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.
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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