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By Damilola Faustino

idris elbaAs the search is ongoing, it seems Idris Elba is reportedly a strong candidate for the first non-white actor to portray iconic spy James Bond after five-time star Daniel Craig finishes his last outing in Bond 25 which opens November 8, 2019.

The word comes from Antonine Fuqua, who reported Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli is on the hunt for a black Bond.

According to Fuqua, Broccoli disclosed to him “it is time” for a POC to step into the iconic role, which has in the past been famously filled by Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. Broccoli is sure a diverse Bond “will happen eventually.”

“Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that,” Fuqua said while speaking at a presentation of new “game changer” 3D sound app SoundFi.

Elba, 45, has long been “in the running” for the role — the English actor is frequently cited as a candidate for a black Bond — but Elba, then 43, told Good Morning America in 2016 that he was “too old” for the role and waved Bond talks off as the “wildest rumor in the world.”

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