James Bond Producers Reportedly Eyeing Idris Elba As Next 007

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The news comes by way of The Daily Star, which reportedly caught Fuqua's comments about his conversation with Broccoli at the launch of his new app SoundFi, which supposedly provides "3D sound for movies" delivered through viewers' headphones.

"The 'Idris Elba for James Bond" conversation has been rumbling on for years now - always in speculative terms, with lashings of wish fulfillment, skepticism, and no clear indication from Elba himself that he even wants to take on the legendary spy.

On Friday, the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star tabloid published an article claiming that director Antoine Fuqua reportedly said Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli thinks "it is time" for a black actor to star in the franchise.

Broccoli said "it will happen eventually", Fuqua told the paper. And now, it appears a turn as James Bond is in Elba's future.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", explained Fuqua.

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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. Bond 25 is being produced by Eon Productions with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson producing. You need a guy with physically strong presence.

Idris Elba's filmography proves that he can play any role he damn well wants to.

He later lodged the idea of having a female Bond rather than another male.

He said to Vanity Fair: "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman".

The author denied this was a coded racist slur and explained: "Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better".