The internet has been abuzz with rumours of Idris Elba being cast as the first black James Bond for a while now. These rumours have gained traction following the Sony hack which resulted in confidential email conversations being leaked on the internet.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

 

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal is said to have sent an email saying “Idris should be the next Bond”. The email is believed to have been sent to Elizabeth Cantillon, the former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures which handles distribution for the Bond franchise.

Idris Elba took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter. In a tweet posted on the 27th of December 2014, the British actor joked that he thought 007 was supposed to be handsome. This comes a few months after he showed his interest in playing the spy during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).

Idris Elba James Bond tweet

Idris Elba the next James Bond?

Not everybody is keen on having a black man starring as James Bond however. Conservative U.S. talk show host Rush Limbaugh earlier this week questioned the move, citing the fact that the original author Ian Fleming envisioned the character of James Bond to be a white man from Scotland. “That’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” he said.

Daniel Craig, the current Bond, is signed on for just one more film. The next instalment in the spy saga, Spectre, is said to be filming and is due for release in 2015.