In the wake of Daniel Craig’s comments to Esquire this week suggesting a present reluctance to return to the role of James Bond for a fifth outing (though he’s under contract), talk of another actor to take over the role has surged this week with names like Dan Stevens and Tom Hardy regularly popping up.
One name that’s long been mentioned as a potential Craig replacement has been that of actor Idris Elba who has been doing press recently for the upcoming release of Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” on Netflix. Elba was asked about the rumors by Variety and indicates it’s all fan-driven for now:
If human beings want to know if there’s any connectivity between all of us, the one thing I’ve heard around the world universally is that, ‘You’ll be great at James Bond’. If it should happen, that’s proof there’s connectivity amongst human beings. If everyone wants something, they can make it happen. That would be true.”
“[However] it’s all rumor-ville. I’m not speaking to the James Bond people. They are not speaking to me. So if it was to happen, there you go – the will of the nation. It’s an amazing opportunity. But who knows, man. I’ve stopped speaking about it now. Even speaking to you now, I shouldn’t have answered that question.
Daniel Craig’s fourth film in the role, “Spectre,” opens on November 6th.