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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

UPDATE: Welp, it turns out that report from the Daily Star was complete B.S. A rep for Antoine Fuqua followed up with THR and said:

“He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting. It’s all made up stuff. Not sure how it got started.”

And this is why we can’t have nice things.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Idris Elba’s popularity is incredibly widespread. For years now, fans have been throwing out their love for the idea of seeing him take on the role of James Bond after Daniel Craig leaves, and that hasn’t happened yet, many are still hopeful. But is this something that could actually happen? Would the producers actually go for a black James Bond?

The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua recently spoke at the launch of his new app SoundFi, and it was there that he revealed that Barbara Broccoli — one of the franchise’s producers — feels that “it is time” for a minority to take the role and that “it will happen eventually.”

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But does Elba himself have a chance? Fuqua seems to think so:

“Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.”

But would they actually go for it? Sadly, I don’t think it’s in the cards. As of right now, Daniel Craig is 50 years old and Elba is 45. Would they be willing to go for a Bond that skews a bit on the older side? Well, they might, and Elba does have that presence, but if not, they would have to go younger.

More than anything, I hope they go for someone who’s lesser known. Elba is fantastic, but he’s so recognizable it’d be hard to get fully immersed as him playing Bond…at least for me.

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SOURCE: Daily Star

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.