Here's Why Idris Elba Should Become The Next James Bond

Here's Why Idris Elba Should Become The Next James Bond

Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, and Roger Moore have previously played the British spy.

For years, fans have been hoping Idris Elba would step into the shoes of James Bond. In the past we've seen Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and Roger Moore play the sexy spy. Sean Connery has often been regarded as the best actor to step into the shoes of the iconic character.


We last saw Daniel Craig play 007 in a string of Bond films. From Casino Royale, Craig followed it with the underwhelming Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and finally Spectre. The movies haven't been doing that great and even Craig himself seems disinterested in the role. The actor sat down for an extensive interview where he spoke of his last and final Bond film No Time to Die. “I was never going to do one again,” he told GQ. “I was like, ‘Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?’ And I didn’t feel… I felt physically really low. So the prospect of doing another movie was just like, it was off the cards. And that’s why it has been five years.”


James Bond has been a big-screen fixture since 1962 but his charm has died down quite a bit over the years. According to Cinema Blend, while many want Idris Elba to fill in the agent's shoes, some believe he deserves better. Sure the actor is as incredibly sexy as he is British. He's also an acclaimed actor with incredible performances throughout his career especially with The Wire and Beasts of No Nation. So Cinema Blend suggests "Rather than fitting Idris Elba into the role of James Bond, why not write Idris Elba his own character worthy of a franchise."


Some people also believe the Bond franchise needs to seize this opportunity to start fresh and maybe with a younger star. Elba is 48 years old while Craig is 53. But there are lots of fans who are still keen to see Elba in a signature Bond move of adjusting his tailored suit right after knocking a group of men to the ground. Also, they'd love to see a person of color take up the role of the suave agent. 


But for fans who want Elba to star as Bond, looks like there's some bad news. He doesn't really like talking about it. “James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey. Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?,’ I’d be like, ‘Yeah!’ That’s fascinating to me. But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.’” He added, "You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin,” he told Vanity Fair in 2019. “And then if I get it and it didn’t work or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.” 

Actor Idris Elba attends the Royal film performance of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" on December 5, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

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