Sony hack emails have just recently come to light revealing the next James Bond — Idris Elba. Read on for further details.
Is James Bond, one of the most iconic roles in film history, to be played by someone so far removed from the quintessential mold? In the latest of the Sony hack revelations, emails have surfaced disclosing Sony executive Amy Pascal’s choice for the next suave super spy, and that choice is no other than British actor, producer, rapper and singer Idris Elba.
Known for his portrayal of Heimdall, the blind all-seeing, all-hearing guardian sentry of the rainbow bridge to Asgard in “Thor,” Elba made People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World list in 2007, as well as People’s number 2 Sexiest Man Alive in 2013.
To have Elba play the role of Bond is groundbreaking to say the least. For one thing, he’ll be the first black 007 ever. It shouldn’t come as much of a shock either. The James Bond franchise has been preparing 007 fans for years now, starting with a female M portrayed by Judi Dench in "Goldeneye," and just recently in 2012, a black Eve Moneypenny in the person of Naomi Harris in "Skyfall" and in 2015’s "Spectre."
So why not a black James Bond?
One reason may be that Daniel Craig, who’s played the brutally stony hatchet-faced version of 007 since 2006’s "Casino Royale" has never wanted to play Bond in the first place. In an effort not to be typecast, he’s tried to distance himself from the franchise as much as possible, but this is his fourth film now, and he’s not very happy about it.
“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it,” he told Rolling Stone two years ago. “But they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the shit goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with.”
Blunt to a fault, just like the Bond version he portrays, Craig has been biting at the bit for a while now, and this is likely to be his last 007 film.
Enter Elba, who, at 42, will probably be playing an older version of the British spy. He’s even got fans already. In fact, there’s a "We Want Idris Elba for James Bond" Facebook page that’s garnered 31,000 likes on social media.
Take a look at this video clip proposing Elba as the next 007:
Did Amy Pascal finally redeem her credibility with this one? How on board are you with Idris Elba as 007? Stay tuned for more James Bond news on Movie News Guide (MNG).