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Idris Elba says it's time for a female James Bond: 'Do something different with it'

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Jan 22, 2018, 12:24 PM EST (Updated)

Idris Elba is one of the most buzzworthy actors in Hollywood (we've already given our two cents on why the award-winning Brit should star in everything) — and James Bond has been one of many characters fans have imagined him as.

While Elba has always been frank and circumspect when addressing the superspy speculation, he does have a few ideas about 007’s future, which he shared with Variety at Sundance.

While promoting his directorial debut Yardie, Elba was asked about the inescapable internet idea that he should take up with the British Secret Service.


First, he noted that there’s “no such thing as a ‘black Bond’” but that he’d like to see the character cast differently than it has been in the past. Notably, he’d have filmmakers flip the character's gender.

“It could be a woman — could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think that character, everybody would like to see it have ... do something different with it, why not?”

This speculation comes after Bond bigwig Barbara Broccoli, producer on the 007 films, was asked about a post-Daniel Craig future for the franchise and had a relatively open-ended answer.

Does that mean we're finally coming around for the character to be more diversely cast? Sound off in the comments below.