This week's announcement that the new 007 was gonna be Lashana Lynch, a black woman, left a lot of people shaken but plenty more stirred.

For years intense discussion and online squabbles raged about who should take over when Daniel Craig, the current 007, exchanged his Licence to Kill for a Licence to Chill after completing his tour of duty with the next movie.

There were passionate, sometimes idiotic, arguments over the merits and flaws of many actors. But as the years slipped by most names slipped off the list as two clear frontrunners emerged.

The first was Idris Elba,

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