The name's Elba, Idris Elba (sorry).
Bond fans, listen up – it looks like your new 007 is going to be London actor Idris Elba.
And we're not sure how we feel about the whole thing tbh.
The 45-year-old's hat has been in the ring for some time now along with the likes of Irish actor Aidan Turner and Brit Tom Hiddleston.
According to Esquire, the idea of Elba as Bond started waaay back in 2014, when a few emails were leaked in the massive Sony hack.
James Bond boss hints Idris Elba could become 007 after all https://t.co/8PqJYJWwTh
— Independent Film (@TheIndyFilm) August 9, 2018
Then-studio co-chair Amy Pascal had let slip to a a colleague that "Idris should be the next Bond."
Idris spent the last few years denying that he wil be taking on the role and even advocated that the next Bond should be female.
Well, it looks like that won't be the case as it's now being reported that Bond producers are seriously eager for Idris to snap up the part.
According to the Independent, ''director Antoine Fuqua revealed the details of a conversation with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, in which she said "it is time" for a non-white actor to take on the iconic role. Fuqua discussed who might be next in the running with Broccoli, who's certain the progressive move "will happen eventually", with Idris Elba a reported frontrunner for the role.''
Couple of comments… I never like when they change a character too far or for the sake of change(007 was white scottish/swiss) However, Idris Elba is fantastic, and would be wonderful, but then again, he's a little old to START being Bond IMHO. https://t.co/EJ6IRbC4u0
— Jeff Peeples (@D_southerngent) August 10, 2018
This latest news has obviously got a massive response and a few contrasting opinions to say the least.
While some people were excited for Idris to step into the role, saying, ''I have seen exactly one bond film since they replaced Roger Moore…..Idris Elba as Bond I gotta see though!'' others had their reservations, especially when it came to the actor's age.
''I wouldn't mind Idris Elba as the new bond I guess, except that he's way too old! Why do they keep casting old Bonds! He's meant to be in his middle 30s!'' one tweeted.
That's a fair point but remember when people were going mad because Daniel Craig was blonde and they couldn't imagine a fair-haired Bond?
So we say g'luck to Idris if he's successful – he's a fab actor so we're sure he'll smash it anyway.