Could Idris Elba Become the Seventh James Bond?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 6:56 am,

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Idris Elba’s star has been rising in Hollywood in recent years thanks to critically acclaimed roles on HBO’s The Wire and the BBC series, Luther. His commercial appeal is growing, too, after being cast in Thor (2011), Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012), and Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim (2013). The question for Elba now is – what next?

Yesterday, we learned that Sam Mendes has expressed doubts about directing another James Bond film after Skyfall, which sparked a debate in the comments about who should play James Bond after Daniel Craig’s tenure ends (he’s signed on for two more Bond films at the moment). One name that continues to pop up is Idris Elba, and now there’s reason to believe that it’s more than mere speculation.

According to Elba’s co-star in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the newest “Bond girl,” Naomie Harris – courtesy of The Huffington Post - Elba met with longtime Bond movie producer Barbara Broccoli to discuss the possibility of him becoming the first black James Bond. Check out what Harris said below:

“I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli 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.”

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Idris Elba and Naomie Harris of the upcoming film: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

Obviously, race has played a role in the discussion of whether or not Idris Elba might play James Bond, as Bond has been portrayed by a Caucasian actor over the span of 23 films and six decades. However, in October of last year, Elba dismissed skin color as a real argument against his being cast.

“I don’t want to be 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.”

So would Idris Elba make a quality James Bond, Screen Rant readers? He’s the right age, he has the right physical build, he’s English, and his acting talent and onscreen presence in Luther won him a 2012 Golden Globe. In our opinion, playing James Bond would be right in his wheelhouse.

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Still, there’s no telling when precisely the meeting between Idris Elba and Barbara Broccoli took place, as Naomie Harris didn’t specify. It’s entirely possible those talks happened well before the studio committed to Craig for two more films.

Even if Elba doesn’t break the James Bond color barrier, fans will certainly still have plenty to look forward to with Pacific Rim , a third season of Luther, and beyond.


Source: The Huffington Post

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  1. I see absolutely no reason to change actors when Craig is doing such a fine job as 007 and I was a huge fan of Brosnan, when he had the role!

  2. I personally loved Craig in the Bond films. I think if they are to going in a new direction then they will have to come up with a new name to not charaterize the actor being Bond but associated with Bond, like 006 or Bond 2.0, LOL. Then again that even sounds dumb. Why change something that has been working and ongoing for decades? I’d be interesting to see how the reaction would be if they were to cast Elba. He’s a great actor but would people buy in with him being the new James Bond

  3. I don’t know about James Bond but he would have been a great Alex Cross!!

  4. Stick with tradition please, James Bond is white and thats it, it would be a very controversial move to say the least, cant see it happening..

    • me too

    • @Scott chase

      Yes, and tradition also says that you shouldn’t be reading anything that isn’t printing on paper (such as this website, for example), that baseball is the U.S. national pasttime, contraceptives are evil and homosexuality a sin punishable by death.

      Please. James Bond is NOT a real person, so he is NOT white, black, green, or any other color. He is what the people telling his story say. Being white in no way informs James Bond’s character. Were you equally as outraged when Daniel Craig played Bond because Bond “isn’t blond haired and blue eyed?” Were you up in arms when they had Angelina Jolie play Salt when Salt was initially written to be played as a man?

      Hell, none of the Norse gods were black, but he made a damned great norse god in Thor. Give me a break and stop with your assinine ignorance. If you dont care for him as an actor or dont think he can pull of the style – those are legitimate. But don’t spout some garbage saying “an imaginary character is X”

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      • @Evan…Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

        • Thanks Mr. E

      • Well said man

  5. i’ll be honest i actually thought about him as bond. he has a certain “manly” thing going on that is lacking in hollywood right now. America has too many child type men playing macho roles. so much in fact that women are taking over as the new tough guys LOL.


    The states and britain juat aren’t ready yet for a black bond. We may think this is an advanced society but we aren’ even close. we are far too imature. we still have a lot of racial problems and i fear people would burn the theaters down if this happened.

    if anything i think the election of Obama has proved it is that racism never really died. in fact it has only grown stronger.

    i’d say in another 200 years maybe we will be ready. but right now… no i don’t think so. no way. some people are real sensetive about the idea of a black man taking over a so-called institution.

    • Unless you’re from “Outta Space” we are all apart of the same race…..”HUMAN”

    • I totally agree. Women because of birth control favor androgynous men. We need men back in Hollywood. No Justin Beiber’s thank you. They can reboot Bond. Idris would be great as Bond!

      • My brain cells just died reading your scientifically inaccurate comment. REALLY? Because of BIRTH CONTROL?! No. Just no.

      • You know what?
        I hope Justin Bieber is the new James Bond.
        And I hope Lucy Liu is the one after him.

        And I want to see your face when that happens.

      • @Wes – Huh?

    • @Dana
      What in theworld are you talking about? Did Jews burn down theaters playing The Passion? Will people in the southern states be burning down theaters with Django Unchained because it portras slave owners as cruel villains, is wildly historically inaccurate, and portrays a black an as a hero? Do asian countries riot and spil blood because white peope keep getting lead roles in films about asian culture/history (i.e. Last Samurai, 47 Ronin, Akira)? No!

