I don’t think it is out of line to say that I believe the world may be ready for an African-American James Bond. The world has come leaps and bounds in the last ten years, and when you are checking out actors who could fill the Bond shoes, you need to look for a few key things that Luther actor Idris Elba already has. You need someone who oozes cool confidence. Check. You need someone who is well put-together and can swoon the ladies. Check. You need someone who can be dapper, but when the time comes, can be tough as nails and take names. Check. He meets all the requirements, so I say, let’s do this. Idris Elba should be the new James Bond.
If you had ever seen Idris Elba on Luther, you know, the guy just has it. That certain something that makes you look at him and think: Wow, I am not nearly as cool as I thought I was. Elba just seems cool and confident in his own skin, and ready for anything that gets thrown at him. What we don’t need is another James Bond who just seems like a rich white guy with nice toys and superhuman abilities (looking at you, Pierce Brosnan). We need a James Bond who feels worldly, but also weathered and worn. A James Bond who is cool and collected, but not against get a little blood on his five thousand dollar suit. I am resisting using the word “swagger” here because of how silly it is, but really, what other word would you use to explain Idris Elba?
Or as I like to call him, James Bond.
Okay, okay, not yet, but I have my fingers crossed.