LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) Idris Elba attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Idris Elba as the Next Bond? These Photos Make a Great Case

Ten pictures of the actor at his finest.

The rumors from 2014 are resurfacing: According to Esquire, James Bond producers are reportedly "leaning toward" Idris Elba as the front-runner to play the next 007. Whether he'll nab the role or not, Elba certainly has the necessary coolness, charm, and confidence — in abundance. Here, photos of Elba at his finest.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was created using digital filters) Idris Elba attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Ian Gavan/Getty Images INTENSE NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Idris Elba attends the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com) Mike Coppola TUXED UP

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: **Exclusive Coverage** Actor Idris Elba attends HBO's Official Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic BOW TIE, OR NO BOW TIE? LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Idris Elba on set as production starts for '100 Streets' at Battersea park on August 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for 100 Streets) Tristan Fewings FRONT RUNNER PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 16: Idris Elba attends the GQ Men of the year awards 2012 at Musee d'Orsay on January 16, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images) Bertrand Rindoff Petroff TAILORED LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 22: Idris Elba attends the World Premiere of 'Thor: The Dark World' at Odeon Leicester Square on October 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage) Eamonn McCormack/WireImage IN THE SHADE CANNES, FRANCE - APRIL 14: Idris Elba attends Mandela, My Dad And Me photocall as part of MIPTV 2015 on April 14, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic) Tony Barson/FilmMagic LOOKING GREAT WITH YACHTS... PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 28: Idris Elba attends the ABB FIA Formula E Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix 2018 on April 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images ...AND FAST CARS

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