Idris Elba Reportedly a Top Contender to Play James Bond

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The actor has already been beaten to the prize by fellow Brit actor David Oyelowo, who recently became the first black actor to play James Bond on the audiobook version of Anthony Horowitz's latest OO7 novel, Trigger Mortis.

According to reports in The Independent, producer Barbara Broccoli has hinted the door is open for a black Agent 007 in the future. Director Antoine Fuqua revealed the details of a conversation with Broccoli, in which she said "it is time" for a non-white actor to take on the iconic 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.

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Horowitz himself casued a media storm when he said Elba was "too street" for the role.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", the director teased. You need a guy with physically strong presence.

Before anyone starts planning a James Bond movie marathon, popping champagne and setting off celebratory fireworks, or changing their social media display icons to a photo of the impossibly handsome Elba (c'mon, we know someone had to be tempted), let's take a step back and analyze this information. "Happy New Year people", Elba wrote at the time.

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Eon Productions, maker of the James Bond films, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Elba addressed the rumors with humor tweeting back in December 2014.

"Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?" Elba said when speaking with Variety. And after years of fan demand, it appears that Elba may finally have to start ordering his martini's shaken, not stirred.

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