Idris Elba poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK special screening of the film ‘Beast’ in London, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
For years, fans have wanted to see British actor Idris Elba onscreen as the coveted 007 agent James Bond. But comments from Elba and the producers of the franchise suggest it might not happen.
Elba said on an episode of HBO’s “The Shop” that although he wants to act for the rest of his life, “it is not a goal for my career.”
“I don’t think that playing Bond will satisfy some of my personal goals,” he said. “It will definitely satisfy the will of a nation, I’m not going to lie. Every corner of the world I go…they always go, ‘Bond.’ And I feel it is beyond me at this juncture.”
He said the idea of him being the first Black Bond could help conversations about diversifying casting, though.
“We love Idris,” producer Barbara Broccoli said. “The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off. And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10-, 12-year commitment. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing?’ Not everybody wants to do that.”
That won’t stop people from wishing, though.