“Idris Elba for 007.”
How many times have you heard that from James Bond Freaks over the years? Well, those pleas haven’t fallen on deaf ears, especially those of the soon-to-be 44-year-old actor. The problem is that he doesn’t fucking care.
At least, not according to his recent appearance on Good Morning America. As expected, the Luther star and future hero of The Dark Tower was asked the redundant question of whether or not he’s playing the special agent.
“I think I’m too old for that – running around in cars and ladies and martinis,” Elba admitted, tempering his inner Stringer Bell as he entertained the boring, obvious, humdrum discussion. “Who wants to do that? Sounds terrible.”
In an effort to dispel any future chats on the matter, he added: “[It’s] the wildest rumor in the world. 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.”
Truth be told, he’d be a kick ass Bond, but if it takes him away from the world of Stephen King, we’ll pass. But really, we don’t have to, considering Sony has no idea what the hell’s going on with their franchise.
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Earlier this summer, rumors tied Tom Hiddleston and Jamie Bell as possible replacements for Daniel Craig, who, depending on the day and his afternoon tea, may or may not want to still play the 00 agent.
Still, Elba’s out of his goddamn mind if he thinks he’s too old to play Bond. The average age of every 007 has been around 40, and considering Roger Moore was “four hundred years too old for the part” in A View to Kill, Elba has little to fret about.
Having said that, he’d probably want you to shut the hell up about the topic.