The speculation on who will be the next James Bond has been at an all time high lately. These theories on who the role will go to has broken the internet with everyone having an opinion on who should get the job.
According to Daniel Craig himself, he’s not yet exhausted his desire to play the suave Brit, but the talk was that Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis were shortlisted as the frontrunners for the next installment, and the talk before that was that Idris Elba should get a shot (which he should).
When asked during an interview on what the next author for a Bond book Anthony Horowitz’s thought of Elba he said he saw him as “too street” for the role. Say what you will about that tactless response, which the writer has since apologized for, Idris Elba still may not be your first choice. I’m here to give you 5 reasons that say why you’re wrong.
In Ridley Scott’s 2012 sort of prequel, kind of spinoff series to Alien, Prometheus, Elba starred as Janek, the ship’s tough as nails Captain. He followed that up with another military leadership role in Pacific Rim in 2013, and recently, more towards the dark side of the moral spectrum, as Commandant in Beasts of No Nation. Not only does he steal almost every scene he was in but he was completely believable as a commanding officer or leader: a necessary asset he’ll need if he were to step into the role so many have stepped into before.
The same way Daniel Craig has brought the character of Bond to the new generation by opening the character for development Elba can do. In 2013’s Pacific Rim, Elba was cast as the commanding officer Stacker Pentecost who had spent a very long time battling the “Kaijus” giant monsters that were destroying the world. Elba showed range that touched on soft and frightened while remaining intimidating but careful. That’s a layered performance not easily hit for an actor, and he pulled it off impressively.
He’s a DJ
The already cooler than me Elba is a music producer and DJ on his downtime. When he’s not fighting monsters and saving Asgard he’s making beats and starring in music videos as his stage name Driis. You might think this doesn’t qualify him for a movie role. I beg to differ. What more do you need than to have the next James Bond save the day and then throw a kickass EDM party?! The suave factor is off the charts, and if nothing else, Bond is that.
He’s an Actor
It’s Elba’s job to act and he’s damn good at it. In 2013 alone he jumped from hanging with the likes of super powerful Thor in a Marvel tentpole one minute to walking and talking as Nelson Mandela and getting snubbed for the Oscars the next. Each role he’s taken, he’s given it his all, not once allowing you to feel like you’re watching that guy from that show you saw that one time (*cough cough* The Office).
Have you seen Luther?
Stop what you are doing and go watch the first season of Luther. If you have seen nothing that Elba has done, as long as you’ve seen Luther, you’ll know why he deserves a shot at Bond. Luther stars Idris Elba as the tired detective John Luther who juggles his own demons with the morality of the position he’s in. Elba is absolutely spectacular as John Luther as he guides you through what it means to be good man as his cases get more and more dangerous. If they ask him for an audition for James Bond, he could put this on the casting director’s desk, drop the mic, walk out, and be offered the job in the next 5 minutes.
Here’s hoping Idris Elba grabs the role of the next Bond. Do you agree? Who do you think should be the next James Bond? Leave a comment down below on who you think should be the next James Bond.