Idris Elba as James Bond is now a possibility as the 007 series producer, Barbara Broccoli has opened up about what will define the successor to Daniel Craig’s Bond.
Barbara has denied rumours that the casting for the new replacement has been and has stated that the search won’t start till the upcoming 007 flick, No Time To Die is out in theatres, which is supposed to feature the current Bond, Daniel Craig for the last time.
Idris Elba as James Bond might’ve just gotten a green signal as in an interview with Total Film, Broccoli confirmed that the search for the next won’t start till the new 007 movie is out and the search wasn’t initiated before as “you can only be in love with one person at a time. Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.” This disproves the rumours of Tom Hardy being approached for the role,
She also stated that the coveted role of the charming British agent needs to be put back on the drawing board for a total reconceptualization and also approved implicitly of Idris Elba who has been on the lips of fans for bringing an end to the long-running image of James Bond being a white man and his title of being the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ does fit the description and the character also won’t be re-adapted to be a woman agent just for the sake of change and instead, new roles should be given to women. This rules out the possibility of the reports that the character being played by Lashana Lynch will the new Bond.
“It will have to be re-imagined, in the way each actor has re-imagined the role. That’s what is so exciting and fun about this franchise; the character evolves. Eventually, when we have to think about it, we’ll find the right person. He doesn’t need to be a white man. Not as far as I’m concerned … [but] we should create roles for women, not just turn a man into a woman.”
Idris Elba has also spoken about the idea of him being the new James Bond that although he is more than happy to accept the role upon being offered to do it, he wouldn’t go out searching to get it.
“Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?,’ I’d be like, ‘Yeah!’ That’s fascinating to me. But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.’ Because, by the way, we’re talking about a spy. If you really want to break it down, the more less-obvious it is, the better.”
Check out the trailer for No Time To Die below-