Shortly after Daniel Craig was announced as next James Bond in 2005, Jamie Foxx said it was time for a black James Bond. Mostly because Jamie Foxx wanted to be the black James Bond. And since that is a horrible idea, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli met with British actor Idris Elba (Luther and motherfuckin Stringer Bell) to discuss taking over for Craig when five picture deal is done. Let me be the first to say, oh hell yes. Huffington Post reports:
In recent years there’s been talks of the possibility of fans seeing a black James Bond at some point. Do you have any personal favorites that you would consider for the role?
I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli [James Bond producer] and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy. [Laughs]
He’s also a fellow London native, as well.
That’s right. I didn’t even realize that until I started to work with him. I thought he was an American based on his role on “The Wire.” [Laughs]
First off, if you’ve never seen “Luther”, do so immediately, and second, there really is no second. Sign him up now. I realize some James Bond
racistspurists, might make the point that James Bond is white and should only be played by a white actor, but James Bond is also British yet has been played by Irish and Scottish actors. Also, Shrek is a 9-foot tall forest ogre yet he was played by a 5’4″ white guy from Canada, so let’s not all get up in arms here.