Idris Elba couldn’t be clearer about not wanting to be 007

Get a clue.

words by: Alee Kwong
Oct 8, 2022

The search for the next 007 is still underway and the producers seem to have a grasp on who they want to cast in the iconic role. A name that’s been on the shortlist of producers and fans alike is that of Idris Elba. It makes sense, right? The perfect accent — check. A smooth operator on and off the screen — check. Easily carries an air of mystery — check. Looks stellar in a suit — check! But it might be time to scratch that name off the list because the British actor has spelled out why he doesn’t want the role.


“I don’t think that playing Bond will satisfy some of my personal goals,” Elba said during an episode of Uninterrupted’s The Shop. “It will definitely satisfy the will of a nation, I’m not going to lie.” He said that everywhere he goes, he can’t seem to escape the word “Bond” coming up during interactions, “and I feel it is beyond me at this juncture.”



When speaking about the status of their search, Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson spoke to Variety about their thoughts on potentially casting Idris Elba. “We love Idris,” Broccoli said. “The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off,” she added. “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. It was hard enough getting [Daniel Craig to do it].'” Wilson added that Craig was also in his 30s when he first took on the physically tolling role.


Other actors such as Richard Madden (Bodyguard, Eternals), Tom Hardy (VenomMad Max: Fury Road), Henry Cavill (The WitcherMan of Steel), and Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton, The Gray Man) have also been rumored to be on the shortlist for the role.


This has obviously been a labor-intensive search that dates back a while. We have to admit, Idris Elba would’ve been perfect for the role, but all in all, he couldn’t want it less.


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