While the Sony Pictures hack might have taken The Interview out of theaters, some of the emails made public are giving hope that Idris Elba will be the next James Bond. Elba is already busy with BBC’s Luther and two upcoming films, but Sony co-chair Amy Pascal emailed Elizabeth Cantillon, former Vice President of production at Columbia Pictures, on January 4, 2014 that “Idris should be the next Bond.”
Public response has been largely positive:
If Idris Elba is the new James Bond, take all my money.
— Jordan L., M.Ed (@Edu_JordanL) December 22, 2014
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— James Bond (@jamesbondauct) December 23, 2014
— Ryan Farroki SDCC (@RyanFarroki) December 21, 2014
According to People, Elba said if offered the role he would take it, but either he hasn’t been contacted or he’s playing coy because in a recent Reddit AMA he mentioned being cast as Luke Cage in an upcoming Netflix series but only said he would like to play James Bond if contacted. Whether Pascal’s wishes will be honored is hard to determine, however, considering her previous leaked emails were disparaging prominent figures such as Angelina Jolie and Barack Obama. As a result, some people are calling for Pascal to be fired for her insensitivity and foul mouth.
The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, is set to do one more film after Spectre, which premieres on November 6, 2015, yet he doesn’t seem especially keen on continuing the role after that point. In fact, Craig previously mentioned that he wanted Skyfall to be his last Bond film, but due to its critical acclaim and box office success he was likely roped into doing two more films.
An interview on ITV’s Lorraine indicates that while Elba is interested in the role of 007, he objects to the term “black Bond”. An understandable objection to be sure, but if Elba were to secure one of the most well-known roles in film history, he would succeed where Donald Glover failed to be chosen to play Spider-Man in the 2012 film.