The wait for the much-delayed next Bond film, No Time To Die, has been so long it’s easy to forget it will be Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007.
Idris Elba (49) is one of many British actors who have been on the movie-goer’s wishlist to succeed him.
One Twitter user noticed footage of UK cinemagoers reacting at Piers Brosnan’s appearance as Bond in 1995’s GoldenEye.
Two young men are seen at the end of the clip, giggling about the new 007. One of the men looks familiar.
A then 23-year-old Elba says of Brosnan: “He’s got the charm and he’s got all the looks, y’know what I mean?
“And he’s fit, he’s strong and blah, blah, blah. Yeah he’s alright, he’s alright.”
An undiscovered actor at the time, today the 49-year-old is an action star and a bookies’ favourite to become the next James Bond.
Elba’s best odds of replacing Daniel Craig as Bond after No Time To Die are at 4-1.
Although with the star turning 50 this year and the incumbent being 53 might mean he’s too old now to play 007. (That’s showbiz.
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Whatever the case, Elba’s certainly had fun with all the endless speculation.
Speaking with Event magazine afterwards, Elba said: “We just did it on the spur of the moment, thought it would be a laugh. It was a selfie. Didn’t realise it would be picture of the year.”
At the 2019 Golden Globes, he sat next to Craig and shared a selfie with him captioned: “Awks…..”
Interestingly, Brosnan himself has backed Elba to be the next Bond after Craig.
Speaking with People, the 68-year-old said: “Idris Elba comes to mind. Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent.”
Brosnan went on to star in three more Bond movies after GoldenEye – Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.