Idris Elba turns down James Bond role, “I am too old”

The 43-year-old actor has been widely tipped by bookmakers to take over the role when Daniel Craig leaves the film series.

Elba, who is currently on the big screen in Star Trek Beyond, told ABC’s Good Morning America: “I think I’m too old for that.

“Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible.”

The oldest actor in the film’s history to have taken on the role of James Bond was Roger Moore, who was 45 when he appeared in his first film – 1973’s Live and Let Die.

Elba, famous for his roles in Luther and The Wire, said he has not been contacted by the James Bond team about the possibility of joining the franchise.

“I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation because there haven’t been any talks between me and the studio about any of that,” he said.

“But everywhere I go people want that to happen.”

Elba is one of the favourites to step into Craig’s shoes, with bookmakers naming him, Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner and James Norton as the frontrunners.

Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is currently working on other projects – including Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, which will star Jamie Bell and Annette Bening.

It is not yet known when the next James Bond film – the 25th in the franchise – will begin production.

 

 

-BBC

Idris Elba now an eligible bachelor after splitting with girlfriend

Idris Elba has reportedly split from long-term girlfriend and mother of his son Naiyana Garth.

The Luther actor, 43, is said to have moved out of the London home he shared with make-up artist Naiyana, with whom he has 22-month-old boy Winston.

A source told a daily newspaper today: “It ended very recently and it’s too soon for her to talk about it

“They’ve kept it very quiet so she’s surprised people know already.

“It’s very sad that this has happened while Idris is experiencing the highest points of his professional career and they can’t celebrate it with each other.”

News of the split comes after Idris was spotted enjoying a night out with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

The pair seemed to have got together in America last week and were pictured leaving the prestigious 1 Oak nightclub.

Idris and Naomi struck up a friendship in 2014 after he took part in Fashion For Relief charity event.

Naomi also recently took to Twitter to publicly congratulate him on his SAG Awards win in the midst of the Oscars’ race row, writing on the social network: ‘Congratulations @Idriselba you deserve your double WIN. @SAGawards.’

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Naomi hugs Idris at a fashion event in 2014

Naiyana, in a relationship with Idris for two-and-a-half years, was notably absent from Idris’ appearance at the British Film Awards on Sunday when he scooped the Best Actor accolade for Beasts Of No Nation.

He failed to mention her during his acceptance speech.

Idris’ 13-year-daughter Isan, his child with former wife Dormowa Sherman, was with him at the awards.

The actor recently said: “My relationship with my children is very, very strong, considering I’m never home.”

Luther star accepts his Best Actor gong at the British Film Awards

The actor has also revealed plans to become a “travelling folk singer”.

He added: “I will probably become a travelling folk singer. Just put out albums every now and again. I’m not even joking.”

A representative for the star has failed to comment so far on speculation of his split.

 

 

 

 

-Yahoo News