With Daniel Carig having reportedly stepped down from his role as James Bond, it is no surprise that the producers would want to find a replacement for an actor to act as the spy in the next James Bond movie after Spectre. According to reports, the 47 year old actor is set to star in a series called Purity which will run a reportedly 20 episodes a piece. It seems the James Bond star who has had the role for over ten years is finally hanging his boots and Idris Elba is in the running to become his replacement. If your source of wealth is acting, wouldn't you want to be James Bond? This was revealed back in 2014 when emails from Sony seemed to suggest that Elba was Amy Pascals favorite to replace Carig. However, this has sparked a very large debate on whether there can ever be a black James Bond. Will we ever see a black James Bond movie? who is up for the next James Bond movie role? Is Idris Elba the next James Bond?
Read on to this article and learn why Idris Elba could be the next James Bond and what are the people reactions in regards to this.
Reasons why Daniel Carig stepped down as James Bond
The star has reportedly hanged his boots and will not be in the new James Bond movie 2018 edition. It is reported that the famous actor had issues in the last James Bond movie. It is claimed that the star initially had problems with the script and during the shooting of the movie he displayed a very bad attitude. A source claimed that;
“They had problems initially with the script, Craig was injured on the set and needed knee surgery, and they were still doing re-shoots last month, even though the movie is out in weeks. It was a very difficult shoot, to say the least”.
Apart from the producers fellow actors were also not happy with the star with some accusing him of thinking he is better the Bond franchise. Although he was paid a total of £7.38million for his last James Bond movie, making him the highest paid Bond actor of all time, the actor still insisted on quitting. He stated in an interview that;
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists”
When asked if he would be back for another James Bond movie as the lead actor. He further made it clear that “We’re done. All I want to do is move on”. It seems the star has moved on from he role. He insists that the only time he would go back to playing the role would only be for the money. He however has no hard feelings towards the movie saying that;
“Good luck to them, all I care about is that if I stop doing these things we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better.” People since then have been waiting for the news to read ‘new James Bond actor announced!’
Who is in running for next James Bond
The directors for the movie have been looking at options for the perfect replacement. There are a number of people who are in line to replace the 50 year old as the top spy. The actors who have been tipped including Idris Elba are; Jamie Dornan, Tom Hardy, James Norton, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender. Due to the uncertainty on who should be the next James Bond actors are really hoping to get in the race.
Idris Elba as James Bond
In 2015, Idris Elba during an interview seemed like being excited about playing James Bond. He said
“If human beings want to know if there’s any connectivity between all of us, the one thing I’ve heard around the world universally is that, ‘You’ll be great at James Bond!, If it should happen, that’s proof there’s connectivity amongst human beings. If everyone wants something, they can make it happen. That would be true”.
In August 12th 2018 Idris Elba posted on his twitter handle
“my name is Elba, Idris Elba” mimicking the signature line of the James Bond movie “the name’s Bond, James Bond”.
These further heightened the rumors that he is indeed in the running to become the next James Bond. What makes Idris Elba suited for this role? Below are some reasons why Idris Elba may be the next James Bond derived from the personality and traits of James Bond.
1. James Bond personality
James Bond is a good looking secret agent. Idris Elba was in 2007 named Peoples’ Magazine 100 most beautiful people in the world. And if you want someone who will make people watch your film then Idris Elba would be the best fit. In 2016 he was named among the top 100 most influential people by the Time Magazine. Not forgetting the fact that he is the only male to ever be featured by Maxim magazine on their cover page.
2. James Bond skills
James Bond is a man with very many skills. One of the skills he possess is one of being a strategist. He is depicted as a man who will device several plans that help him achieve his goals. If you watched the 2002 HBO series ‘Wire’ you would know that Idris Elba has some strategy skills. He played the role of “Stringer bell” a drug dealer. In the film he plays his role well being very calculative that he even goes and gets an education to help run the drug business.
3. James Bond is physically fit
James Bond is known for being physically fit. James Bond is tough, muscular and engages in high intensity training sessions. He works out every day and has a nice body. Idris Elba is also a physically fit man. His demeanor is that of a dominant man and this was evident in his role in Thor as Heimdall. His role in Thor showed that he is capable of pulling off a hand to hand fighting scene very well.
4. Idris Elba can switch roles easily
Looking at the movies that he has starred in, yo will realize that he is actually a talented actor. He is able to switch roles so perfectly as required by his profession . From the drug dealer who ordered hits on people to playing a role in ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ making people tear. He also says that he is there for the industry. For him ‘it’s entertainment and about the character’. He admits h loves playing the different roles he is given.
People take on Idris Elba as James Bond
Barbara Broccoli, the 007 director is reported to have suggested that Idris Elba would be a good fit for James Bond. Antoine Fuqua confirmed that the Barbara Broccoli was of the idea that if Idris Elba was in shape he would actually be a good fit to play the spy role. This comes almost four years after the emails from the co-chairman of Sony, Amy Pascal revealed that Elba was her personal choice for the role.
Some people are of a different opinion. Joanna Lumley thinks that the actor does not fit the character. She gave her opinion during an interview stated “Idris Elba is stunning - and was incidentally in Absolutely Fabulous - but I don’t think he is right for Bond, who is quite clearly described in the book”
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What is Idris Elba saying about the rumors
Initially, Idris Elba was open to discussing the possibility of him being the next James Bond. People were actually happy that he would be the next James Bond. They suggested that he would fit the role perfectly. Later on, he preferred not to talk about the issue stating,
“why not?(talk about the possibility of him landing the role) Because it feels like I’m campaigning, and I’m not. At first it was harmless - oh, I know, wouldn’t it be great? - and now it’s started off racial debates. I’m probably the most famous Bond actor in the world, and I’ve not even played the role. Enough is enough. I can’t talk about it anymore”
Idris Elba however does not think that people should judge him being selected for the role as a race issue. During an interview he said
“I don’t know, man. It’s interesting that the James Bond thing continues to go. I think it’s more about, we just want to have a black guy play James Bond rather than Idris Elba the actor play James Bond. That’s the part that I’m like, “Ugh, come on.” He also says that people want a change, people want to see someone do something different. He reiterates that the actor could even be a female regardless of their race.
You should also note that he is a married man and apparently his wife thinks it is a bad idea for him to take the role.
The question still lingers,who is the next James Bond 2018? Will they go with Idris Elba? And if they do, what will the next James Bond movie title be? We shall wait and see if this becomes an addition to Idris Elba achievements. Supposing he does land the role, his children will get to see their dad as the first black James Bond, how amazing will that be.