Naomie Harris, one of the two Bond girls vying for the superspy's affection in "Skyfall," set off a flurry of news stories earlier this week when a quote from her interview with the Huffington Post appeared online. The comment that grabbed headlines had to do with her "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" co-star and vocal 007 aspirant, Idris Elba.
This isn't the first time that we've heard talk of Bond being played by a black actor. In 2008, current Bond, Daniel Craig put the idea forward. "I think the role could easily be played by a black actor because the character created by Ian Fleming in the '50s has undergone a great deal of evolution and continues to be updated," he said.
Though Elba had previously spoken about wanting to be the first black Bond, we didn't know that the talk amounted to anything more than just that — until Harris revealed that he met with 007 producer Barbara Broccoli.
"I didn't realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond," Harris said. "And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he's a great guy."
Elba as Bond is certainly a popular idea among many fans on the Internet, but whether it's a realistic one is another story. With "Skyfall" now poised to take over the world in the next few weeks, Daniel Craig is sitting quite comfortable as the man with a license to kill. He has at least two more films in him, which would keep him in the role until 2016 at the earliest. That would make Elba 46 by the time his first Bond movie rolled around in 2018, in theory.
However, that didn't keep Harris from singing Elba's praises during our interview with her. She considers herself a big supporter of the idea, since Elba has all the quality he needs to step into the iconic tux.
"He would an amazing Bond. He'd be fantastic. I'd vote for him," Harris said. "Because he has an elegance about him, and there's a mysterious quality. And he's super, super hot as well."
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