‘Spectre’ actor Ralph Fiennes says Idris Elba could ‘absolutely’ play Bond

'Luther' actor is considered a frontrunner to succeed Daniel Craig in the iconic role

Spectre actor Ralph Fiennes has endorsed Idris Elba as a possible future Bond, saying he can “absolutely” see the Luther actor as 007.

Daniel Craig’s future in the iconic role remains uncertain. Though he recently said he would rather “slash my wrists” than make another Bond film, he has since backtracked slightly and hinted that he has yet to make up his mind about a fifth appearance as the world’s most famous secret agent.

Speaking about Daniel Craig’s future in the role, Fiennes – who plays Bond’s boss M in Spectre – told Shortlist: “Right now he’s a hot ticket as Bond. Therefore his exit would throw a massive question mark back at the franchise to who could match him, who could replace him, who could be the right person to succeed him.”

When Elba was suggested as a potential successor, Fiennes replied: “I think he’s a brilliant actor, yeah. I can see him in the role, absolutely.”

Alongside Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis, Elba is considered a leading contender to take over from Daniel Craig as Bond. Anthony Horowitz, the author of the latest James Bond novel ‘Trigger Mortis’, recently apologised for suggesting Elba is “too street” to play the iconic secret agent.