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Idris Elba Thinks It's Time for a Black or Female James Bond

Idris Elba said there’s no such thing as a “black Bond” at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Sundance Film Festival, but that it’s time to “do something different” with the English spy.

While out discussing his directorial debut in feature film “Yardie,” Elba paused to reflect on the future of the British Secret Service. Despite being fan cast as the next 007 by just about every person on the Internet with a Twitter handle, Elba has remained consistently distant from the world’s request. However, he does have a few ideas on who could be the next super secret spy.

“Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?” 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?”

Alas, it doesn’t seem like he’s changed his mind on Bond but at least he has a few interesting ideas. Meanwhile Elba’s film adaptation of the 1993 novel “Yardie” starring Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Creary, Aml Ameen, Naomi Ackie, Shantol Jackson and Stephen Graham had its premiere at Sundance on Jan. 20.

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