I think the last James Bond movie I watched was Casino Royale, which I saw in theatres for some reason (despite never having seen any of the previous Bond movies) – it’s not really my thing, but I do realize Bond is an institution and people take it Very Seriously, as they do many things which aren’t actually all that serious. Daniel Craig is coming to the end of his tenure in the Bond role, and chatter about who will replace him has been rampant. The biggest contender at the moment is Idris Elba, the hottie with a body – and yes, I’m being facetious using that expression – who you may remember from The Wire, Luther, or any of his other memorable roles (but not The Office, because that was terrible).
From The Daily Beast:
It seems Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal is a big fan of the idea, too.
An email sent on January 4, 2014, from Pascal to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, simply says, “Idris should be the next bond.”
Execs may be keen to sign him up for the role (and Elba himself has said he’d love the opportunity), but some (racists) aren’t too happy with a black man portraying a white guy. Never mind the fact that white actors portray people of colour pretty nonstop. Even Bond author Anthony Horowitz had the nerve to say to the press that Idris is “too street” to play Bond… yes, seriously. He’s since apologized and said he’s “mortified” by any offense caused, but he’s not sorry for being a racist, so fuck that guy.
I think Idris would be a great choice for the role. He has the class AND the handsomeness to play such a debonair role and I’m totally into it. Better than Daniel fucking Craig, who’s awful.