Idris Elba Says James Bond Casting Pushback Left Him 'Disheartened'

share to other networks share to twitter share to facebook

There is little doubt that Idris Elba would make an excellent James Bond. In fact, several people have been backing the Hobbs and Shaw star for some time now although a 007 writer has previously stated that the British spy shouldn't be played by a black man. Not surprisingly, the pushback had a depressing effect on Elba.

Elba recently spoke to Vanity Fair about his upcoming projects when the topic of James Bond came up. The Thor: Ragnarok star opened up about the pushback.

"You just get disheartened, when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can't be.' And it really turns out to be the color of my skin," Elba said. "And then if I get it and it didn't work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That's a difficult position to put myself into when I don't need to."

Advertisement

It's certainly depressing knowing that Elba is no longer interested in replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond. After all, he has all the qualities that would make him an excellent 007. Unfortunately, it looks like the world isn't quite ready for a Black James Bond right now despite all the odds.

Although he won't be taking over as 007 soon, Elba continues to be busy with several new films. He's set to terrorize Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs and Shaw and will play Macavity in the upcoming adaptation of the musical Cats.

Related: Suicide Squad 2: Idris Elba Reportedly Playing Bronze Tiger