Idris Elba Reportedly Still In Running For James Bond

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Fuqua responded that the transition "will happen eventually", going on to suggest Elba as the frontrunner for the part. Elba's name first came up in 2014 during the Sony hack, when leaked emails from then studio co-chair Amy Pascal revealed Elba as everyone's favourite to replace Daniel Craig. 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. However, given the length of time it took the actor to be confirmed in the role and the fact that he has played Bond for well over a decade now, it seems unlikely that he will be back for a sixth film.

He said to Vanity Fair: "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman. The London-born actor, 45, has both the appearance (he's 6'3") and cool charm to pull off the role.

"Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle is slated to direct the next James Bond film.

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Craig's return to the role will undoubtedly stun fans as he stated three years ago that he would "rather slit his wrists" than take on the role once more.

Director Antoine Fuqua discussed the possibility during a conversation with producer Barbara Broccoli who said "it is time" for a "non-white actor" to play the iconic character, the Daily Star reported. MGM will distribute the film domestically while Universal Pictures will handle worldwide distribution. I'd rather ... slash my wrists. We're done. All I want to do is move on'.

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