The former Miss Italy worked with the actor on 2006 film Casino Royale
Tom Hiddleston and Aidan Turner are the current favourites to play the iconic secret agent
Nowadays, we get told a lot of things are racist - yoga, the Village People, 'Mexican Mondays' at Wetherspoons - but this time round, I really am inclined to agree with J K Rowling that people who can't get on board with a black actor playing Hermione are a bunch of racists
The Night Manager actor is the current frontrunner to take over from Daniel Craig
She's the Mother of Dragons, after all - doesn't she deserve a licence to kill?
'It's not a democracy... [producer] Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story'
'It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it's time for somebody else'
Buckinghamshire's famous Denham Film Studios, where films such as Tomorrow Never Dies, GoldenEye, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall were produced and edited on site, is set to be transformed into a development of 224 new homes.
The actor has reportedly turned his back on a two-film deal worth £68 million
There would no doubt be a small percentage of people unhappy about Elba being James Bond due to his skin colour, but there must be a diminishing number of these shut-minded quackers?
Bookmakers Coral has suspended all betting on who will become the next James Bond, following a rush to place bets on the Night Manager actor
Though The Night Manager actor has become the hotly-tipped favourite to take on the role, he doesn't think that opportunity's coming in any immediate future
'It's odd because it's becoming overwhelming - not the thing of it, but the number of people per day who bring it up'
'People assume you’ve got some really juicy awful thing that you’re keeping from them,' the Bond actor says
Fans have been setting social media alight with propositions that the star should take over from Daniel Craig in the iconic role
The actor has stated he would "love to do it", though he'll have to fight off competition from the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Tom Hardy