Why Idris Elba Says He Gets “Disheartened” By The Conversation Around Him Playing James Bond

For the past few years, there’s been a whole lot of speculationthat Idris Elba might play James Bond. Fans really want to see it happen.

And frankly, who can blame them? Idris is suave, sophisticated, not to mention ridiculously handsome — he gives off Big Bond Energy, TBH.

But in a new cover story for Vanity Fair, Idris opened up about the never-ending James Bond rumors, and why he sometimes gets “disheartened” by the whole conversation.

First, he made it clear that — sorry, folks — there are currently no plans for him to play Bond.

“Of course, if someone said to me ‘Do you want to play James Bond?’ I’d be like, yeah! That’s fascinating to me. But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond,’” he told the magazine.

He talked about how having a Bond that breaks the mold would actually make a lot of sense for the character.

Because, by the way, we’re talking about a spy. If you really want to break it down, the more less-obvious it is, the better.

But Idris then went on to discuss the racist comments he’s received whenever the topic comes up.

“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.”

And, as Idris points out, taking the job would come with added pressure at the box office, something the white James Bonds have never had to deal with.

“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.”


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