AceShowbiz - James Bond's boss has tipped Idris Elba as the new 007.
Ralph Fiennes, who has played M, the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, in all the Bond films since 2012, has broken his silence on who he would like to see as Daniel Craig's replacement when the fellow Brit steps down.
Appearing on Wednesday's (March 13) episode of chat show "Lorraine", the "English Patient" star insisted Idris would be "a fantastic" James Bond.
Elba has made it clear that he has no interest in becoming the first black Bond and recently revealed he has not had any conversations with Bond producers.
Meanwhile, Fiennes had revealed he was once up for the role - and even had a meeting with franchise creator Cubby Broccoli and his daughter Barbara, who now oversees all the 007 movies.
"Years ago I talked to Barbara Broccoli and her father, briefly, but it didn't work out," he recalled. "I think actually Pierce Brosnan, who was a fantastic Bond, played it, which was great and actually I feel, on reflection, I'm happy playing M."
According to Variety, the 25th Bond movie, which many fans expect will be Craig's last as 007, will start shooting this summer, and Fiennes admits he is still awaiting top secret information about the film.
"I know we're shooting this year," he said. "I'm genuinely not being coy, I've not yet read a script. I don't have a start date. I know that Daniel is playing Bond and I'm looking forward to starting that... I think sometime in May or June."
Cary Fukunaga will direct "Bond 25".