“I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then 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,” she said. “And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.”
We love this idea. Elba has become a huge name in Hollywood over the past decade, starting with a long-running role on The Wire before moving on to Thor, the TV series Luther and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He had a pivotal role in Prometheus this year, and we’ll see him in Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World and No Good Deed in 2013. The Golden Globe-winner gives consistently great performances, and Elba has the look and charm to be a great Bond.
Of course, the switch won’t be happening any time soon. Daniel Craig is signed on to at least two more Bond films after Skyfall, which will likely take us through 2016. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess what the status of the Bond franchise and its leading men will be.
For now, fans and critics seem to be pretty happy with Craig’s take on James Bond. In the Spinoff review of Skyfall, our own Katie Calautti says that “Mendes hasn’t simply made an outstanding entry into the James Bond franchise, he’s made an outstanding film, period.” She adds that “Daniel Craig is back in top form, as charismatic straightening his cufflinks amid a chase as he is struggling to complete a set of pull-ups.” As other Skyfall reviews have trickled out in anticipation of the movie’s November release, most critics have echoed similar sentiments.
Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall finds 007’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) tested as her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter what the personal cost. The film, which also stars Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace and Tonia Sotiropoulou, opens in the United Kingdom Friday and in the United States Nov. 9.