James Bond boss reportedly eyeing Idris Elba to play 007

James Bond boss reportedly eyeing Idris Elba to play 007

During the conversation, Broccoli reportedly told Fuqua that "it is time" for a non-white actor to take the lead role, that she was certain it would "happen eventually", and that Elba was the front-runner.

The discussion over who could play the next James Bond could be nearing it's conclusion, as the biggest clue yet has been dropped over the next actor's identity.

Bond 26, which could potentially be the one to feature Elba, is expected to be released around 2022 or 2023, at which point he'd be almost 50.

Hollywood director and producer Antoine Fuqua, the man behind Training Day, The Magnificent Seven remake and Olympus Has Fallen, revealed details of a conversation with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", Fuqua was quoted as saying. You need a guy with physically strong presence.

Twitter user @wordtoJude felt this news was a long time coming - "IVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS". He would also be 47 when Bond 26, in theory, would begin filming.

New rumors suggest Idris Elba may be a frontrunner to to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Elba's name was first linked to (on a major scale, at least) the Bond movie series back in 2014, when hackers got their hands on thousands of emails from Sony Pictures executives. Will Elba want to play it as much as everyone else wants him to? It has now been reported that Luther and Star Trek: Beyond actor Idris Elba is in the running for the role. That's the part that I'm like, 'Ugh, come on.' Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?

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