The idea that Idris Elba would make an amazing James Bond has been doing the rounds now for quite some time as Daniel Craig gets closer to hanging up his tux.
But British actor Elba, who most recently starred in films like Thor: Ragnarok and Molly's Game, has called out people who insist the next 007 could be black, saying that suggesting him to play the part is actually a bit of an insult.
Elba shot down suggestions he'll end up landing the role, implying that his name is only suggested because he is a well-known black actor and not because he's the right guy for Bond. In other words, don't get your hopes up.
"It's interesting that the James Bond thing continues to go," he said, speaking with the Independent. "I think it's more about 'we just want to have a black guy play James Bond' rather than 'Idris Elba, the actor, play James Bond'. That's the part that I'm like, 'Ugh, come on.'"
Elba has long been touted to play Bond, a character who obviously has a storied history behind him - with six actors playing the role since the first film was released in 1962.
Appointing a black actor as Bond would be seen as a progressive move, but Elba has suggested that producers could go further by even changing the gender of the famous secret agent.
"Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?" Elba said, speaking to Variety at last year's Sundance Film Festival. "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman - but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have.... do something different with it, why not?"
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Craig's currently getting ready to play Bond for the fifth and final time in the upcoming Bond 25, due out in 2019. He's been fantastic in the role for 13 years now, and no one would begrudge him a well-earned retirement.
Of course Norton has already suggested this is little more than rumour at this stage - although he hasn't quite ruled himself out, keeping his hand close to his chest in typicial Bondian fashion. Doesn't everyone know how this succession game works?
'The truth is that it's total speculation," Norton told the Guardian. "It's really humbling and flattering, but to have my name [talked up for Bond] next to the likes of Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender is just mad. If you're thinking of putting a bet on me, keep your money in your pocket."
Whatever race or gender the next Bond turns out to be, no doubt the producers will have picked them out on merit.
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