James Bond producers eyeing Idris Elba as next 007

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Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as the spy in the next installment of James Bond, but bosses are now hinting that Idris Elba could be next to take up the mantel. Apparently Broccoli said that it "will happen eventually" and the two then discussed who might be in the running, with Idris Elba (Luther) said to be the frontrunner.

Idris Elba, star of stage and screen both in the United Kingdom and USA, has had the door opened for him by franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, according to Training Day director Antoine Fuqua.

The news comes via director Antoine Fuqua, who is best known for movies such as The Equalizer and Training Day.

The paper quoted Broccoli as saying that "it's time" for a non-white actor to fill the role once Craig completes his final film in the series, which is scheduled for release in 2019. 'You need a guy with a physically strong presence. 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".

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There's also the fact that neither Broccoli or Fuqua explicitly stated that Elba will 100-percent, without a shadow of a doubt play James Bond in the future.

Tom Hardy had been mentioned, as had Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston, but Elba remains the most popular choice, even if his inclusion on the shortlist is considered controversial by some people. Will Elba want to play it as much as everyone else wants him to? "Idris has that", the director added. "That's the part that I'm like, 'Ugh, come on, '" Elba previously told The Independent.

He said to Vanity Fair: "It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman".

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