James Bond Producers Understand Why Idris Elba Doesn’t Look Like 007

Now, however, Broccoli and Wilson have explained why they understand Elba’s reasoning, given his desire to find an actor who can play Bond in multiple films and the fact that the actor is only four years Craig’s junior.

“The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years,” Broccoli said in a new interview with Variety. “And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10- or 12-year commitment. So you’re probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing?’ Not everyone wants to do that. It was hard enough getting Daniel Craig to do it.”

Wilson added, “And he was in his early 30s at the time!” (Craig was actually 37 years old when the producers officially announced that he had the role.)

Broccoli went on to say that the pool of potential Bonds is limited by the actors’ reluctance to commit to the role long-term. “A lot of people think, ‘Oh yeah, it would be fun to do one,'” the producer said. “Well. That’s not going to work.”

He also stressed that producers need to figure out the nature of the next Bond film before securing its leading man.

“That’s why when people say, ‘Oh, who are you going to get?’ it’s not just about casting an actor for a movie,” she said. “It’s about reinvention and ‘Where do we take it? What do we want to do with the character?’ And then once we figure that out, who’s the right person for that particular reinvention?”

Finally, the producers revealed that they are still in the “early days” of their search for the next 007.

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