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Is Idris Elba Going To Be The First Black Bond? Here Are 5 Other 007 Incarnations That Nearly Made It To The Big Screen

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bill-swift - November 3, 2012

Idris Elba, who is mostly known for scaring the living hell out of us as Stringer Bell in HBO's astounding drama The Wire, has been rumoured to have held discussions over starring as James Bond in a future 007 movie.

Of course, this would make Idris the first black Bond to ever grace the screen, which for some reason people seem to be making a big deal about. But did you know that Wesley Snipes was at one point considered for the role? Which would have made him not only the first black Bond, but also the first American one.

For the time being though we'll just have to make do with Daniel Craig but it's fun to think about how Elba might play the classy British spy. Here are 5 other actors who you probably didn't realise almost played J.B.

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