      So the election of Obama was some sort of trick by racists? If the US were this crazy racit hotbed he woudnt have eached the Senate, et aloe the Presidency.

      Is there racism and racists? Sure. Will some idiots make racist commnts about a Bond? Of course. We also hav people online sayin Adele’s babyshould die bause Adele is fat and peple like you saying that the only reaso someone could hate Obama is because of his skin instead of his awful government policies.

      There will always be suc idiots and ignorant people, but guess what – they simply won’t see the movi. There will be no path of destructionjust because a fictional character is played by a black actor.

    • Ok so when will we be ready for a black James bond? You never know or can change that until action is taken. Do you think the world was ready for the Civil Rights Movement? No but it took place anyway and changed a lot. We can’t sit here and say the world isnt ready cause nothing will get accomplished.

      • @tony – Casting Idris as Bond is in no way equivalent to the Civil Rights Movement. Seriously. It’s a fictional character from a novel – nothing more.

        Paul Young

        • Ask the civil rights activist of the sixities what they thought about the fictional character Uhura being part of the bridge crew on Star Trek and Nichelle Nichols sharing the first on-screen kiss between a white and a black character. I’m pretty sure they would disagree with you downplaying the significance of such events. Casting a black man in such an iconic and traditionally white role as James Bond would have a positive impact on civil rights issues and racial acceptance, believe me.

          • There is no way you’re going to spin this to be a civil rights issue. Not you, not Reverend Sharpton, no one. It’s not about improving racial acceptance, it’s about staying true to the character. Uhura was conceptualized to be black, Bond wasn’t.
            I suppose the next thing you’re going to tell me is that we need to have a white Shaft? Or a white Madea? Or a white Alex Cross? That would surely have a positive impact on civil rights issues and racial acceptance, right??

        • Now Paul…you’re not going to let a whole truckload of Rational Common Sense stand in the way of Pure Racism/Closed-mindedness, are you?

  6. Well this thread just proves my point, Idris shouldn’t even want to be a part of something like this. He should be interested in doing his own thing and not getting tied to something that is established and people want to left the way it is. Let them stick some other more appropriate actor in the role when Craig is done, and people will find something else to complain about. At least it won’t be about the race of the actor.

  7. Why is everyone so determined to have a black James Bond? Ian Fleming must be turning in his grave. Is there something wrong with James Bond being white?

    • You are missing the point. It’s not at all about making Bond black. It’s about casting an actor who can easily bring across all the IMPORTANT traits that make James Bond James Bond. Being white is not one of those trait and Idris Elba has everything that it takes to bring that character across properly. The point is that the skin color shouldn’t matter at all, because it’s just a superficial detail like the hair or eye color, both of which have changed with each Bond actor without causing too much of a fuzz.

      • Then using that logic Elba (who is indeed a fine actor) should be cast in a remake of Jason Bourne. Or Star Wars as Obi Wan. Or Indiana Jones. Or Aragorn in LOTR. If you’re trying to equate changing Bond from white to black as the same thing as changing hair color from black to blond, I think YOU’VE missed the point.

        • How so?

        • You don’t get it. You bring up all these examples of Jason Bourne, Obi Wan, Indy and Aragorn assuming that I would start seeing your point and say something like “Oh yeah, you’re right, that wouldn’t work”. But here is the thing: I’d be totally fine with these characters being played by Idris Elba as well. He’d be great in these roles. What you don’t understand is: I don’t care about race at all. I think the whole notion of distinguishing people by races is ridiculous in the first place. The only things that really set people apart are culture, attitude and socilization. Neither of which are determined by skin color or other superficial anatomic details. Could a guy like Snoop Dog pull off those rolls? No, of course not. But neither could Eminem. You see, it has nothing to do with skin. There are black and white people alike who would be wrong for that role. But Idris Elba has the proper cultural background and attitude that it would take to be James Bond, and no kind of racism will change my mind about that.

          • Winchester…

            EXTREMELY well stated.

  8. It will never happen.

  9. It will never happen. It’s a stupid idea. Getting tired of hearing this rumor and since Craig just signed another 3 film deal it would most likely be another 10 year’s before another person plays bond and it would still not be Idris.

  10. Not a good Bond. He would definitely make a great Tyrese from the walking dead!

  11. I think you guys are crazy, I think Idris Elba would be an awesome James Bond

  12. I’d love to see Idris Elba as James Bond. He’s cool, he’s manly, he’s suave. I don’t see why James Bond can’t be black. He’s been Scottish and British and black-haired and brown-haired and blond-haired, why can’t he be blacks-skinned. I mean if you can have awesome James Bonds and terrible James Bonds why can’t you have black James Bonds and white James Bonds?

    But Idris Elba’s quote is ridiculous because I remember when Daniel Craig was first cast as James Bond everyone was like “What’s the deal with this blonde James Bond?”

