. >> sean connery, roger timothy dalton, pierce brosnan, and idris elba. could he at last be the 008th meant to play james bond in the movies? charged with anointing a new bond in the wake of daniel craig no time to die, the producer with where's the deadline podcast this week concerning the 49-year-old elba. >> i am friends with him, he is a magnificent actor. it has been part of the conversation. reporter: that was enough to get social media both shaken and start. when it comes to bond fans, the idris elba conversation has been on for some time, even when the star himself demurred. >> i think i am tooth -- too old for that, running around with cars, ladies, rt knees, who wants to do that? it sounds terrible. >> terrible to whom? from his breakout role as drug dealers stray rebel in the wire to his award-winning performance in the hunting of beast of nolenation. the character of james bond has transformed and shape shifted as much as the times have from his 1960's movie debut. should he take on that role he would have impact far beyond typical recasting.
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