Idris Elba Explained Why He Won’t Be Playing James Bond

Despite rumors to the contrary, Elba won’t be succeeding Daniel Craig as 007.

March 4, 2019 10:01 am
Idris Elba
Presenter Idris Elba poses in the winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

In August, Idris Elba definitively answered once and for all if he would be the next James Bond.

“No,” he told Good Morning Britain. 

Now, the star has revealed why he won’t be taking the role of 007 even if it is offered to him.

In a new interview with Event, an entertainment insert from the Daily Mail, Elba said he doesn’t want to be typecast as the world’s most famous spy. 

“Bond is one of the biggest franchises in the world, and for that reason, whoever ends up playing it, lives it,” he said. “You’re that character, and known as that character for many, many years. I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris. Not ones that take over me and solely define me.”

We know it won’t be Elba, but it remains to be seen who will be succeeding Daniel Craig as 007.

However, it does seem very likely Rami Malek will be the villain in the upcoming Bond 25 film.

“We’ll have to see about that. It would be nice to play a villain, that would be another dream role for me, I’ve got to play so many great ones so far so who knows. I’m keeping tight-lipped,” Malek, 39, previously said of the possibility of joining the Bond franchise.

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