After vehemently complaining about the drudgery of starring in the James Bond movies, going so far as to say, “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” than sign on for another movie after Spectre, Daniel Craig’s announcement on The Colbert Show of his return in a fifth 007 movie was a bit of a surprise, even for avid franchise fans. Of course, with five studios vying for the rights to distribute the 25th movie in a one-picture deal, the cash is probably what lured Craig back to the role.
James Bond is one of those timeless franchises, with many more stories to tell, so there will inevitably be a 26th movie. But, with Craig aging and seemingly over it, who will step in to fill his Crocket & Jones shoes in the next movie? One name that has popped up repeatedly since Craig first hinted he might be done playing the man with the “License to Kill” is Idris Elba, who has already broadened the idea of what a fictional character should look like in taking on the role of Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor movies and in Avengers: Infinity War, and as Stephen King‘s iconic gunslinger Roland Deschaine in The Dark Tower.
Elba has frequently teased the idea himself and even seemed to suggest that he had landed the role in a recent tweet following the “news” that he would be playing James Bond in an Antoine Fuqua-directed version:
Unfortunately, the intriguing idea was called “all made up stuff” by a representative for Fuqua and Elba has seemingly backpedaled on his previous tweet a mere four hours later:
Don’t believe the HYPE…
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018
Sony distributed the last four James Bond movies, but MGM and Eon Productions have reportedly taken distribution pitches from Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Annapurna, as well.