Idris Elba Reportedly a Top Contender to Play James Bond

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"Idris has that." Fuqua is known for his legendary work on Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, and Southpaw.

Idris Elba may be the next man to play James Bond, as revealed by famed director, Antoine Fuqua.

According to The Independent UK, Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli claims that the "door is open" for a Black James Bond once Daniel Craig abandons the role.

During the chat, Broccoli stated "it was time" for a non-white actor to take up the mantle of 007 and that "it will happen eventually", with Fuque even going as far as explicitly tipping his hat towards Idris Elba as the leading candidate for the role.

The discussion over who could play the next James Bond could be nearing it's conclusion, as the biggest clue yet has been dropped over the next actor's identity.

Twitter user @wordtoJude felt this news was a long time coming - "IVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS".

Eon Productions, maker of the James Bond films, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In one leaked email, Amy Pascal, who was the co-chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment at the time, told former Columbia Pictures vice president Elizabeth Cantillon that "Idris should be the next Bond".

Upon hearing that Elba is in the frontrunning to play Bond next, the internet shared their opinions. Elba addressed the rumors with humor tweeting back in December 2014. "Idris has that", the director added. "Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?" he said.

While the rest of the world is shaken and stirred over the notion of Elba playing Bond, it looks like he isn't fussed one way or another.