It’s been a hot debate as with strong opinions both for and against as regards the future of James Bond!
The subject of the next 007 became a global debate after leaked emails from the Sony hack suggested Idris could take over from Daniel Craig. Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal allegedly told a top executive at Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, that ‘Idris should be the next Bond’.
Prior to this moment, Idris Elba has been in the news as one of the many actors who leads in the contest for the 007 role. And just recently, it appears Idris has got the backing of former 007 star, Pierce Brosnan as he strongly endorses the African-American.
The 42-year-old actor’s name has been repeatedly touted amongst potential candidates for the coveted role as speculation rages over the future of current incumbent Daniel Craig, who is currently filming Spectre – his fourth film as the debonair special agent.
According to MailOnline, When asked to comment on the issue, Brosnan, 61, gave his blessing to two black actors – Elba and former co-star Colin Salmon, with whom he previously featured in Bond movies The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day as MI6 Deputy Chief of Staff Charles Robinson.
‘Yeah, he would make a good Bond,’ he said of Elba’s credentials. ‘Colin Salmon also. May the best man get the job and may Daniel (Craig) bring home the bacon for as long as he wants.’
Pierce Brosnan seems to be in support of the black actors playing the role of James Bond, the Irish actor played Bond four times between 1995 and 2002 before being replaced by the younger Craig. Since Sean Connery hung up his licence to kill, 007 has been played by an Australian actor (George Lazenbury) and an Irish actor (Pierce Brosnan) and a few blondes, like Roger Moore and Daniel Craig, thrown into the mix.
Now 46 and bolstered by the enormous commercial success of the Sam Mendes directed Skyfall, Craig has signed up for two more films – but critics, many of whom believe he is now too old for the role – are already looking at a potential successor.
The British actor addressed the issue himself by posting a picture on Twitter with the message: ‘Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.’
Elba has previously won the backing of rapper Kanye West, who described the London-born actor’s casting as a ‘visionary moment.’ He told The Sun: ‘I know Idris a little bit and he is a big talent. The movies he has been making are special, and when the role for James Bond comes up it needs to be his.
‘James Bond is a role made for British actors and you won’t find a British actor who has the talent of Idris. To be honest, you won’t find many anywhere who have his talent. ‘Artists should be visionaries. A black James Bond would be visionary no doubt. Something that 30 years ago would have seemed crazy should now be something that is a real possibility.’
In a 2011 interview with NPR, Idris admitted he’s not interested in becoming the ‘black’ James Bond.
Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond,’ he said.