Next James Bond: Idris Elba confirms whether he has been approached for 007

BBC Breakfast: Idris Elba responds to James Bond casting question

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No Time To Die has only been out for just under a month, but all James Bond fans are concerned with is the potential replacement for Daniel Craig. The British star played 007 for 15 years over five films, and now a lot of Hollywood A-listers have been put forward for the role by betting companies, including legendary actor Elba.

Elba, who recently starred in The Suicide Squad, recently appeared on BBC Breakfast where he was quizzed over whether he was already in line to become Bond.

Speaking to Naga Munchetty, he revealed: “Listen, I can’t tell you who’s in line, no one can.”

The BBC presenter then went on to ask if he had been “approached” for the role.


With a laugh, Elba replied: “No I haven’t been approached, I haven’t been approached.”

Despite this, he went on: “But, I can tell you, as far as what the people want, I’m in line.

“So is Tom Hardy, so is Tom Hiddleston. So, there’s some good people that are in line.”

He reiterated: “But I’m not in line in any official capacity.”

This isn’t the first time Elba has spoken out about being considered for the role this week.

Idris Elba reacts to GoldenEye in 1995

Elba was recently asked about whether he would take on the role if it were offered to him.

He replied: “I say this in jest, but this is my answer to Bond: [Luther] is my big character that lives in the same space as the Bournes, as the Bonds in the world.

“Not in terms of spy works or spying, but this is a character that fights evil and then will stop at nothing to do it.

“And we created him from scratch. Me and [the showrunner] Neil Cross really ploughed our hearts into making John Luther.” (Via Esquire)

Elba added: “I’ve never been more thankful for a character that keeps going. I love him.

“And it’s a hard character to play. It’s very absorbing, but I’ve liked bringing him to life every time. I’ve loved it.”

The Luther actor was also spotted at the No Time To Die premiere, where he was – again – asked if he was going to be Bond in the near future.

He bluntly responded: “No, I’m not going to be James Bond.”

Currently, Elba has an incredible spot in the Bond odds after Craig. 

Ladbrokes have awarded the star 9/1 odds on grabbing the role. But he is still being beaten by some heavy hitters.

At the top of the leaderboard is Hardy with 5/2, while Bridgerton actor Regé-Jean Page is just behind with an incredible 3/1.

James Bond No Time To Die is in cinemas now.


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