Idris Elba has long wanted to score the role of the next James Bond after Daniel Craig finally decides to toss away the keys to the Aston Martin. He seemingly has all the tools to fit right into 007’s shoes: he’s handsome, he’s cool as a cucumber, and he can act his ass off (in case you needed proof, watch The Wire marathon on HBO).
The rumors of Elba getting the role were bolstered in the wake of the Sony hacking scandal, when co-chairwoman Amy Pascal wrote a memo that added her to the list of people who would love to see Elba become the super spy. Of course, haters gon’ hate. Rush Limbaugh — that blubbery blowhard — went on record to say that fictional characters should remain the race they were manifested as, because as we all know, Limbaugh is a creative maestro especially when he’s looking for something to crush his Oxycontin with.
Elba has put in his two cents when speaking of the legendary character. Besides telling NPR that he doesn’t want to be “called the black James Bond,” he also mentioned how excitable he’d be if he got called in to Sony for a formal meeting to discuss the role.
I’d not only get in the cab, but I’d take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage. The taxi, 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 — land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office.
Write that scene up, Sony. Elba just gave you magic.
The former Stringer Bell is 42-years old now — a few years younger than Daniel Craig — but with Craig possibly committing to the next Bond film after Spectre, time may be running out for the actor and DJ. Nevertheless, Elba went to Twitter this weekend to update everyone on his thoughts concerning the 007 role:
Stringer Bell is self-deprecating? Oh, Elba. You win our hearts and the internet.