A new, unconventional James Bond – could he be? 39



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For much of the year there has been speculation that Idris Elba, the lead actor from The Long Walk to Freedom could be Sony’s choice for the next James Bond, after Daniel Craig hangs up his pistol.  And now, the man himself has responded on Twitter, saying: “Isn’t James Bond supposed to be handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New Year people.”  He tweeted this alongside a photo of himself trying to hide his handsomeness.

The idea of Luther star, Elba being cast as James Bond was first leaked right back on the 4th of January 2014 when emails from a cyberattack on Sony exposed that the Sony Chairman thought the star of Luther certainly could play the famous spy.

“Idris should be the next Bond,” Pascal wrote in a Jan. 4 email to Elizabeth Cantillon, the former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures.

And as long ago as 2011, Idris told told NPR.“I’d definitely consider it.”

“I just 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.”

Do you think Elba would be a good James Bond or it is stepping too far from the traditional look of the iconic character?


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  1. No , Jackie chan the only one who can do the things James Bond was written to do.

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    • Ian Fleming was a spy !! He was based in Naval Intelligence.
      While working for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War, Fleming was involved in planning Operation Goldeneye and in the planning and oversight of two intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. His wartime service and his career as a journalist provided much of the background, detail and depth of the James Bond novels. So Jackie Chan would not measure up

    • Ha ha.. I know who Ian Flemming was…. Also know that the movies made about 007 were exaggerated and impossible for one human being to accomplish. I guess that’s why so many actors have played the part. Now was 007 white Englishman or black or yellow Englishman . to get into and out of the situations that this supposed superman got into would take extreme training …. Speed actions and thoughts….. And from what I hear and see of 007 he spent a lot of time womanising… The opposition spy ladies… So as improbable as it may sound I think Jackie Chan could easily put interest and probability back into the life of a war hero and leave the grot out of it… Just my opinion. Rant over

  2. Not racist. But.. Bond is not black and I would not watch it… It would be the same if brad Pitt were to play Martin Luther king… Can’t happen….

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    • Brad Pitt playing Jack Reacher was odd enough particularly when Jack Reacher is described as six foot five inches tall craggy scarred and large build . You can see why is was funny cant you

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      • not Brad Pitt but Tom Cruise who is shorter still

    • Sorry Pam .. I’m a traditionalist… James Bond should always be a suave British operative.. The way Fleming wrote it. I don’t like tampering with tradition….

    • I agree Henry. Sometimes I think our obsession with not appearing to be racist is taking things too far. Let’s keep things in perspective. 007 is a white British man just as he was written.

  3. He can be my Bond Man any day. His smile is near perfect. His acting is good, loved him in The Wire, incredible show. Don’t tell my hubby though. Lol

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