James Bond producers are looking for a new 007, and it looks like Idris Elba is still in the race — if he wants to.
Talk about Elba being the next James Bond has been going on for years, and he seems to have denied his desire to take on the role. Now, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have responded to the actor’s hesitation.
“It’s fantastic,” Wilson told Variety, and Broccoli quickly added, “We love Idris.”
“The thing is, there will be a few years off,” Broccoli continued. “And when we play Bond, it’s a commitment for 10, 12 years. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want this thing?’ Not everyone wants to do that. It was hard to get it. [Daniel Craig to do it]. “
Wilson noted that Craig, now 54, was in his 30s when he first started as Bond. With Elba in his fifties, he would be at least in his sixties by the time he was called to quit, making the casting process seem improbable.
007 producers shared that many actors, especially young actors, think they want to play Bond, but don’t understand what that commitment really means.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, yeah, it’d be fun to do one,'” Broccoli said with a laugh. This will not work. “
“It’s a big investment for us too, to bring out a new Bond,” Wilson added.
It’s unclear whether this means that the actor “Luther” is no longer being considered – or if he was even a competitor in the first place.
In January, Broccoli admitted that choosing Elba was “part of the conversation”. However, they did not want to hold talks while Craig still had the title Bond.
“You know, it was part of the conversation, but it’s always hard to have the conversation when you have someone in the seat,” she said on Deadline’s Crew Call podcast at the time.
Elba has previously expressed his desire to become Bond, but he may have changed his attitude toward the coveted franchise in recent years.
Earlier this month, the “Three Thousand Years of Longing” actor told listeners of the podcast The Shop, “It’s not a career goal” in relation to the role. “I don’t think playing Bond will satisfy some of my personal goals.”
“It will certainly satisfy the will of the nation,” he continued. “I’m not going to lie, every corner of the world I go to, and I’m talking about different cultures, they always go to the Bond, and I feel like it’s far from me at that intersection. It’s out of my power. You know, it’s not a question of, should I, should I, do I must, will I, that is what the will of the nation sometimes dictates.”
Speaking on the “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” podcast in August, the “Thor” representative expressed his frustration at being asked if he would be the next James Bond.
“I have no more answers for that. I just tell people, ‘Don’t ask me that,'” he admitted. “I try to say the same things. Every now and then I tease them, but every now and then I’ll give them some philosophy on why I don’t want to do it or why it’s a rumor. But most of the time now I don’t tend to talk about it.”
At the time of the interview, both Broccoli and Wilson admitted that they had not spoken to Elba recently, but there were still “early days” for choosing an actor to take over 007.
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