  13. I’d like to see him play the black Jason Bourne.

  14. Idris Elba is great but he is not Bond.

  15. Don’t forget…many folks (wrongfully) got their panties in a twist over the idea of Will Smith as Superman; Smith himself even addressed the issue by saying, “There is no way I’m playing Superman! Because I had already done Jim West [of 'Wild Wild West'], and you can’t be messing up white people’s heroes in Hollywood! You mess up white people’s heroes in Hollywood, you’ll never work in this town again!”

    Although, in my opinion, it wasn’t Smith’s skin that killed “WWW”, it was the contentious, argumentative nature of his relationship with Kevin Kline’s Artemus Gordon and the ridiculousness of the plot.

  16. Only problem I can see: No jokes about Black men in “Bondage”…for obvious reasons.

  17. Black james bond? No way. He is a real person and he’s white! You don’t see white guys playing shaft. Daniel Craig’s shoes will be hard enough to fill without being black. Take your PC idea to tyler perry and make another worthless series on TBS.

      • @danlister – I got it.

        Paul Young – Moderator

  18. Elba would be a superb Bond but Fassbender is still my first choice

    • I never even considered Fassbender. He’d be perfect.

  19. Big fan of Idris Elba, as The Wire is in my opinion one of the best shows ever made. His portrayal as Stringer Bell was superb. I am not entirely sure if he would fit as Bond or not. I have zero problem with the race thing, and like I said, love the guy as an actor. Right or wrong, I do think if he were Bond, it would be controversial, without question. But who knows, maybe he would be a fabulous choice. I had HUGE reservations at first regarding Daniel Craig as Bond. Now I love him as Bond. I am a bit a product of the 80′s, so I pretty much grew up with Roger Moore, whom I loved. But he is the Anti-Craig. Gadgets, silly one-liners, comedy bits at every turn (lol). Great, fun stuff, but it has been fun to get different incantations of Bonds over the years, such as Craig. So heck, if they went with Idris, I’d watch it. But like I said, there would be controversy I would think.

  20. And then what? would we have a female bond, seriously, the film is based on the novel’s it may be ok to tweak minor characters race ,gender etc but the main character it would be like taking homer Simpson and making him mexican or changing Harry Potter in the last movie to a Chinese guy.

    Stupid Idea!

    • I do understand your argument, it it does have valor. I guess the key question is, how far can they stray from what Bond is supposed to be and look like via the novels, before it’s going too far…? I think Moore didn’t really seem like the Bond from the books, yet I loved him and believe he was in more Bond movies than any other actor. Craig looks absolutely nothing like Bond, yet he acts a bit more like him than Moore. Even among the least popular, in some cases Lazenby and Dalton were closer to the true Bond. Connery and Brosnan had lots of traits similar for sure too, though maybe lacking in some too. I guess it’s subjective. It seems the more popular Bonds (Connery, Moore, Craig, Brosnan) have been more successful box office wise, both close and far from the novels idea for Bond.

  21. Heck No it will not have A Black James Bond and That is not going to happen Period End of Story The End.

    • And you say this as the person who holds the exclusive rights to the character of James Bond, I assume?

      If not, I’d say that you have no influence upon whom Eon Productions/MGM casts in the role…and thanks very much for playing.

  22. I would love to see Idris Elba as James Bond for one reason. He is probably one of the finest actors of his generation.

  23. Sorry he’s a good actor but I’ve yet to see anything in his performances that convinces me he’d be big enough for Bond.

    Good looking guy but doesn’t have the cool to be 007.

  24. I certainly hope so! Why shouldn’t James Bond be black for a change? James Bond is an idea- and ideas grow and change with time. Life evolves, why shouldn’t Bond?

  25. Idris Elba is a fine actor and one of my favorites.

    His work with the “Luther” series is nothing short of excellent.

    I think a better question than should Elba play James Bond is why would he want to consider using his talent for such a one dimensional character? And despite its long history, most of the Bond movies have been pretty bad.

    I believe that Idris Elba should stay away from such franchises when he has the capacity to become as popular as Harrison Ford, who he outshines with his sheer acting capabilities…

  26. WhaT I think the next Bond should be one of the following: A woman named Jane Bond-Another idea would be have a cyborg James Bond, another idea would be a Animal James Bond. But my most favorite Bon would be a James Bond / Smurf team up. Who is with me?!?

  27. But no. I love the idea of a black Bond. But not Idris elba. He have that sleek look to be bond.

  28. What a thread packed full to the brim with casual racists and absolute idiots who wouldn’t be able to see the point even if you stabbed them in the face with it.

    Personally I think Elba is a fantastic actor, and has all the required qualities to make for a great James Bond, however we live in a society when even after three films, two of them hugely acclaimed, Daniel Craig still gets hit with whiny idiotic complaints about being too ugly and having the wrong coloured hair to play Bond. As such, I can just imagine the crapstorm of forced controversy that would erupt amongst the usual vocal idiot minority if an actor who wasn’t white was cast as Bond, even one as talented as Idris Elba undoubtedly is. As such if they ever do go down that path, I hope they are prepared for the reactionary idiot backlash that would be sure to follow.