Idris Elba on James Bond Possibilities: ‘If Everyone Wants Something, They Can Make It Happen’

For a Variety cover story interview about Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” Idris Elba said that if he were ever cast as James Bond, he’d have his fans to thank.

“If human beings want to know if there’s any connectivity between all of us, the one thing I’ve heard around the world universally is that, ‘You’ll be great at James Bond!’” Elba told Variety in mid-August. “If it should happen, that’s proof there’s connectivity amongst human beings. If everyone wants something, they can make it happen. That would be true.”

Sony Pictures’ next Bond film, “Spectre,” which opens on Nov. 6, stars Daniel Craig. The studio is hopeful they can get Craig — who started playing 007 in 2006’s “Casino Royale” – to sign for at least one more film, and Elba explained to Variety that he hasn’t been approached about the role.

“It’s all rumor-ville,” Elba said. “I’m not speaking to the James Bond people. They are not speaking to me. So if it was to happen, there you go — the will of the nation.”

Elba’s conversation with Variety took place before the controversial statements from 007 author Anthony Horowitz to the Daily Mail this week, saying that Elba was “too street” for the role. “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz was quoted as saying. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part.” The British author later apologized for the comments on Twitter, saying: “I’m a writer, not a casting director, so what do I know?”

Elba said that he’d be inclined to take the part if the role ever came his way. “It’s an amazing opportunity,” the actor said. “But who knows, man. I’ve stopped speaking about it now. Even speaking to you now, I shouldn’t have answered that question.”

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