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Idris Elba’s Popularity with Fans Puts Him Back in the Running to Be the next James Bond

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Now that Daniel Craig is officially and irreversibly done as James Bond, the question is, who's next? Who will pick up Bond’s license to kill and defend England from terrorists, megalomaniacs and killer nanobots.

Well, if the public gets its wish, then Idris Elba will be the next 007. According to The Sun, Elba is being considered for the role after ranking highly in surveys to find the next Bond.

“Idris has long been in talks to play a role in the next era of James Bond’s story, and last year was being considered for a role as an antagonist," said a source speaking to The Sun.

“However, talks surrounding him playing the lead have started again, as producers realised how popular he would be after carrying out secret market research.

“He ranked highly among the diverse group of movie buffs invited to participate in it."

Elba has previously been very considered when asked about the role, saying that while it's a role that he wants, it's not necessarily a role that he needs.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Elba said: “James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey.

“Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?’, I’d be like, ‘Yeah!’ That's fascinating to me. But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond’.”

However, he continued: "You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be’. And it really turns out to be the colour of my skin.

“Then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the colour of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.”

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