James Bond producer says 'it is time' for a black 007

Kate Oates

On Friday, the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star tabloid published an article claiming that director Antoine Fuqua reportedly said Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli thinks "it is time" for a black actor to star in the franchise.

Once Daniel Craig parks his Aston Martin and sets down his martini glass for good, heartthrob Idris Elba could be the next leading man to take up the role of James Bond if the rumours are to be believed.

In a Daily Star article, director Antoine Fuqua is said to have a conversation with the Bond producer about potentially recasting Bond with a non-white actor.

He added: "Idris could do it if he was in shape". However, given the length of time it took the actor to be confirmed in the role and the fact that he has played Bond for well over a decade now, it seems unlikely that he will be back for a sixth film. 'You need a guy with a physically strong presence. "Happy New Year people", Elba wrote at the time.

However, Elba himself has long played down the idea.

Idris Elba was rumored to be the next James Bond, reports stated.

Fuqua probably isn't in any position for Broccoli to reveal any concrete information to him (especially if he blabs it all over the internet...), and it's likely that the conversation is still just a rumor, but it's also true that Elba probably would make a brilliant Bond.

Former Sony honcho Amy Pascal backed Elba for the role in 2014 in a leaked email, but the British actor has always shied away from discussing the prospect, and even suggested that a woman should replace Daniel Craig this year.

"For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part".

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