A black Bond? It’s an apparently unproblematic and straightforward question, right? Well, not quite. When suggested quite quizzically by a colleague, it sparked a series of reactionary positions in the staff room, especially from the 007 traditionalists. In fact, whispers that the very suave – and yet indisputably black – actor Idris Elba could potentially play Bond have ignited social commentaries about race, filmic representation and literary integrity around the world. The issue was shaken and stirred (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) by a recent report in the Daily Star, in which director Antoine Fuqua recalled a discussion with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who allegedly said “it is time” for a black actor to star as 007 and that she is confident “it will happen eventually”. Interestingly, this little nugget sat at the top of a story about Fuqua launching his latest business venture – an app that allows people to listen to … [Read more...] about [OPINION] Idris Elba: Isn’t It Time For A Black James Bond?
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IDRIS Elba has taken to Twitter to respond to rumours he will be the next James Bond. Alongside a selfie, the actor wrote: "My name’s Elba, Idris Elba" alongside the snap, quoting the 007's infamous method of introduction. But as fans started to get excited that the Wire star would be replacing Daniel Craig in the role, Idris tweeted a few hours later: "Don't believe the HYPE." Buzz has been growing in the last week that the British star, 45, will be the new British super spy after the franchise's producer Barbara Broccoli told director Antoine Fuqua she feels "it will happen eventually" that a non-white actor will play the role. Antoine added to The Daily Star: “Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.” The new Bond 25 film is likely to be Daniel Craig's last as 007 after he said he wanted to "go out on a high note." Daniel, 50, first took on the role of James Bond in 2006's reboot of Casino … [Read more...] about Idris Elba responds to James Bond rumours with cryptic tweets
Idris Elba adds another franchise to his resume. Alexander Koerner/Getty Images Idris Elba is one of Hollywood’s most underrated assets; he’s talented and charming and has all of the tools to be a leading man in the old sense of the term. Yet he has unfortunately not yet reached that level through no fault of his own. Had last year’s The Dark Tower broken out as the multi-media franchise it could have been, we’d be discussing Elba’s star power in an entirely different light. Nevertheless, he remains a popular fan cast for iconic roles such as Batman and James Bond.In that never ending quest for true movie stardom, we can add one more interesting credit to his resume; TheWrap reports that Elba is in final negotiations to star as the villain in Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s Fast and Furious spinoff titled Hobbs and Shaw.No, the Fast and Furious franchise may not be quite as iconic as the Dark Knight or 007, but it is one of the most popular film … [Read more...] about Idris Elba Will Duke It Out Against Dwayne Johnson in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff
'The Crown's' Vanessa Kirby also joined the Universal Pictures project earlier this week Trey Williams, provided by Published 10:19 am PDT, Thursday, July 5, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Idris Elba in Final Negotiations to Star as Villain in Dwayne Johnson ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham “Fast and Furious” spinoff called “Hobbs and Shaw” is close to locking down its villain. SAG and Golden Globe Award winner Idris Elba (“Molly’s Game”) is in final negotiations to star in the role opposite Johnson and Statham. The film is being directed by “Deadpool 2” and “Atomic Blonde” director David Leitch, and Chris Morgan is writing the screenplay. This will be Morgan’s sixth time serving as writer for the franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are reprising their roles as former … [Read more...] about Idris Elba in Final Negotiations to Star as Villain in Dwayne Johnson ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff
HE is best known as the suave TV detective Luther and for his award-winning portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom. Now Idris Elba is manning the decks in a completely different guise… beginning a 15-week residency as an Ibiza DJ. Fulfilling a lifetime dream, the London-born star – named as among the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine – has rolled onto the island with his box of records and CDs. Elba, who has an OBE for his services to British drama, has been spotted with fiancee Sabrina Dhowre, and his three-year-old son Winston enjoying the beach life. The Hollywood superstar, who also starred in the Avengers series and Thor as well as playing drug dealer Stringer Bell in the Wire, will be spending the summer behind the DJ booth at Lio in Marina Botafoch. “It’s my dream and destiny to have a residency in Ibiza and I can’t wait to celebrate that with you every Sunday this summer at Lio,” Elba … [Read more...] about Hollywood hunk Idris Elba holidays in Ibiza before summer gig on the island