James Bond: Door open for Idris Elba to be ‘first black 007’

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But Pierce Brosnan, who played by from 1994 to 2003, is a proponent of Idris Elba playing Bond. The script for the 25th Bond film is now being written by Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge: "We've got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment".

As of writing, Daniel Craig is the only confirmed cast member returning to Bond 25 as the eponymous spy. Back in 2014, internal emails from Sony had revealed Elba to be the choice of co-chairman Amy Pascal to play James Bond. According to The Independent UK, Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli claims that the "door is open" for a Black James Bond once Daniel Craig abandons the role.

He said as long as Elba was "in shape", he could do it, adding that the films need a man with a physically strong presence [VIDEO], which Idris definitely has.

The rumors have persisted for years, but will the stars of fate finally align and make Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) the next James Bond? Let us also note that this is more the idea of a black actor, Idris Elba, who was allegedly the subject of the exchange.

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No matter the outcry, moviegoers seem largely convinced that Elba could handle the martini-loving role - and perhaps a few others while he's at it.

"I think now that I have my "Mission: Impossible" badge we can do real stunts and amp it up". It's still very much hearsay (especially since Elba himself has been pretty staunch in saying that not only is he not officially the next Bond, but he'd like to see a woman take on the role).

Danny Boyle will direct the next as-yet-untitled film in the franchise, slated for release on 25 October next year. The author of the 2015 James Bond novel, "Trigger Mortis".

In January, the Luthor star said producers should "do something different" with the role and have a black or white actress take up the mantle of the spy franchise.

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