James Bond producers say Idris Elba is ‘part of the conversation’ to be the next 007 | Ents & Arts News
James Bond producers say British actor Idris Elba is “part of the conversation” to be the next 007.
Barbara Broccoli, along with her brother Michael G Wilson, produced the last nine Bond films, including Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
One of cinema’s most sought-after and iconic roles is now back after Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 in the latest Bond movie No Time To Die.
Elba, who stars in the crime drama Luther, is often seen as a top contender for the next generation.
The 49-year-old has appeared in several Hollywood films, including Concrete Cowboy, Pacific Rim and Thor: Ragnarok.
Speaking to Deadline’s Crew Call podcast, Broccoli addressed speculation over who will play Bond next after he was told “a lot of fans want to see Idris Elba in a tuxedo”.
Broccoli, 61, said: “Well, we know Idris, we’re friends with him and he’s a wonderful actor.
“And, you know, that’s part of the conversation, but it’s always hard to have the conversation when you have someone in the seat.
“I think we’ve decided that until No Time To Die has had its run and Daniel has been able to – well, we’ve all been able to relish, reap the benefits of Daniel’s wonderful tenure, we’re not going to thinking about it, or talking about someone else, actors to play the role or storylines, we just want to live in the moment.”
If Elba lands the role, he’ll become the seventh actor to play Bond in the franchise – following in the footsteps of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Other actors tipped to be the next Bond include Tom Hardy, Richard Madden and Henry Cavill.
Craig, 53, is considered by some to be one of the best Bonds of all time.
Speaking about his departure, Wilson, 80, told the podcast: “It’s very hard to see him go, it’s a hard act to follow, as they say.
“I think we will have a challenge trying to continue, but we have set the bar high and I think it is a challenge that we will have to overcome.”