Idris Elba has taken interest in playing the next James Bond, replacing Daniel Craig, but has some concerns about being called the black James Bond.
It's a rumor, the 39-year old Brit of HBO's The Wire and BBC's Luther told NPR. However, Elba said he is in the running to be the next James Bond.
Bond, a sexy, suave secret agent 007, is a role previously played solely by white men, with the likes of Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
I just don't want to be the black James Bond, he explains. Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond.
Playing a drug mogul Stringer Bell on The Wire, Elba told NPR that after a motivational conversation with his father, he seems ready to play the role, hoping fans would look past the color of his skin.
I didn't come to America to play black roles. I came to America to play roles, he said. And Stringer Bell, being my first character, was a smart drug dealer. In my opinion, he's black, but that's not the point.
Aside from his racial concerns, Elba seems ready to take the bull by the horns as the next 007 agent James Bond.
If Sony decided to call me and said hey, we wanted to do [James Bond], I'd definitely consider it, he told NPR.
I'd not only get in the cab, but I'd take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage, jump out while it was moving, jump onto a pedal bike that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get onto a plane - on the wing - and land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office.
I'm never shaken or stirred, Idris Elba noted.
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