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Idris Elba says he's too old for James Bond

07.22.2016

If you're heading out this weekend to see STAR TREK BEYOND, you'll have the pleasure of seeing Idris Elba play the villain, Krall. He's definitely the best villain we've had thus far in the rebooted TREK universe, although there's another character fans are itching to see him play: James Bond. Rumors have been swirling about whether or not Daniel Craig would return, or who would play the new Bond, and Elba's name keeps jumping to the top of the list. In speaking with Good Morning America, Elba spoke a bit about this rumor and his thoughts on taking the role.

Idris Elba on playing James Bond:

I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation because there hasn’t been any talks between me and the studio about any of that. But everywhere I go people want that to happen, so...but if I’m really honest man, I think I’m too old for that man, running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible.

When it comes to casting Bond, the producers have never shied away from the unpopular vote, otherwise we would have seen Clive Owen don the tux long ago. As far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing. Idris Elba is a phenomenal actor and I love the roles I'm seeing him in lately. He'd make a badass James Bond, for sure, but I'd rather see him in other roles aside from the de facto English action hero.

You can check out Idris Elba in STAR TREK BEYOND which is now in theaters!

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8:22PM on 07/24/2016
I don't know that he's too old as much as that some actors seem to age more quickly (at least, per the action roles), and he's at the peak of his age to be doing it.

When Daniel Craig got it I was actually thrilled, because most people didn't know who the hell he was, and I knew he was a hell of an actor. Even with Layer Cake and Munich under his belt, I didn't know how he'd be as Bond (meanwhile, Clive Owen had recently exploded, though in retrospect, that was short-lived).

These days
I don't know that he's too old as much as that some actors seem to age more quickly (at least, per the action roles), and he's at the peak of his age to be doing it.

When Daniel Craig got it I was actually thrilled, because most people didn't know who the hell he was, and I knew he was a hell of an actor. Even with Layer Cake and Munich under his belt, I didn't know how he'd be as Bond (meanwhile, Clive Owen had recently exploded, though in retrospect, that was short-lived).

These days it's near impossible to find someone who could do it who people haven't already fantasized in the role. Hiddleston, tabloid celebrity aside, is a charmer. Dan Stevens has the age and the rising star (if we want to go back to a young Bond). Fassbender, like Hiddleston, can be suave, and is one of the busiest actors in showbiz. These are the names I expect to see on a fan shortlist.
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9:39AM on 07/23/2016

Got to disagree

Clive Owen would have killed it at Bond!

Make up now for that mistake and cast a different Clive - Mr. Clive Standen - right now. He is great as Rollo on Vikings and would just need to lose the beard. Plus he's only 35.
Clive Owen would have killed it at Bond!

Make up now for that mistake and cast a different Clive - Mr. Clive Standen - right now. He is great as Rollo on Vikings and would just need to lose the beard. Plus he's only 35.
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8:19AM on 07/23/2016
Tom Hiddleston. After watching "The Night Manager", the man is an absolute shoe-in for the part. Idris should be a villain and that's it.
Tom Hiddleston. After watching "The Night Manager", the man is an absolute shoe-in for the part. Idris should be a villain and that's it.
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9:52PM on 07/22/2016
Christian Bale as Bond. I can see that going 3-5 films, eh? He's welsh, but hey. Idris is just new-school British, but he's a Bond that should be directed by Guy Richie.
Christian Bale as Bond. I can see that going 3-5 films, eh? He's welsh, but hey. Idris is just new-school British, but he's a Bond that should be directed by Guy Richie.
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7:01PM on 07/22/2016
I think he would be a great bond honestly but honestly my first choice would be Michael Fassbender as bond with Michael Shannon as jaws . Shannon is the mirror image of jaws and im surprised nobody has picked up on that. oh well i guess its like sebastian stan looks like luke skywalker....nobody is smart enough to do something about it.
I think he would be a great bond honestly but honestly my first choice would be Michael Fassbender as bond with Michael Shannon as jaws . Shannon is the mirror image of jaws and im surprised nobody has picked up on that. oh well i guess its like sebastian stan looks like luke skywalker....nobody is smart enough to do something about it.
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6:40PM on 07/22/2016
I'm still hoping Craig does another film. Also, I'm not a fan of people suggesting other actors already headlining other franchises as Bond. They should cast someone more unknown as the next Bond, when the time comes.
I'm still hoping Craig does another film. Also, I'm not a fan of people suggesting other actors already headlining other franchises as Bond. They should cast someone more unknown as the next Bond, when the time comes.
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2:01PM on 07/22/2016
"He'd make a badass James Bond, for sure, but I'd rather see him in other roles aside from the de facto English action hero."

Well I guess starring as the alien Krall in Star Trek is a good start...
"He'd make a badass James Bond, for sure, but I'd rather see him in other roles aside from the de facto English action hero."

Well I guess starring as the alien Krall in Star Trek is a good start...
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12:46PM on 07/22/2016
Still holding out hope for a Bale/Nolan Bond pairing. Cavill would have made an excellent Bond too.
Still holding out hope for a Bale/Nolan Bond pairing. Cavill would have made an excellent Bond too.
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12:38PM on 07/22/2016

Tom hardy

Tom hardy would work for me. He's my favorite actor right now.
Tom hardy would work for me. He's my favorite actor right now.
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12:24PM on 07/22/2016
Fassbender. Michael Fassbender.
Fassbender. Michael Fassbender.
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12:56PM on 07/22/2016
I agree, he's perfect.
I agree, he's perfect.
12:18PM on 07/22/2016
He'd nail it. Great casting call.
He'd nail it. Great casting call.
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12:12PM on 07/22/2016
But he's not too old to play Bond's baddie.
But he's not too old to play Bond's baddie.
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