James Bond producer says 'it is time' for a black 007

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He did, however, say it was up to the studio whether he would be a fit for the role, and in 2015 commented he would "absolutely" become Bond if asked.

Antoine, 52, revealed Barbara feels "it is time" for an ethnic minority actor to star as 007 and she is certain "it will happen eventually".

Idris Elba's prospects of being the first black James Bond have improved after the producer of the film franchise admitted that "it is time" for a non-white hero. Of all Elba's many acting qualities, presence is arguably the one most readily showcased.

Elba's name has been associated with the character ever since Daniel Craig, who will essay the role of the iconic character Daniel Boyle Bond 25 in November next year, said that he'd rather slash his wrists than play James Bond again.

Elba, 45, was rumored to be the next James Bond in 2014 following the hack into Sony Pictures' emails. I think that now that I have my Mission: Impossible badge we can do real stunts and really amp it up as well...'

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Twitter user @wordtoJude felt this news was a long time coming - "IVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS".

Elba is closely followed by odds of 7/2 for Tom Hardy, 5/1 for James Norton, 6/1 for Jack Huston, 8/1 for Tom Hiddleston, 10/1 for Aiden Turner, 12/1 for Travis Fimmel, 14/1 for Michael Fassbender, 16/1 for Ricky Whittle and 20/1 Henry Cavill. "LETS GO." - while television and film producer Robert Schooley tweeted that Elba is a natural choice for Bond: "Of course Idris Elba should be James Bond, do we even need to pretend there's a question here?"

Other Black British actors who have been linked with the part include John Boyega, and David Oyelowo (who has actually voiced the character in audiobook form).

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