Idris Elba stirs up James Bond buzz again

There was growing buzz in Hollywood over Oscars weekend for hunky actor Idris Elba to take over the coveted role of James Bond, at the same time debate’s raging over diversity in the movies.

As Elba made the rounds of Hollywood parties on Friday night, one power movie exec told us of Elba as 007, “Is the world ready? I think so.”

Further sources added they were confident Elba could take on the iconic part.

Elba even got a shout out at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards when comedian Kumail Nanjiani joked that having a black James Bond was as absurd as a female Ghostbuster. His co-host, Kate McKinnon, is starring in a female remake of “Ghostbusters.”

Elba had been considered a Best Actor contender for his role in recent “Beasts of No Nation,” but he was snubbed in a year that no black actors were nominated, including Will Smith and “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan. Some like Smith have boycotted, while black presenters onboard for the show this year include Jordan, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Common, John Legend, Pharrell Williams and Louis Gossett Jr.

But perhaps besides the Bond buzz on Oscar weekend, karma was on Elba’s side, too. At the exact time he entered a reception for this year’s British nominees at Fig & Olive as the night’s surprise guest, the Bond theme suddenly started booming on the audio system.

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