Idris Elba in talks to replace Daniel Craig to become first black Bond
Idris Elba, known to audiences for his role as Stringer Bell in HBO's The Wire.
Idris Elba is in talks to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, making him the first black 007 agent in cinema’s longest running franchise.
The London-born actor is in talks with producer Barbara Broccoli to take over from Craig as the iconic British spy in the future.
New Bond girl Naomie Harris – who plays Eve in the latest chapter Skyfall - said of the news: “I didn’t realise 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.
“And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.”
Craig is contracted for two more Bond films, so Idris’ would take over the role in several years’ time.
The London-born actor rose to fame as drug lord Stringer Bell in TV series The Wire, and was awarded a Golden Globe for his lead role in BBC crime series Luther.
Elba recently revealed that although he was interested in the part, he wants to be remembered for his skills as an actor and not for his skin colour.
He said: “I don’t want to be the black James Bond. Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”