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It looks like Idris Elba really could be the next James Bond

POSSIBILITY: Idris Elba

RUMOURS surrounding Idris Elba playing the next James Bond have been swirling for years - with numerous speculative articles and even Elba denying he wanted the role and going as far to say it should be played by a woman.

But despite the constant back and forth, fans of the idea have continued to hold out hope for the first black James Bond - and according to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, she is open to diversifying the role.

The Daily Star reports that Broccoli had a conversation with director Antoine Fuqua about potentially casting the role with a non-white actor. The article says Broccoli told Fuqua: ‘it is time’ for a person of colour to get the role.

She added that casting an ethnic minority actor as 007 ‘will happen eventually’ and that ‘Idris could do it if he was in shape’ . 'You need a guy with a physically strong presence. Idris has that,’ she added.

While the 'people' seem to be keen on Elba taking on the iconic role, he has stiff competition as Superman actor Henry Cavill has openly expressed his interest in playing Bond.

‘Bond would be a really fun role. It’s British, it’s cool. 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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