The question of who will succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond has (probably) received more column inches than any movie role recast in history. According to many bookmakers, Idris Elba is one of the frontrunners to take over, only slightly behind Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Poldark star Aidan Turner.
But Joanna Lumley, who briefly appeared as a Bond girl in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, has suggested the Emmy-winning Luther actor would be miscast as 007. “Idris Elba is stunning – and was incidentally in Absolutely Fabulous – but I don’t think he is right for Bond, who is quite clearly described in the book,” she told Radio Times. “I’m color-blind when it comes to acting, but Idris Elba is just a zonking great star anyway.”
Lumley then said Elba should instead be given his own star vehicle, adding: “I think ‘Idris Elba for fab new fabness’ is what I would say.”
Elba has been linked to the Bond franchise for several years now, but understandably seems to find the rumor mill somewhat tiresome. “Are people still talking about that?” he told Business Insider in December. “No man, I don’t know anything. There’s no update whatsoever.” Asked if he “gets a kick” from being tipped to play Bond, Elba simply replied: “No, I don’t get a kick out of it.”
Talk of anyone succeeding Daniel Craig could be rather premature, anyway. Though the actor famously said in 2015 that he’d “rather slash my wrists” than play Bond again, he spoke more positively about the franchise at a New York City panel event attended by Vulture last year, saying: “It’s a good gig, I enjoy it.”
Meanwhile, Bond executive producer, Callum McDougall, told BBC Radio 4 in September that Craig is “absolutely the first choice” to star in the next film. So we’ll just have to wait to see whether he decides reprise his role.
For that matter, it’ll also be interesting to see who gets to sit in the director’s chair for the franchise’s 25th installment.
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