Idris Elba Admits Playing James Bond Isn't a Career Goal

Daniel Craig bid farewell to the iconic James Bond character in the recent and lauded ‘007 – No Time to Die’ – and now the search for the next actor to play the spy is in full swing.

One of the main rumors brings none other than Idris Elba as one of those considered to play Bond in a future franchise, but, in a recent interview with The Shop podcast, the actor said that embodying the character is not the main goal of his career (via Deadline).

“I’m not going to lie, everywhere in the world I go – and I mean even in different cultures – [as pessoas] say: ‘Bond!’. It’s not a goal for my career,” he commented. “I don’t think, you know, playing Bond will satisfy my personal goals.”

Recently, in an interview with Deadline (via CBM), the producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed that Elba is one of the main candidates to wear the mantle of Bond.

“Well, we know Idris, we’re friends with him, and he’s a magnificent actor. And, you know, asking him for the role has been part of the conversation at MGM, but it’s always hard to get somewhere when there are so many options.”

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Adding that they are in no rush to announce the next Bond, Broccoli said:

“So, you know, I think we decided not to rush things until Daniel and everyone involved in the franchise could reap the rewards of ‘No Time to Die’. For now, we are not thinking of anyone.”

It is worth remembering that Elba told Vanity Fair in 2019 that he has no more hope of bringing Bond to life because of people’s prejudice.

“You get discouraged when you see people saying, ‘It can’t be’ [sobre um ator negro no papel]. And it really is the color of my skin. What if I did and it didn’t, or did, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to get into and I don’t need it.”

So, will we one day see him as the most famous spy in cinema?

Remembering that ‘007 – No Time to Die’ is available on telecine.

Cary Joji Fukunaga (‘Beasts of No Nation’) is in charge of directing.

In the plot, the British secret agent is enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica, after having left active service. However, his days are numbered at peace, as a new mission is given to him.

The cast also brings the return of Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wrightin addition to presenting Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.

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