Idris Elba is bloody cool, isn’t he? On that alone, he should be Bond. Then you look at his body of work: from The Wire to Beasts of No Nation and beyond, Elba has showcased his considerable talents across big-budget blockbusters, small-scale crime dramas, and so much more.
It’s Luther, the BBC series that sees Elba play a London detective, that offers the most compelling case for the British star to become the first Black actor to play Bond. His presence is unmatched, and Luther has gone toe-to-toe (and often punch for punch) with a rogues’ gallery that wouldn’t look out of place in a 007 flick. Did we also mention he’s really, really cool?
Again, age could work against the actor – Elba’s entering his 50s. Plus, for his part, Elba told Capital XTRA in early 2021 that he’s aware of the rumours – but content with his lot. "I know the rumours about Bond have always chased me," he said. "Listen, my poor mum is like ‘One day you’re going to get it!’ I was like ‘Mum, I’m good, I’ve got Luther!’ I’m definitely doing that."
More recently, he told ITV that he's definitively "not going to be the next James Bond." End of story? Maybe. Maybe not. Producer Barbara Broccoli told Deadline that his long-term link to the role has been "part of the conversation" and added that the pair were friends, calling him a "magnificent actor."