You may have heard the latest reports that have surfaced from the recent Sony hacks regarding leaked emails from the co-chairman of the organisation, Amy Pascal, confessing her desire for Idris Elba to take on the role of 007 after Daniel Craig.
This isn’t the first cyber attack on Sony regarding the James Bond franchise with the script for next November’s feature, Spectre, being leaked online.
After Spectre, Craig is signed up for one more Bond and it is more than likely that he will vacate the position given the fact he’s been eager to give up the role for a while.
It’s not the first occasion that Elba’s name has been mentioned to don the famous character, with a number of online chat boxes speculating that he would be best for the role.
It would be hard to argue. Elba ticks every box for the role and those who say he shouldn’t play the role purely due to the colour of his skin really ought to re-evaluate their stance. As far as I’m aware, there is no description of James Bond’s ethnicity in the original books.
Elba himself has claimed he would love to don the role but has also played down the rumours suggesting that he will be the next Bond, saying that is simply just a rumour and no more.
Following his role in The Wire, Elba began to make a name for himself in BBC’s Luther. He has also become a popular figure in Hollywood in recent years following successful roles in Thor (2011), Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013) and Mandela: A long Walk to Freedom (2013).
The 41-year-old has plenty of class and talent and definitely would be the ideal choice for the next Bond actor’s position. He could face opposition from the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in last year’s Oscars Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave. There are also a number of outsiders who could potentially take on the role with the likes of Henry Cavill, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy having their names thrown into the hat.
However, Elba would seem the favourite to be offered the role given Pascal’s leaked email and I’m sure the favourite amongst the public. Whether that offer will come, we will have to wait and see.