The Internet has been abuzz with stories this week suggesting British actor Idris Elba could be tapped to play James Bond once blond-haired, blue-eyed Brit Daniel Craig is through with the role. Baltimoreans know Elba from his three seasons on The Wire in which he played Barksdale drug-ring CFO Stringer Bell.
During the show, he certainly displayed the necessary virility and cunning to play a convincing 007, but will he get the opportunity?
Apparently, the rumor is just that: a rumor, and it originated years ago, but resurfaced this week because he was asked about it during an NPR interview. His response was interesting:
"I just don't want to be the black James Bond," says Elba, whose father is from Sierra Leon and mother is from Ghana. "Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond."
Fair enough. But would he do it, if asked?
"I'd definitely consider it," he admitted, adding, "I'm never shaken or stirred."
Stringer Bell would be proud.