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Over the last few years, Idris Elba‘s name has been mentioned in the same breath as the Bond franchise, well, countless times. Now, a new survey has found that the Luther actor appears to have popular support behind him.

A poll of 2,201 American adults taken by The Hollywood Reporter from November 8-11 found that 63 percent of people support the idea of Elba taking over the iconic role from Daniel Craig.

The poll found that backing for Elba, recently named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, personally outweighed support for the idea of a black Bond generally, which 52 percent of folks said they approved of.

Meanwhile, just 37 percent of respondents said they supported the idea of a female Bond, and only 28% said they liked the idea of a gay Bond.

By now, Elba could have gotten pretty tired of being asked about Bond, but remarkably, he’s managed to keep his sense of humor about the situation. Over the summer, he referenced the rumors in a series of playful tweets, and wittily dropped the Bond theme into one one of his DJ sets.

Back in October 2017, he expressed some very valid reservations about being constantly linked to Bond, telling The New York Times: “I think [the rumors are] more about, ‘We just want to have a black guy play James Bond’ rather than, ‘Idris Elba, the actor, play James Bond.’ That’s the part I’m like, ugh, come on.”

What’s hardly in doubt is Elba’s super-packed work schedule. He’s just been cast as badass Macavity in the Cats movie, playing the villain in Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, and starring in a new, slightly different take on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Oh, and let’s not forget his title role in the upcoming fifth season of Luther, which is due to air in 2019.

Besides, Daniel Craig has yet to sip his final Martini as Bond – shaken, not stirred, obviously. Bond 25 is due to start shooting at England’s Pinewood Studios next March with Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) in the director’s chair following Danny Boyle‘s departure. The film is now set for release on February 14, 2020.

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By Nick Levine