Another “will Idris Elba be the next James Bond” rumor has officially completed its lifecycle.
We’ve got the routine down at this point. First a dubious source reports that Internet boyfriend Idris Elba is being seriously considered to portray the next incarnation of James Bond.
Next the Internet latches onto the idea because it would admittedly be really cool. The Dark Tower notwithstanding, Idris Elba is a British actor with a commanding screen presence and who looks good in a suit. Hey, if at-the-time TV producer Joss Whedon actually got to direct The Avengers, why wouldn’t exactly one more good thing in Hollywood happen?
Finally, a new source comes out to say “No, no, this has all been a grand misunderstanding and James Bond will never be interesting again after Daniel Craig, you fools.”
This time it is The Hollywood Reporter‘s turn to douse the raging fires of Internet fandom. THR reports that a representative of director Antoine Fuqua has said the Elba rumors are “all made up stuff.”
In an August 9 Daily Mail article, Fuqua was purported to have told Bond producer Barbara Broccoli that she should hire Elba as the next Bond. That’s what jumpstarted the rumors this time around.
“He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting,” a rep of Fuqua told THR. “It’s all made up stuff. Not sure how it got started.”
Sources for Elba also told the publication that no one from Bond-land had reached out.
For as long as Idris Elba, the concept of James Bond, and the Internet, itself, exist we’re all going to keep on doing this dance. Elba as Bond makes too much sense not to happen. Which means it’s probably never going to happen.
While we wait for Elba to never happen, Daniel Craig is set for one last go around as Bond in the Danny Boyle directed 25th Bond film on November 8, 2019.
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