Idris Elba ‘part of the conversation’ to be the next James Bond: producer
Idris Elba fans, rejoice!
Rumors have been swirling for years that the 49-year-old British actor could be the next James Bond.
And it turns out his name was eventually added as “part of the conversation” to reprise the role of Daniel Craig’s infamous spy.
Craig, 53, played the MI6 womanizer from 2006’s ‘Casino Royale‘ to the latest installment, ‘No Time to Die’ (2021).
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson recently appeared on Deadline’s “Crew Call” podcast and discussed the idea of casting Elba.
“Well, we know Idris – I’m friends with him and he’s a wonderful actor,” Broccoli said.
“You know, it’s part of the conversation, but it’s always hard to have the conversation when you have someone instead,” she continued. “I think we’ve decided that until ‘No Time to Die’ has kind of had its run and Daniel has been able to – well, we’ve all been able to – reap the benefits of Daniel’s wonderful tenure, we we’re not going to think about or talk about anyone else, actors to play the role or storylines or anything, we just want to live in the present moment, the present.
The ‘Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom’ star previously addressed the rumors and expressed disappointment that some fans didn’t want him to play the character.
“You just get discouraged when you make people say from a generational perspective, ‘That can’t be.’ And it really turns out that’s the color of my skin,” he noted at Vanity Fair in 2019. “And then if I get it and it doesn’t work, or does it work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a tough stance to take when I don’t.” don’t need it.
The ‘Thor’ actor continued: ‘James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic and beloved character who takes audiences on this massive escapist journey. Of course, if someone said to me: ‘Do you want to play James Bond?’ I’ll be like, ‘Yeah!’ It’s fascinating to me. But it’s not something that I expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I want to be the black James Bond.’
“Because, by the way, we’re talking about a spy. If you really want to break it down, the less obvious the better,” he added.
However, one person wasn’t too fond of Elba’s theoretical cast. In 2015, ‘007’ author Anthony Horowitz told the Daily Mail that he thought Elba was “too street” to play Bond.
“Idris Elba is a great actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do better,” he said at the time. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the role. It’s not a color issue. I think he’s probably a bit too street for Bond. Is it a matter of being suave? Yeah.”