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James Bond Producers Confirm They Are Looking for Actors Willing to Commit for More Than a Decade, Nearly Rules Out Idris Elba 007 Casting Rumors

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Ever since Daniel Craig announced his retirement from the James Bond franchise, the fans have been eagerly waiting and guessing about the identity of the next Agent 007. Many people claimed that Idris Elba was all set to take up the mantle of James Bond which the actor had denied at every possible moment.

The new casting calls for the role of James Bond has Idris’ fans worried as they are looking for an actor for a decade worth of contract which the Beast actor is clearly not ready to commit.

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Idris Elba was eyed for the role of the next James Bond.
Idris Elba was eyed for the role of the next James Bond.

Idris Elba Out From The James Bond Race

Wherever Idris Elba went, reporters and fans would often ask him about the rumors of him being cast as the next James Bond. The actor would always brush off the question as this wasn’t one of his goals to achieve. In a recent talk with Variety, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson revealed certain criteria that they want for the next MI-6 agent which made Idris Elba an ineligible participant in the race for the next James Bond.

Daniel Craig in No Time To Die (2021).
Daniel Craig in No Time To Die (2021).

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“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. And he was in his early 30s at the time!”

The producer duo stating one criterion as a minimum of 10-12 years of commitment would make any actor think twice before agreeing. Idris Elba, being 50 years old, will have problems in giving a 10-year commitment to the role of James Bond as the role is both physically and mentally demanding. But as the door closes on Idris Elba (though he never wanted it), another door opens for the beloved Henry Cavill to take a step further in the race for the next James Bond.

Henry Cavill Can Now Win The James Bond Race

Henry Cavill and Idris Elba were the two favorite choices for fans to play the next James Bond. Since Idris Elba wasn’t interested anyways, the people turned to the Man of Steel actor as a new beacon. Henry Cavill although has never openly admitted to any of the rumors, the role would suit a man of his career experience since he has a range of characters attached to his name.

Henry Cavill earns a step forward in the race of the next James Bond.
Henry Cavill earns a step forward in the race for the next James Bond.

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From Man of Steel (2013) to The Witcher (2019-), Henry Cavill has portrayed each character gracefully. The actor, although being 40 years of age, may still have the ability to commit to a 10-year contract with the James Bond franchise.

“Nobody’s in the running. We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through. There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”

It seems that Barbara Broccoli doesn’t have Henry Cavill in mind for the role or the decision is not finalized or official yet. As of now, we know that Idris Elba is not interested in playing the character of James Bond which means the throne is up for grabs to anyone who might be interested in a decade-long agreement.

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