Could Idris Elba be the next actor to put in time as the world’s suavest secret agent?
Apparently, there have been whispers that Idris is being considered for the role of 007.
"It’s a rumor," he flatly told National Public Radio. "It’s a very old rumor. 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."
Although Idris wouldn’t be the first Bond to break the mold (Daniel Craig’s casting was questioned since he was the first blond bond), he doesn’t want to be branded for being different. "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," Idris explained.
Furthermore, Idris doesn’t want his resumé to be defined by race. He said he didn’t come to the U.S. "to play Black roles. I just came to play roles."
Idris first hit most U.S. viewers’ radars with his role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s "The Wire." "[Stringer] was a smart drug dealer, in my opinion," Idris said. "He’s Black, but that’s not the point. The point is, this is a man caught between two worlds. That complex sort of balance that he’s in is what made the drama."
The title character on the BBC’s "Luther," which returned for a second season last night, also walks a fine line.
"[Detective John Luther] has this capability to think how his perpetrators are thinking, and what they may or may not do next. And I think Luther lives quite close to rage himself," Idris explained. "The difference between someone with a conscience and someone without is that one person will say, ‘You know what? No, I’m not going to go over to that person and smash them in the face.’ But the other person is quite close to that decision without any remorse and just will do it. And I think Luther is close to that mark all the time."