Let's see, he's tall, incredibly handsome, has a dashing English accent, and he looks like he'd be right at home with a hot woman in one hand and a chilled martini in the other. Shaken, not stirred, of course. Yes, I'd say Idris Elba would make a damn fine Bond . . . James Bond.
There's been a long-running rumor that Elba—who will forever have a special place in MY heart as Stringer Bell from The Wire—might be in the running to take over the 007 franchise, but he'd like to make one thing clear. Call him the hottest drug kingpin that's ever been on television, call him one of hottest actors on television period—just don't call him the first black James Bond.
As he said in a recent interview with NPR,
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.
Well, truthfully Daniel Craig was often dubbed "the blonde Bond" by tabloids when he first took on the role, but I understand what Elba's getting at. I suspect it would be inevitable that he'd be referred to as the first black Bond, regardless of whether or not it would be appropriate, but I can tell you one thing: I'd be calling him the sexiest Bond, because mrrrrrrroow. Sean Connery's Bond was a bit before my time, and neither Pierce Brosnan nor Daniel Craig has ever particularly done it for me—but Idris Elba? TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORY.
I . . . I hope he wears his Stringer Bell glasses. Also I hope he says "You feel me?" at least once, because OH YES INDEED I DO, SIR.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem super likely that Elba will be taking on the role any time soon, since Craig only has two Bond movies under his belt so far. Craig has at least one more to go, with Sam Mendes' upcoming, still untitled 23rd Bond film currently in pre-production.
Still, there's always the question of who will replace Craig as the franchise continues to pump out the ever-popular films. If I haven't made it obvious already, I would be super thrilled to hear Elba was next in line, and apparently he would be too—here's what he said when asked if he would "get in the cab" to Sony's office to talk about the role.
I'd not only get in the cab, but I'd take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage. The taxi: jump out while it was moving, jump on to a pedal bike that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get on a plane – on the wing – land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office.
Uh, did it just get really warm in here? Because I suddenly need to . . . fan my décolletage, just a bit.
What do you think about Idris Elba as the next James Bond?
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