Speaking with The Huffington Post, Skyfall star Naomie Harris surprisingly confirmed that Elba has in fact had a legit discussion to take on the iconic role. Asked if she has any favorites to be the first black Bond, Harris responded:
“I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli [James Bond producer] and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.”
Rumors about Elba stepping into the role’s next iteration have been floating about for a while now. Last fall, Elba confessed he was more than eager to take on the part, should it be offered. But unfortunately for fans that have come to adore him–be it from his growling gravitas on Luther or his excellent work on The Wire–no further news on that possibility has surfaced…until now.