James Bond boss reportedly eyeing Idris Elba to play 007

With Daniel Craig set to make his fifth and final appearance as James Bond in next year's as-yet-untitled Bond 25 from director Danny Boyle, the rumour mill appears to be wasting little time in looking towards his replacement as 007.

British actor Idris Elba is reportedly being eyed to take over as the new James Bond, once Daniel Craig retires from the role.

Last August, Craig had revealed he would return to the iconic role one last time, having previously played Bond four times: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.

According to The Independent UK, Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli claims that the "door is open" for a Black James Bond once Daniel Craig abandons the role. "Idris has that." Fuqua is known for his legendary work on Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, and Southpaw.

Broccoli said "it will happen eventually", Fuqua told the paper.

Tom Hardy had been mentioned, as had Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston, but Elba remains the most popular choice, even if his inclusion on the shortlist is considered controversial by some people.

Fuqua added: "Idris could do it if he was in shape".

Upon hearing that Elba is in the frontrunning to play Bond next, the internet shared their opinions. Since, however, inclinations that Elba might be the first non-white Bond have subsided, until recently. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

He said to Vanity Fair: "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman". Will Elba want to play it as much as everyone else wants him to?

  • Kyle Peterson