Rapper Kanye West attends DuJour Magazine's Jason Binn Welcomes Yellowtail Sunset's Chef Akira Back to LA at Yellowtail Sunset on November 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Rapper Kanye West attends DuJour Magazine’s Jason Binn Welcomes Yellowtail Sunset’s Chef Akira Back to LA at Yellowtail Sunset on November 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

*Kanye West has spoken. He says Idris Elba “needs to be” the next James Bond.

The rapper has backed the British actor as a future Bond after a leaked email, released as part of the recent Sony Pictures hacking scandal, appeared to confirm him as a potential 007.

West insists casting Elba would be a “visionary” move for the Bond franchise, telling Britain’s The Sun newspaper, “I know Idris a little bit and he is a big talent. When the role for James Bond comes up it needs to be his. James Bond is a role made for British actors and you won’t find a British actor who has the talent of Idris. To be honest you won’t find many anywhere who have his talent.

“Artists should be visionaries. A black James Bond would be visionary no doubt. Something that 30 years ago would have seemed crazy should now be something that is a real possibility.”

In the leaked email, Sony’s co-chairman Amy Pascal touted Elba as a 007 candidate to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive vice president of the firm which distributes the films, simply stating, “Idris should be the next Bond.”