Next James Bond: ‘Idris Elba’s moment to take over from Daniel Craig has ...

JAMES BOND favourite Idris Elba’s moment to take over from Daniel Craig after No Time To Die has passed, according to a 007 expert.

PUBLISHED: 13:18, Mon, Dec 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:34, Mon, Dec 9, 2019

Over the past couple of years Idris Elba has been a favourite at the bookies to be the next James Bond. But recently he’s slipped as far back as 12-1 in the race to replace Daniel Craig after No Time To Die.

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But now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Bond expert and author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Mark O’Connell reckons the 47-year-old’s moment has passed.

He said: “Well one of the main choices for ages has been Idris Elba, but I think his moment’s passed, just because of an age window.

“He’s in his late forties, which is no age at all, but Bond’s got to have a good 10-year window.”

As for a Bond of a different race or gender, O’Connell is in favour of a non-white incarnation of the character but isn’t so keen on a woman taking up the role.

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The Bond expert explained: “I have no problem with any actor from any background stepping into the role.

“We’ve had a non-white Moneypenny, Felix Leiter. [A black Bond] may ruffle a few feathers, but it is the 21st century after all.

“I think the gender swap is a bigger risk and, for me, a bigger no-no because it’s not where the beats and the mechanics of the character lie.

“So if you just swap it over, it’s not really enough. I don’t think they’re going to do that.”

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