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Will Idris Elba be the first black James Bond?

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
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According to the National Monitor on Oct. 27, the first black James Bond could be in the cards sooner than most people think. The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, has proposed Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard for the roll when he's finished with it, but the name of actor Idris Elba keeps cropping up.

According to Bond girl Naomie Harris, it's a definite possibility.

“I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond,” Ms. Harris said during an interview with The Huffington Post.

There have been rumors of a black James Bond since 2008. The author of the Bond books, Ian Fleming, was very resistant to the idea, but the character of James Bond has evolved a lot in the years since Fleming's death. Idris Elba would fit the bill handsomely.

The actor born Idrissa Akuna Elba in London 40 years ago has played in many British and American productions. He is probably best known for playing Stringer Bell in HBO's "The Wire." He won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Detective John Luther in BBC One's production of "Luther." He was last seen at the movies in "Prometheus" and "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."

Will Idris Elba be the first black James Bond? We won't know for awhile yet as Daniel Craig will play James Bond in at least two more films after "Skyfall," the latest installment in the franchise. Some folks think Craig is the best Bond of all time. Others are steadfast Sean Connery fans and won't budge on who is the best.

And who knows? There just might be room in that best list for the talented Idris Elba.


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