‘My name’s Elba, Idris Elba’ the actor tweeted following widespread media pick-up this week of a British tabloid report that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told director Antoine Fuqua “it is time” for a non-white actor to star as 007.
Elba has been in the ‘next Bond’ conversation for years. But sourcing on the topic has been largely speculative and the widespread pick-up this week was somewhat surprising. Bond producer Eon has been shtum on the subject to date.
Bond 25 is expected to be Daniel Craig’s last. When I spoke to Elba earlier this year he told me he had never been approached for the part. He admitted Bond was a “pinnacle role” but said the speculation had become a “farce” which he was now “numb” to. Numb, but not entirely immune it would seem in light of today’s message.