Idris Elba flattered by James Bond rumors

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Idris Elba who is best known for his role in The Wire and for his excellent BBC series Luther was brought up late last year as a potential candidate to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig. In fact it was rumored that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli had mentioned that she’d like to see Elba take on the role once Daniel Craig’s contract has expired.

Since the story broke last year Elba has been the subject of much attention with regards to the role of the UKs most beloved secret agent. And in a recent interview with GQ Magazine the actor revealed that he was very flattered by the suggestion that he’d make a good James Bond, but also said that he has been asked to play it down by the powers that be.

“It’s a rumour. And, I have to tell you, if the producers of Bond thought that I was self-campaigning, it would be such a turn-off,” Elba said.

“I’m flattered, obviously, but I’ve been advised to just pipe down about it.”

He added: “Apparently, Daniel Craig said I’d be a great Bond. Daniel, why did you say that? Dropped me right in it! What an honour it would be, but also, what an indication of change.

“I know Ian Fleming lived in Jamaica for a long time, didn’t he? I think it’s interesting to think what he would have made of a black man playing Bond.”

Elba, who was cast as Heimdel in the Thor movies has gone on record for saying that he’d love to play Bond, but would shy away from the label of “the first black James Bond”.

“Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond,” he explained.

“So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”

Last year Naomi Harris, who took on the role of Money Penny in Skyfall revealed that Elba has met up with Barbara Broccoli to discuss the role.

 

Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of scifipulse.net. A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.

 

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