Idris Elba is close to finally winning the role of James Bond

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According to The Independent, The Equalizer 2 director Antoine Fuqua revealed details of a conversation he had with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, stating that she said "it is time" for a non-white actor to portray the British super-spy.

While the future of Bond is uncertain, the next film in the franchise will be the anticipated Bond 25, which will also be Daniel Craig's final film in the vaunted role.

HuffPost reached out to Elba, Fuqua and Broccoli to confirm the report, but none of their camps immediately commented.

Ever since Daniel Craig confirmed the upcoming movie will be his last time on Her Majesty's secret service everyone has been desperate to know who will take over.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", the director teased.

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Other actors who have been rumored to be in line for the iconic job are Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston and Michael Fassbender. "He would be a ideal James Bond and it would be a great step forward".

In Pacific Rim, Idris Elba displayed the commanding presence required of James Bond. Will Elba want to play it as much as everyone else wants him to? He's returning as Bond in the as-yet untitled 25th film in the series, set to begin filming late in 2018.

"For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part". Elba asked. "Could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have - do something different with it, why not?"

Horowitz himself casued a media storm when he said Elba was "too street" for the role. "Glad you think I've got a shot!" he wrote in December 2014. It's not a color issue. Is it a question of being suave?

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