Idris Elba Addresses James Bond Rumours

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Idris Elba has addressed rumours which suggest he may be next in line to play the iconic British spy James Bond following Daniel Craig’s departure. 

After numerous delays and a wealth of anticipation, the latest Bond film No Time To Die was finally released at the end of September and marked Craig’s final appearance as 007.


The 53-year-old first stepped into Bond’s shoes in the 2006 film Casino Royale and over the years many younger fans grew up watching Craig’s adventures as Bond, the actor becoming synonymous with the face of the spy.

Daniel Craig as James Bond (Alamy)Alamy

However, with Craig’s time having come to an end it’s time for someone else to take on the role, prompting fans across the globe to question who could be worthy. Elba has long proved a fan-favourite possibility, so he discussed the role during an interview with Metro ahead of the release of his new Western film, The Harder They Fall.

Unfortunately the Luther star did little to fuel the rumours, and when asked what his response was to fans who were hoping he would fill the role, Elba commented: ‘Well I would say… There is nothing to say.’


The actor went on to say it was ‘such a nice compliment, in most people’s opinion, to be the next James Bond’, but unfortunately seeing him order a martini ‘shaken, not stirred’ is ‘not a reality’.

Idris Elba (Alamy)Alamy
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Elba added: ‘So hey, it is what it is.’

Of course, it’s worth noting that it’s unlikely the actor would suddenly admit to being the next Bond even if it really was a reality, so Elba’s shutdown of the rumours probably won’t stop them altogether. For now, though, it seems like fans should probably take their speculation elsewhere.


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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

Topics: Celebrity, 007, Daniel Craig, Idris Elba, James Bond, No Time To Die


  1. Metro

    Idris Elba addresses James Bond rumours after No Time To Die release: ‘It’s such a nice compliment’