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. The article says Broccoli told Fuqua "it is time" for a person of colour to get the role. There's also the fact that Elba plans to follow up his directorial debut Yardie with an amibitious adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as actor, director, producer and musician - so he may well be too busy for Bond.
Twitter user @wordtoJude felt this news was a long time coming - "IVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS".
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Fuqua then hinted that Elba could eventually be in the running for the role, saying, "Idris could do it if he was in shape". 'You need a guy with a physically strong presence.
In 2016, director Steven Spielberg told Express UK that he "would love to see a Bond of color", and that "Idris would be [his] first choice of Bond" to take over after Craig takes off his tux, sets down his briefcase, and hands in his various guns and gadgets.
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Elba is baffled by the rumours, and insisted that producers have yet to approach him about the role, and it's all up to the "will of the people".
"The 'Idris Elba for James Bond" conversation has been rumbling on for years now - always in speculative terms, with lashings of wish fulfillment, skepticism, and no clear indication from Elba himself that he even wants to take on the legendary spy.
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The author denied this was a coded racist slur and explained: "Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better".