Is Idris Elba the next James Bond?
James Bond producers reportedly favour Idris Elba as the man to step into Daniel Craig's shoes. Here's who else we're keeping our eyes on
And it seems that the Bond producers agree with us. Director Antoine Fugua revealed that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said it was 'time' for a non-white actor to put on the tux, and that Elba was the reported frontrunner.
Oh, let it be Idris. Let it be that beautiful, cool, chic man. But if it isn't, well, here are our other top choices.
The fuss over whether Idris Elba could be Bond began in 2014, with emails leaked during the Sony hack revealed that studio co-chair Amy Pascal said, 'Idris should be the next Bond.' Elba doesn't seem too fussed about joining the team, telling Good Morning America: 'If I’m really honest, I think I’m too old for that. Running around and cars and ladies and martinis… who wants to do that? Sounds terrible.'
Best known for his roles in Boardwalk Empire and Kill Your Darlings, Huston was the bookie's third favourite pick to play 007 for a long time. He starred in Ben-Hur, which was a terrible film, if we're honest, but Angelica Huston is his aunt and he's got that rugged, well-travelled look that Bond used to have before Mr. Smoothy, Daniel Craig, took over.
Our beloved Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch once hinted that he thought the job 'would be fun' in an interview with GQ (via the Daily Star). Just imagine the old-school suave of Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore that he would bring to the character – the knowing looks and the gentlemanly relationships with the ladies. Our own in-house Benedict Cumberbatch fan-girls may explode with excitement, however.
Pity poor Hiddleston, who has been seemingly auditioning for the part since his performance as a sexy spy in The Night Manager. Speculation that Hiddleston was going to take over as Bond was so widespread, his relationship with Taylor Swift was chalked up as a PR stunt to increase his chances of being cast. He's clearly not been paying attention to Broccoli. She clearly likes actors who play it cool and pretend they don't want the gig. Maybe make a public announcement saying you hate the idea of Bond. Or go one step further and threaten to slit your throat, stick your hand down it and pull your own heart out. They're bound to cast you then.
Turner has been tipped for the job many times, which is perhaps unsurprising considering how well practised the actor is now in blurring the lines of sexual consent, as Poldark, not unlike Bond if we're honest (we're specifically thinking of that shower scene from Skyfall but there are quite a few to go with, so pick your own favourite). Following Turner's performance as a vampire in Being Human and a curiously attractive dwarf in The Hobbit trilogy, we think Irish Turner would be a great Bond. Hopefully a decent, respectful Bond, like Poldark was in the early seasons.
The man with the mighty moustache who stepped onto our TV screens (and hearts) in ITV's Victoria as the delicious Prince Albert. A source told The Mirror that the actor’s role in BBC thriller The Game caught Broccoli's eye a few months ago. His stern, stiff Albert has made us all fall madly in love with him. Also any man who looks that good in a military jacket will surely own a tuxedo.
With BBC's Taboo season two due to air (probably early next year), the whole world will once again take up it's most favourite past time: fawning over Tom Hardy. He of the forever dirty face and permanently clenched jaw would no doubt give us a rough and tumble, mud-covered James Bond (does anyone know why he's always slathered in filth?). Having said that, it sounds as though Broccoli should bag him fast if she wants him as Bond, as Hardy recently said he'd 'kind of had enough' of acting in an interview with Esquire. Panic stations everybody.
If it can't be Elba, let it be Norton. Yes, we know he was terribly wooden in McMafia – which was as bad a James Bond audition as you could fear to make. But he was mesmeric in Happy Valley (which – great news – looks as though it'll be returning this autumn). We're prepared to forgive him for those hours and hours of intense boredom to see that beautiful face and aloof mannerisms from War and Peace arrive as a shimmering, troubled Bond. Norton is a great second choice. But... with a bit of luck... it'll still be Elba.