Daniel Craig has often seemed ambivalent about playing James Bond. It's kind of a given he's probably not sticking around for many more movies. Perhaps just one more and done.
As a result of that ambivalence, the question of who might replace Craig invites a lot of speculation. Will it be Henry Cavill, aka Superman? Tom Hardy? He's got a gift for playing badass characters, though often they're more working class badasses.
According to Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, the possibilities are wide open.
The Daily Mail reported on her answer to a question about whether we might one day see a woman or a person of color play Bond:
"These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit," she replied. "Anything is possible.
"Right now it's Daniel Craig, and I'm very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?"
That seems like a savvy producer's non-answer, really. Still, the jury is out on how audiences might respond to a Bond that varies from the character originally depicted in Ian Fleming's novels.
Sure, Idris Elba has the charisma and action background—he's also the definition of suave. But Elba himself seems to not take the possibility too seriously.
Really, trying to predict who might fill that wide-open future Broccoli spoke of is fruitless. In the end producers will simply choose the best person for the iconic role.
If it was up for a vote we'd probably be in the Idris Elba camp, no matter what he says.