Idris Elba as Next James Bond? Actor Weighs in on the Rumor
"Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible."
One of the names that's been floated around to play James Bond after Daniel Craig leaves is Luther and The Wire actor Idris Elba. Now, he's weighed in on the rumors, appearing on Good Morning America today to say no official discussions have taken place.
Not only that, but Elba, who is 43, says he thinks he's "too old" for the superspy role.
"I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation because there hasn't been any talks between me and the studio about any of that," Elba said, as reported by ABC News. "But everywhere I go people want that to happen, so."
With a laugh, he added, "But if I'm really honest, man, I think I'm too old for that, man, running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible."
In the interview, Elba categorized the speculation that he was in the running to play 007 as the "wildest rumor in the world."
As Vanity Fair points out, Elba is not necessarily too old to play James Bond. Roger Moore was 46 when he starred in his first Bond film, 1973's Live and Let Die and was 57 when he appeared in his last entry, A View to a Kill. Pierce Brosnan was 42 when he played Bond for the first time in GoldenEye and was 49 when he starred in his last movie, Die Another Day.
The latest James Bond movie was 2015's Spectre. It was the fourth film in the series that Craig starred in, following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall. Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre,has confirmed he won't make any more Bond films, though more entries in the action movie series are of course expected.
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