Bad news for fans that really wanted to see Idris Elba be the next James Bond. Elba puts these rumours to rest once and for all.
Idris Elba has recently confirmed that he will not be playing James Bond, much to the chagrin of a lot of fans. Idris Elba is best known for his iconic TV roles. He starred in The Wire as Stringer Bell and John Luther in the hit BBC show Luther. Along with his TV show appearances, Elba has also starred in the Thor franchise as Heimdall and most recently played Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad.
Elba has been a fan favourite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond as the franchise moves forward after Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 in No Time To Die. Fans and former Bond actors alike, like Pierce Brosnan, have expressed a desire in seeing Idris Elba play the role of James Bond. The discussion about who will be the next James Bond has escalated in recent times after it was confirmed that Daniel Craig will indeed be leaving the franchise after No Time To Die.
In a recent interview with ITV, Elba had something to say about the potential of him being the next James Bond. Elba simply said ‘No, I’m not going to be the next Bond.’ However, it does seem like Elba at least desires to play the famous character as he followed up by saying ‘who wouldn’t’ want to play Bond and even suggested it would be an ‘incredible role.’
Producers for the Bond movies have confirmed that they will wait until 2022 before thinking about recasting for James Bond for future iterations in the franchise. In modern times, much of the conversation about recasting for the role has centered around race and gender, with people questioning if a shift in direction would make sense now more than ever due to the perceived inequality that is evident in Hollywood when it comes to the opportunities that are available to actors of colour.
Elba does come across as if he’s had it with the ongoing rhetoric linking him with the role of James Bond. Perhaps, it is time to move on from that discussion now given that Idris Elba is now 49 years of age. Daniel Craig has gone on record in the past by saying that the physical demands of playing Bond can take its toll, and that he doesn’t desire to continue with the role. Elba is now older than Craig was when he made those comments – so it isn’t unrealistic to believe that the studio will be looking to cast someone younger who could comfortably carry the franchise for many years to come.
Having said all of that, it’s not to say that Idris Elba will drop out of the conversation any time soon. Who knows, one day it may still come to fruition. Stranger things have happened right? (Nicolas Cage almost playing Superman anybody?). Unfortunately, for the time being anyway, the idea of Idris Elba playing James Bond will have to remain as a pipe dream for the fans that really wanted to see this happen.
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