James Bond producers open up about Idris Elba playing the next 007: It's been part of the conversation

Idris Elba has long been seen as the internet's choice to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, and the creators of the espionage series are well aware of this.

Updated on Jan 24, 2022   |  06:03 AM IST  |  142.8K
James Bond producers open up
The internet discussion over the next James Bond had already heated up

The makers of the James Bond franchise reveal that Idris Elba's name has been mentioned, but one factor complicates matters. With the release of No Time to Die last year, the long-running espionage series attained a crucial milestone. The much-delayed No Time to Die, directed by Cary Fukunaga, was both the franchise's 25th film and Daniel Craig's farewell song.

The internet discussion over the next James Bond had already heated up before Craig said his farewells, but producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson declared that they would wait for the dust to settle on No Time to Die before beginning their hunt. In a recent interview with Deadline's Crew Call podcast, the Bond producers were asked whether Elba's name had ever come up in relation to the series. Broccoli acknowledged that he was involved in the debate, but that it is still tough to go ahead in the aftermath of Craig's departure.

The producers said as per Screenrant, "Well, we know Idris, we're friends with him, and he's a magnificent actor. And, you know, it's been part of the conversation, but it's always difficult to have the conversation when you have someone in the seat. So, you know, I think we have decided that until No Time to Die has had its run and Daniel has been able to - well, we've all been able to savor, reap the benefits of Daniel's wonderful tenure, we're not gonna think about, or talk about anybody else."

Those who have been campaigning for Idris Elba to be the next James Bond will be relieved to learn that the producers are aware of their excitement. Elba has proved himself to be a versatile actor who can manage the calm manner and action skills anticipated of a 007 with parts in Luther, The Wire, and, most recently, The Suicide Squad.


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