Who should be the next James Bond?

“His words were blown out of proportion; it was not as he intended it. His sense of humor doesn’t come across particularly well in print,” the actress who will reprise her role as Moneypenny in the new upcoming film “Spectre” was quoted as saying in Timeout Magazine.

Daniel Craig’s remarks stating he did not want to continue being James Bond, made shortly after completely shooting Spectre” in July, ignited disappointment among long-time fans of James Bond.

As his comments on his possible last role as James Bond spread throughout the media, people have started to suggest the potential successors of one of the longest continually-running film series in history.

His costar, Naomie Harris stated in an interview with BBC that his remarks were blown out of proportion during his interview with the Time Out Magazine and that “he’s so dedicated to his craft and loves playing Bond.”

As Darnian Lewis, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumerbatch were mentioned as the potential actors that would suit the role of James Bond, Idris Elba was one of the most controversial actors mentioned as one of the ‘candidates’ on whether or not he is the best fit.

Idris Elba: Picture from Creative Commons
Idris Elba is being considered for the role of the new James Bond. Creative Commons license

For those of you who do not know who he is, he is a British actor, musician and Dj. He has appeared in movies such as “American Gangster,” “Takers,” “Thor,” Pacific Rim and “Thor: The Dark World and is best known for his portrayal of drug lord and aspiring businessman Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell in the HBO series “The Wire.

The author who wrote the official Bond novels straightly claimed that Elba was ‘too street’ for the role, creating a kerfuffle over social media. On the other hand, many people believe Elba is the perfect actor for James Bond – claiming that the author was threatened by the idea – only white men have been playing the role. People claim that he can act and has all the characteristics of James Bond: a womanizer and suave with a boyish charm, as he has proved through his diverse roles throughout his career.

We know this is all hypothetical as we still are not sure if Daniel Craig really meant what he stated in the interview. But we all know actors won’t and cannot always be restricted to one character for their entire careers.

So, What if? The casting idea is entirely theoretical and no one knows if it will even happen, but if casting calls are going to be made, who should be the next James Bond? Should it really be Idris Elba?

Needless to say, Craig’s costar, Harris, strictly believes that what he had stated in the interview was not what he had meant to say – “It is easy to take something that someone says in passing and blow it completely out of proportion. I think that is what happened here, so I don’t really believe these comments at all.” 

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