007 Producers said Idris Elba would make a great James Bond
Will Idris Elba be the next James Bond?
It’s the rumour that just refuses to die. And with non-committal answers from both sides it doesn’t look like anyone wants it to. Idris Elba is the hot favourite to be the next to hold the license to kill and there doesn’t even seem to be any other contenders. The rumours first starting to be taken seriously in December 2014 when then Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal’s emails were leaked and revealed her desire for Elba to be Daniel Craig’s successor. Elba responded to this news in typical fashion tweeting ‘Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot!’
Since then the talk had barely died when this week doing press for the launch of the teaser for the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’, franchise producer Michael G. Wilson did nothing to quell the talk.
‘I think he’d [Idris Elba] would make a great Bond’ was Wilson’s immediate reply to further questioning on the British actor’s suitability. ‘I’m a huge fan of Idris – we all are. He’s a great actor, and he could do anything. So ask me when we’re looking for a new Bond- which hopefully won’t be for a long time.’
It’s that last point that really takes the wind out of the sails of these rumours. However much the Bond producers want Elba to be the next 007, it seems we still don’t need a new one yet… Craig is a very popular Bond, his last outing, Skyfall, grossed a record breaking $1 billion. So naturally he isn’t someone who should be worried about their job security. Unless there is a dramatic shift in his box office takings he’ll probably only leave when he so desires. Wilson says, ‘We want him for as long as he wants. That’s the simple answer.’
I think it goes without saying that I think Elba would be an amazing Bond. His work in blockbusters like Thor and Pacific Rim show he can handle action, whilst his performances in Mandela and TV shows The Wire and Luther show he has dramatic chops. Obviously he’ll add a new perspective to the role, not just from being black but he also doesn’t fit the ‘posh’ stereotype of the role. Hopefully this all means it’ll appeal to a wider audience.
But it’s pointless to speculate (not that that will stop me) even if Elba is lined up to be the next Bond, based on Wilson’s words it looks like we won’t find out for a while.
– Dylan Wiggan