In 2021’s No Time To Die, he made his last outing as the secret agent.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting news of the person who will take over the job going forward ever since, and Elba has made it pretty evident where he stands.
The Beast actor made it seem as though he wouldn’t have time for such a significant project, especially since his Luther movie would soon be out.
He reportedly said (via Express):
“We’ve been working on the television show for about 10 years and so the natural ambition is to take it to the big screen, and so we’re here with the first movie.
“You know, a lot of people talk about another character that begins with J and ends with B, but I’m not going to be that guy.
“I’m going to be John Luther. That’s who I am.”
Many others are expressing their disappointment with him on Twitter because they think he’d be “Great” in the part.
One person tweets: “Mannn, he would have been a great Bond!”
“That’s too bad,” another adds. “I was hoping for him.”
A third person says: “Damn, he would be spectacular in the role!”
“Would have been a solid choice,” someone else remarks.
Whether Elba wanted the part or not, the producers apparently already ruled him out.
The actor would need to be “10 years younger” to be taken into consideration, according to film editors Editors Tom Cross and Elliot Graham.
Graham told The Daily Star: “I honestly think that had he been ten years younger than Daniel, Idris Elba would be playing the next Bond but as they’re a similar age then that’s the thing.
“But I don’t know someone amazing, because Daniel is hard to follow.”
The actor chosen for the part must be willing to commit for at least ten years, according to James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Referencing Elba, Broccoli tells Variety: “The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off, 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.”