 29, 2012  

Will always LOVE you Idris Elba. I think you would be great as the next “Black” James Bond. You are sexy and caring. Definitely look better than any James Bonds. Thats my oppinon and I am sticking to it. There’s no color when it comes to James Bond…Its the Actor…

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