Idris Elba is close to finally winning the role of James Bond

Idris Elba James Bond

You need a guy with physically strong presence. "Idris has that." Fuqua is known for his legendary work on Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, and Southpaw. Craig will play Bond one last time in the still untitled Bond 25 flick, although he has infamously tried to get out of the role in the past. He would also be 47 when Bond 26, in theory, would begin filming.

For some fans, that possibility is more than enough. And now, it appears a turn as James Bond is in Elba's future. "He would not be lucky to play Bond, the studio would be lucky to have him do it", wrote The Trevor Project's Calvin Stowell. Bond 25 is being produced by Eon Productions with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson producing.

Former Sony honcho Amy Pascal backed Elba for the role in 2014 in a leaked email, but the British actor has always shied away from discussing the prospect, and even suggested that a woman should replace Daniel Craig this year. "Idris has that", the director added.

However, Elba once insisted that no one is genuinely considering him to play 007.

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The Hollywood chief, 58, told an industry pal "it is time" for the famous spy to be played by a black actor.

He later lodged the idea of having a female Bond rather than another male. "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman - but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have...do something different with it, why not?"

The author denied this was a coded racist slur and explained: "Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better".

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