Idris Elba still ‘in talks’ to play 007: producer

Don’t count Idris Elba as billed as the next James Bond, although the actor rejected the idea in 2019 and well, the ending of Daniel Craig’s “No Time to Die” leaves many questions about his future. 007 franchise.

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson eventually confirmed that Elba’s name had been “part of the conversation” to take on the role of the notorious spy.

Daniel Craig attends the World Premiere of “No Time To Die” at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photos by Tristan Couple / Getty Images for EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Universal Pictures) (Tristan Couple / Getty Images for EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Universal Pictures)

“Well, we know Idris – I’m friends with him and he’s a great actor,” Broccoli said. on Deadline’s “Crew Call” podcast last week.

“You know, that’s part of the conversation, but it’s hard to start a conversation when you have someone in the chair,” Broccoli continued. “I think we decided that until ‘No Time to Die’ worked and Daniel was able to – well, we all can – reap the benefits of Daniel’s great tenure. , we’re not going to think about or talk about anyone else, the cast for the role or the plot or whatever. We just want to live in the moment, the present. “

The idea of ​​Elba, 49, taking over Craig has long been pushed by fans, Vanity Fair reported in 2019. A 2018 Hollywood Reporter survey also said that 63% of Americans put the British actor at the top of their wish list as the next Bond.

In that Vanity Fair story, Elba said he was not approached about playing Bond. He even doubted such casting would ever happen. He also talked about his concern for not wanting to be the franchise’s first Black 007. He said some people even told him they couldn’t accept a black Bond.

“You just get frustrated when you get people from a generational perspective to say, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really is the color of my skin,” he told the publication.

In the same quote, Elba went on to say that completing the role would put him in an unprofitable position.

“And then if I took it and it didn’t work, or it did, is it because of the color of my skin?” he say. “It’s a difficult position to put myself in when I’m not needed.”

In an interview since 2016Elba offered another reason he might not be a good fit for the part: He would be too old.

“If I’m really an honest man, I think I’m too old for that,” said Elba, then 43. “Running around in cars, and women and martinis, who wants to do that? It sounds horrible.”

“No Time to Die” finally hit theaters in September after being delayed by COVID-19. It was Craig’s fifth – and last – film. It is also the 25th Bond film in the series. Both Craig and the film’s finale make it clear that this will be his last performance as Bond.

Besides Elba, speculation about Craig’s successor has long included Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, Damien Lewis and Henry Cavill. Many names that have recently appeared in the debate include Dev Patel, Regé-Jean Page, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Richard Madden, John Boyega, Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya.

“No Time to Die” sparked the idea that Lashana Lynch would be the next 007, Esquire reported. She plays Nomi, Bond’s fellow M16, who is assigned the number 007 after he retires, but by the end of “No Time To Die” she is no longer 007, handing the number back to Bond when he returns to service. service. Broccoli has also made it very clear that James Bond will never be a woman, Esquire added.

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Huynh Nguyen

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