For the past few years, Idris Elba has been synonymous with James Bond for a large section of the internet. Even with Daniel Craig still in the role, fans have been supporting this possible casting with fervor. Elba, for his part, has voiced his desire to stay out of the shoes of James Bond.
While promoting his directorial debut, Yardie, at the Sundance Film Festival, Idris Elba sat and spoke with Variety, and briefly brought up his thoughts on the British spy now that Daniel Craig is on his way out of the role. Elba suggested:
“It could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have — do something different with it, why not?”
You can watch the full clip with Idris Elba below.
While Idris Elba may not agree with the internet’s choice to cast him as James Bond, he does seem to agree that something needs to be done with the character to keep it fresh. After running for a total of 26 seasons, Doctor Who has made the jump to have a woman play the titular character. If that works well for BBC, we may see a woman with a license to kill the next time around.
Bond 25 is slated to hit theaters November 8, 2019, with Daniel Craig set to reprise the role of James Bond.