Steven Spielberg has backed Idris Elba to take on the role of James Bond should Daniel Craig retire from the franchise.
Elba has emerged as a fan favourite to play the iconic spy and while he recently suggested that he would be too old to be 007, he has just gotten a major endorsement from Spielberg.
"I am a huge Bond fan," Spielberg said. "I would love to see a Bond of colour. That would be my first choice. I think Idris would be my first choice of Bond if Daniel decides not to come back."
Spielberg went on to reveal his aspirations of sitting in the director's chair for a Bond film, saying he had been turned down by Bond boss Cubby Broccoli twice already.
"After Jaws, which was a huge phenomenal success, I think, 'Hey, people are giving me a final cut now and offering my all kinds of movies...' and the first movie I wanted to make was a Bond film," he said.
"I offered Cubby my services and he didn't think I was right for the part. Even after Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] came out and was a big hit I tried to get a Bond film. Once again, he didn't think I was right for the part."