‘Ian Fleming was always our touchstone’: James Bond screenwriters hint Idris Elba may not become Bond, fuels Henry Cavill as 007 rumors

There are three things in life you can’t escape: death, taxes and a James Bond movie every ten years. Ian Fleming’s efforts to create a character like Bond resulted in a hit series based on the character beloved by all action movie fans. But the series still hasn’t addressed this impending issue.

We’ve had a brilliant cast of actors cast to play the British Secret Service agent over the years. It all started with Sean Connery in the first Bond movie Dr. No and ends with Daniel Craig in No time to die. Sure, a new Bond movie will be made, but with Craig’s departure from the show, will we finally get a POC as 007?

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James Bond Writers Hint Idris Elba Isn’t the Next 007

There have been way too many movies that we can’t count off the top of our heads where POC has little or no representation, and that culture needs to change.

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The James Bond franchise is guilty of such a tendency where it is always a white man who plays the role of 007.

While we understand Daniel Craig was contractually assigned to play the character, it’s a little concerning that a new 007 still hasn’t been hired. Fans have wanted a POC 007 (preferably Idris Elba) for a while now, but it’s not going to happen.

We don’t say this lightly – recent comments about the Bond franchise from screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have only confirmed our criticism. The pair have worked on over seven Bond films, and an excerpt from a recent BBC interview with them answers some of our questions-

“Ian Fleming was always our touchstone, even if the plot wasn’t his. You go back to Flemings and try to include nuggets of how Bond spoke.

For those who haven’t read the books, Fleming’s activation of racist stereotypes, bashing of POC characters, and overall occasional racism is pretty obvious.

Many of us today who still follow the franchise would certainly like to see Idris Elba as the new nexus, but the screenwriters who rely on Fleming’s work to that extent only make us doubt that we’ll ever get a P.O.C. James Bond.

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Henry Cavill as James Bond gains traction with fans

It’s not sure, but it’s highly unlikely that we’ll get Idris Elba as the next James Bond. There have been various suitors who have been selected by fans to lead the world’s most famous spy.

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Since we exclude Idris Elba from the equation, we have Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender, etc. that fans would love to play Bond. But the one standout actor who caught our eye is Steel man starring Henry Cavill.

Twitter ran a campaign to ensure the 39-year-old actor made the cut for EON Productions-

Oh, we forgot to mention that he once starred in a spy movie! –

An interesting thought-

Amen! –

That’s a bold comparison-

Since it looks like Warner Bros. has no plans to include it in any of their movies in the future (at least officially), there should definitely be no scheduling conflicts. So what are the Broccoli waiting for?

Source: BBC