As one might expect, many have reacted to this news with less-than-tolerant online comments, given that Elba is black and Bond has historically been white.
On Friday, the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star tabloid published an article claiming that director Antoine Fuqua reportedly said Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli thinks "it is time" for a black actor to star in the franchise. During the conversation, Broccoli reportedly told Fuqua that "it is time" for a non-white actor to take the lead role, that she was certain it would "happen eventually", and that Elba was the front-runner. Many have already taken to social media to spill their excitement at the thought of Elba playing Bond.
Twitter user @wordtoJude felt this news was a long time coming - "IVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS". There's also the fact that Elba plans to follow up his directorial debut Yardie with an amibitious adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as actor, director, producer and musician - so he may well be too busy for Bond. Antoine said: "Idris could do it if he was in shape". Will Elba want to play it as much as everyone else wants him to? "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?" Back in 2014, Sony's then-studio chair Amy Pascal told a colleague that "Idris [Elba] should be the next Bond".
He added: 'Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male? And after years of fan demand, it appears that Elba may finally have to start ordering his martini's shaken, not stirred.