“The Black James Bond”

There was a rumor floating around that actor Idris Elba was in contention to maybe play the iconic British role of James Bond. Yes, the man best known as Stringer Bell from The Wire and recently as Luther on the BBC show Luther, would take over for Daniel Craig (assuming he ends his run with this next movie).

“It’s a rumor,” he says flatly. But does that mean you should dismiss it out of hand? Not necessarily. Elba says he recently talked about the role with his father and said that while it sounded like an interesting idea, he had concerns. “I just don’t want to be the black James Bond,” he says. “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.”

That doesn’t, of course, really answer the most interesting question: What would he do if they asked him? At first, he’s noncommittal. “I”d definitely consider it,” he says. But when Linda Wertheimer presses the issue — if Sony called, would he get in a cab to take the meeting? — he can’t resist.

“I’d not only get in the cab,” he says, “but I’d take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage. The taxi, jump out while it was moving, jump onto a pedal bike that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get onto a plane — on the wing — land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office.”

Sounds pretty confident. And so does this closing line: “I’m never shaken or stirred.”

Oddly enough, not only would he make a stellar Bond, but people would be up in arms over his skin color. But, as an actor, he has every trait you’d want in a Bond and it would certainly be a bold move for the franchise.

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