Idris Elba is full of surprises. The British actor was so convincing On “The Wire” as Stringer Bell, the Baltimore drug kingpin in business school, that the first time I heard him talk out of character, I was shocked to discover that he is very, very British. And apparently, Idris has his eye on an iconic British role. Bond, James Bond. “It’s a rumor,” he said on NPR this week. “My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I ‘m saying? 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.” Fair enough.
Another character Idris is itching to play? Nelson Mandela. But he does keep going back to the Bond idea. “If Sony decided to call me and said hey, we wanted to do it, I’d definitely consider it.”
I, for one, absolutely love this idea. Give Daniel Craig a few more goes at it, and then let Idris get his martini shaken, not stirred.