Producers of James Bond Want To Idris Elba, but He Might Say No
In a new interview with Variety, nobody has yet been cast as James Bond. British actor Idris Elba said he does not see Bond when he "looks in the mirror," 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson addressed the rumors of Elba portraying the new James Bond.
"We love Idris. The problem is, [the next Bond film] will be a couple of years away," Broccoli said. "So he's probably thinking, 'Do I really want that thing?' Not everybody wants to do that. It was difficult enough for [Daniel Craig] to do it."
Daniel Craig portrayed James Bond in a total of seven films, from Casino Royale (2006) to No Time to Die (2021). Fans have speculated that Elba will take Craig's position as 007 since Craig's contract was not renewed, and Broccoli has even admitted that the actor was "a part of the conversation" when it came to casting.
Broccoli said to Deadline in January that "we know Idris, we're friends with him, and he's an amazing actor." "I think we have decided that until No Time To Die has had its run and Daniel has been able to – well, we're not going to think about, or talk about anybody else."
Broccoli stated in June that the 26th 007 film would "reinvent" Bond and that there is currently no person in consideration for the role. Broccoli also stated that filming for the next Bond film will not begin until 2025.