Never Say Never Again: Skyfall's Naomie Harris backs Idris Elba to become the first black James Bond
15:04 GMT, 25 October 2012
Naomie Harris has given Idris Elba her vote for him to become the first black James Bond.
The Skyfall actress said that she believes the Luther star would be well suited to role after she worked alongside him Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Harris, 36, also revealed that the Elba had been in talks with 007 producer Barbara Broccoli about the potential to become the secret agent.
He's got her vote: Naomie Harris has backed the bid for Idris Elba to become the first black James Bond
Next in line Rumours have been swirling that Elba is set to take over from Daniel Craig as 007
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Naomie, who plays Eve in the 23rd installment of the franchise, admitted that she was oblivious to the fact Idris had been hotly tipped as the next Bond.
She said: 'I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond.
'And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.'
In Stockholm… Harris, 36, has been doing her rounds promoting the 23rd installment of the Bond franchise
Stunning: Earlier in the day, Naomie wore a skater dress with a pair of heeled ankle boots
The other Bond girl: Berenice Marlohe looked elegant in a black feathered top with a pair of white trousers and black stilettos
Continuing Naomie confessed that she only learned that the 40-year-old actor was British after she began working with him on the biopic that is set from release in 2013.
She said: 'I didn’t even realize that until I started to work with him. I thought he was an American based on his role on The Wire.'
In talks with Barbara Broccoli: The 40-year-old actor has said if he does get to be Bond he doesn't want the focus to be on the colour of his skin rather than his performance
But despite getting Naomie's backing, last year Idris said if he were to become the next Bond he would not be happy if the attention was purely focused on the colour of his skin.
Talking to U.S. radio station NPR, he said: 'My Dad and I were talking about this the other day because he said 'You could do it, would you do it' I was like 'Yeah, I would do it, but I just don't want to be called the first black James Bond'. Do you understand what I 'm saying
'Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond.
'So if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond.'
Winning: Idris was awarded a Golden Globe in January for his role in the BBC drama Luther
However, the actor who is famed for taking on the role of drug baron Stringer Bell on HBO hit The Wire, quipped that if the role of 007 became his he would accept it in true Bond style.
Idris joked: ''If Sony decided to call me and said hey, we wanted to do [James Bond], I'd definitely consider it.
'I'd not only get in the cab, but I'd take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage, jump out while it was moving, jump onto a pedal bike that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get onto a plane – on the wing – and land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office.
He continued: 'I'm never shaken or stirred.'