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Skyfall’s Naomie Harris Wants Idris Elba As Next James Bond

Skyfall will hit theaters in a little more than two weeks, but lead actress Naomie Harris is already looking forward.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Harris said she would love to see Pacific Rim star Idris Elba take up the mantle and be the first black Bond.

“I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond,” she said. “And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.”

We love this idea. Elba has become a huge name in Hollywood over the past decade, starting with a long-running role on The Wire before moving on to Thor, the TV series Luther and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He had a pivotal role in Prometheus this year, and we’ll see him in Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World and No Good Deed in 2013. The Golden Globe-winner gives consistently great performances, and Elba has the look and charm to be a great Bond.

Of course, the switch won’t be happening any time soon. Daniel Craig is signed on to at least two more Bond films after Skyfall, which will likely take us through 2016. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess what the status of the Bond franchise and its leading men will be.

For now, fans and critics seem to be pretty happy with Craig’s take on James Bond. In the Spinoff review of Skyfall, our own Katie Calautti says that “Mendes hasn’t simply made an outstanding entry into the James Bond franchise, he’s made an outstanding film, period.” She adds that “Daniel Craig is back in top form, as charismatic straightening his cufflinks amid a chase as he is struggling to complete a set of pull-ups.” As other Skyfall reviews have trickled out in anticipation of the movie’s November release, most critics have echoed similar sentiments.

Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall finds 007’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) tested as her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter what the personal cost. The film, which also stars Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace and Tonia Sotiropoulou, opens in the United Kingdom Friday and in the United States Nov. 9.

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  • Rollo Tomassi

    Henry Cavill will be Bond after Craig is done with the role. By then Idris Elba will be way too old for the role.
    I’m all for any actor being considered though. As long as he’s equal parts suave and badass, I could care less about the actor’s complexion.

  • Josh

    Given the current pace of EON’s output IF Elba were to be Bond he’d likely give Roger Moore a run for his money as oldest when he started.

  • Potty Mouth

    No thank you.

  • mel

    It could work if they say James Bond is a code name. Kind of like Jason Bourne wasn’t the character’s real name.

  • Kyle

    If that’s the only way it could work, does that mean you believe that the Craig version and the Brosnan version and the Moore version and the Connery version are all meant to be the same person?  Because that would be ridiculous.  Any time a new actor takes on the mantle, bond’s history is rewritten, so it would really be no different if it were Elba or any other actor.

  • Scud

    I still think Jason Statham should be the next Bond.

  • Jmcreer

    Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton and Brosnan all played the same Bond – there was clear continuity involving Blofield and Bond’s wife being murdered between the three actor’s movies.  Lazenby’s wife was murdered in OHMSS, Connery took revenge in Diamonds are Forever, and Moore took further and FINAL
    revenge against Blofield by dropping him into a factory chimney (can’t
    remember the film though.) Dalton’s wife being murdered was referenced in License to Kill so his films adhere to the continuity.  Brosnan could be considered as the first “reboot” as his films don’t really reference the other Bond films (although you do see his gadgets from other films in the lab) but Q appears in his films as well so it really does situate him as the same character.

    Bond is not Jason Bourne. His name is not a codename. The name is not taken up by other agents. He is one person, one agent.

    Daniel Craig’s Bond is a reboot of the same character.

    Bond is not black.  I love Idris Elba, but he is not suited to this role.  I wouldn’t like Brad Pitt playing Shaft either.

  • Yanks5179

    Thank you, JM.  I was going to say the same thing.  It’s like the earlier Batman movies.

  • Tiberius

    Nope.  James Bond is not a black man.

  • Hardman!

    Okay the shaft comparison is bullshit. What’s shaft’s description other than “black ghetto Private eye?? What’s bonds description? Britain’s greatest spy. There is room for reinterpretation along racial lines. Also how is the same man blond all of a sudden? Elba has quickly become everyone’s favorite cuz he’s just that great an actor. He would be a boon  to the bond legacy just as Daniel Craig has been.

  • Melanie

    Jason Statham for Bond :)

  • Jmcreer

     I call bullshit on your bullshit.  James Bond has been a white guy for 50yrs.  You can’t suddenly make him black – that’s bullshit.  His ethnicity forms his character.  If you can’t see that then you are not a James Bond fan – you might watch the films, but you are not a fan.  Don’t even argue the point.  Go find a new character and franchise – just don’t screw up the one I and millions of other fans have been watching for decades.

    You want a suave black spy – go for it.  I’ll go see it myself if it’s good.  But Bond is white.  He was white in the books and white in the films. Don’t screw something up because of political correctness.

    What next – Alex Cross played by Matthew Perry?

  • Will

    It’s hard to imagine how any actor could bring anything more to the character than DC & company have done over the last few years. In my view it would be sensible to stop making Bond films in a few years, all good things must come to an end at some point. Without wishing to sound prejudiced in any way, Bond is fundamentally White British. You wouldn’t cast Daniel Craig as Martin Luther King Jr would you? My opinion, that is all.

  • Alison B

    There’s a little bit of difference between an actual person like MLK and a character like Bond. Bond has never been specifically defined by his race – all that matters is that he can be refined, cool and seductive one moment and a ruthless killer the next; I don’t think Ian Fleming wrote Bond with a distinct sense of race, he merely called Bond a ‘blunt object’. To me, what matters is that the person playing Bond can act the part; as long as they’re handsome enough, I don’t think Bond’s appearance especially matters. We had this in the 90’s, by the way, when they were suggesting that Sharon Stone could be a female Bond. And Famke Janssen joked about the idea that she wanted to be Bond – which is, based on her still awesome Xenia Onatopp character, not an awful idea either. In fact, changing Bond into a woman would be distinctly more problematic than his race.

  • Alison B

    Why would it have to be about political correctness and not the fact that Elba could actually do something great with the character? Bond’s race never has anything to do with his character.

  • Alison B

    Actually, they put out films nearly every two years at one point; All of Brosnan’s films were around two years apart. Craig’s first one was four years after Brosnan’s, but that’s because of the change-up, but QoS was two years after Royale, and Skyfall has only taken this long because of MGM – not EON, as you suggest.

  • Jmcreer

    The fact that you think Bond’s race has nothing to do with his character just points out how little you actually know about the Bond character. 

  • lee66132000

    The public will never tolerate a black James Bond.  Some are still complaining about a black Felix Leiter in the form of Jeffrey Wright.  Hell, they can barely deal with a black Bond leading lady.  Look at their reaction to Halle Berry.  They’re still overreacting to her role in “DIE ANOTHER DAY”.  And look at Naomie Harris.  They tolerate her, because she goes from a field agent to a secretary and doesn’t sleep with Bond.  I guess EON Productions decided that the only way for her character to survive and not piss off the Bond fans was not to sleep with the agent and become Moneypenny.  Trust me.  Racism is alive and well within the Bond fandom.  And it will never die.