Idris Elba met Daniel Craig at the Golden Globe Awards and their encounter led to everyone making the same joke.
With Craig set to give up his gun after the next James Bond film, there’s been a lot of rumours circulating about who’ll be next to dress up in a classy suit while asking for their Martini to be ‘shaken, not stirred’.
The Casino Royale star has been the face of Bond since 2006 after taking over from Pierce Brosnan, but his time as Britain’s favourite spy is nearing its end.
The actor confirmed he wanted to ‘go out on a high note’ by ending his reign with the 25th movie of the franchise, Bond 25.
Speaking to US talk show host Stephen Colbert, Craig said:
I always wanted to [return], I needed a break. I just want to go out on a high note, and I can’t wait.
Bond 25 is set to be released in 2020, so although the 50-year-old still has some time left in the role, fans haven’t been able to help but speculate who the next ‘Bond, James Bond’ will be.
However Luther star Elba has been the first choice for many.
While there’s been no confirmation as to whether Elba will become 007, the actor hasn’t exactly been dismissing the rumours.
And his encounter with Craig at yesterday’s Golden Globes (January 6), served to fuel them even further.
Elba shared a picture on Twitter showing Craig glaring at the 46-year-old, while he gave some side-eye back.
Take a look:
The current James Bond must have felt a little put out, seeing as a lot of fans are pushing for Elba to fill Craig’s shoes before he’s even stepped out of them, but the pair played on the uncomfortable nature of the encounter with the funny photo, which Elba captioned ‘Awks…’.
Though it was pretty clear the situation was ‘awks’ because of the circling rumours, fans still had a ball coming up with jokes about Craig’s potential replacement, with many using memes and puns to really rub it in.
Check out a few of my favourite responses to the photo:
You vs the guy they told you not to worry about
— Kick (@GamingKick1) January 7, 2019
*hands Daniel Craig a torch so he can pass it*
— Tyrannosaurus Lex (@Alexes_C) January 7, 2019
you seem both shaken *and* stirred.
— Mad Dog Pliny, Space Force (@plinytheelder_t) January 7, 2019
This isn’t the first time Elba has teased Bond fans.
Last year he shared a picture of the top of his head, writing ‘my name’s Elba, Idris Elba.’
While the photo is more ‘what you see when you accidentally open the front camera’ than ‘official James Bond promo picture’, the caption itself was enough to excite those pushing for the actor to be the next Bond.
Despite the tweets, Elba has said in the past he didn’t set out to give false hope to fans, but he just couldn’t resist playing on the rumours.
Speaking to Sky News, as reported in the Evening Standard, he said:
I’m not teasing, I’m not meant to be teasing. But you’ve got to laugh, it’s such an incredible rumour that has gotten out of hand – and hey, why not?
In the background of the image was Netflix’s Ted Sarandos – their Chief Content Officer – who was looking over to Idris and Daniel with a quizzical eye.
This led to one joke in particular. which has got people’s chins wagging:
Just noticed Ted Sarandos in the background, clearly trying to figure out how to turn this into a Netflix original series. https://t.co/1F1xVuFScZ
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) January 7, 2019
Hopefully their encounter at the Golden Globes wasn’t actually as uncomfortable as they made it seem in the picture!
As for who’s playing the next Bond, we’ll just have to wait and see…
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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 become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.