The Next Bond: Idris Elba
by Madeline Iva
I’m joining in with others who are voting for Idris Elba to play Bond in the next 007 film. Many of you know him from the exceptionally excellent television show The Wire. There he played Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell and walked away with the show in his pocket.
He also served a turn on The Office and showed that he has a sense of humor by playing an uptight corporate man with none.
Since then he’s mostly gone with science-fiction/horror movies. He was in 28 Weeks later, Thor, and Prometheus (which was a prequell to Alien, sort of. What it really was was a botched job of editing.) Soon he’ll be appearing in Pacific Rim, a kind of Godzilla remake.
Ultimately, Idris hits the sweet spot playing a ‘man’s man.’ His appeal to women when playing these roles is undeniable.
Look, I loved Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, but as the Bond franchise keeps scrambling to keep themselves relevant, they need to be careful not to doing another Roger Moore–keeping an actor around so long he becomes a parody of the role. I thought the latest Bond film–which so many loved–was dreadful. Skyfall should have been called Sky fail.
Daniel Craig is at his best looking cold and unfeeling but with tortured pain at the back of his blue mica chip eyes. Yet the franchise doesn’t want that look of pain to translate as back pain from a man doing too many stunts.
London is now an international city with a new demographic. The Bond franchise seemed to run out of steam in the last film, as if they just didn’t know what to do with this relic of the past. Idris Elba is cast a lot as a man of the future–(remember all those sci-fi films?) and could highlight the changes that London and England are experiencing with the rise of the 21st century.
The whole franchise could freshen up and have new roads to travel with him. We ladies, meanwhile, will get to spend a little more on screen time with a long tall drink of mmmhmmm. ;>