According to Esquire, there is now a real possibility that British actor Idris Elba could take over the role of James Bond after Daniel Craig wraps up his run as the character in next year's as-yet-untitled 25th Bond film. The magazine quotes director Antoine Fuqua about a conversation he had with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and says that she believes it's time for a non-white actor to take over the iconic super-spy role. The article goes on to state that Elba is a front-runner in those discussions.
Speculation about Elba as the next Bond actor goes back to at least 2014 when emails released in the Sony hack revealed that then studio co-chair Amy Pascal told a colleague that "Idris should be the next Bond." As for Elba, he has always brushed it off and made it clear that no one has talked to him about the job. He even recently said that he felt the next Bond should be female.
Other names rumored to be in the running include Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hiddleston, and David Oyelowo. We're not likely to find out who actually gets the role until at least next year, but it's fun to speculate.