Recent rumors have once again stirred speculation that , Elba said, “If I’m really honest, I think I’m too old for that, man. Running around in cars, and ladies, and martinis… who wants to do that? It sounds terrible.”
OK, he may have been joking, but realistically speaking Eon probably isn’t looking to cast an actor who will already be in his 50s by the time his first movie hits theaters. Elba is around the same age as Daniel Craig, who is currently preparing to exit the role, and when recasting happens the studio will almost certainly be looking for someone (to borrow a line from Deadpool) young enough to carry their own franchise for 10 to 12 years – probably an actor under 40, like Craig was when he was cast. Craig still has another movie to go, with Danny Boyle directing the as-yet untitled 25th entry in the franchise. That movie is out in theaters in 2019 – at which point Elba will be 47, soon to turn 48.
There’s certainly a lot of enthusiasm for Elba to play James Bond, but so far it’s all come from fans, with no indication from either the studio or the actor that it’s really on the cards. Perhaps Elba should do what Nathan Fillion did after years of being fan-cast as Nathan Drake, and simply star in a short fan film to give the people what they want.