Pierce Brosnan has said Idris Elba could step up to the mark to play the British spy. In an interview with the RadioTimes, he said: “Yeah, he would make a good Bond”.
Brosnan also said Colin Salmon, who the actor starred alongside in The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day as MI6 deputy chief of staff, would be a good fit for the role.
“Colin Salmon also. May the best man get the job and may Daniel [Craig] bring home the bacon for as long as he wants,” he said.
Elba has been rumoured to play the British spy for a number of years, but his name resurfaced again in 2014 when a hacked Sony email revealed the company thought the actor “should be the next Bond”.
Idris Elba on screen
Idris Elba on screen
1/5 Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Elba stars as late South African political leader Nelson Mandela in the Oscar-nominated Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Elba played 'passionate and ruthless' DCI John Luther in award-winning BBC One crime drama Luther from 2010 to 2013
3/5 No Good Deed
Elba stars as unstable escaped convict Colin Evans in 2014 thriller No Good Deed
Elba plays ex-military captain Janek in Prometheus, here seen alongside Charlize Theron
5/5 The Wire
Elba established himself in the US first, playing the role of Russell 'Stringer' Bell in drug drama The Wire
The actor responded to the leaked email in a tweet, saying he was “glad you think I’ve got a shot!”
Kanye West has also backed the Hackney-born actor to take on the role.
He told The Sun last year: “James Bond is a role made for British actors and you won’t find a British actor who has the talent of Idris…A black Bond would be visionary no doubt.”
Isn't 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot! Happy New year people. pic.twitter.com/3g9lAl2Uo3— Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 27, 2014
Elba has previously said he would definitely accept the role if it was offered to him.
In a Reddit AMA in September 2014 he said he would "absolutely" accept the role if it "was offered to me" after being asked by a fan.
“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it. But they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business,” he told Rolling Stone two years ago.