James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson reportedly agreed that Elba would be an excellent choice for the next super-spy. However, there is not much hope for Elba supporters as Broccoli revealed that they love Edris, whereas they need someone who would be okay with a long-term commitment for the role.
How old were the earlier actors playing the role of James Bond?
The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, was 38 when he started playing the role of Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale. Long ago, Roger Moore wowed Bond fans by starring in the legendary role at the age of 45 in 1973. At 58 years old, he finally left the role.
Sean Connery: Not Just A Spy Who Brought James Bond To Life
Sean Connery: 007 For Life
Scotsman Sean Connery, who passed away on October 31, was the first Hollywood actor who brought Ian Fleming’s MI6 sleuth James Bond to life on on the big screen. Connery, the son of a cleaning lady and a factory worker in Edinburgh, debuted as the first on-screen 007 agent in ‘Dr No’ in 1962. Directed by Terence Young, the film had him as a resourceful British government agent probing the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. While Connery was appreciated for his striking looks and imposing personality, Swiss actress Ursula Andress shot to fame as the bikini-clad Honey Ryder whose sultry screen presence cast a strong impression on moviegoers, across the world.
For Connery, ‘Dr No’ was the start of a long, Bond-ed association. He went on to star in six Bond films over the years, giving birth to a successful franchise that would be replete with action, fights, car chases, and the triumph of good over evil, mostly.
Pic: In this undated file photo, Sean Connery, as James Bond, poses in an event for the movie ‘Thunderball’.
How does Idris Elba’s age become a constraint for the James Bond role?
Idris Elba is now 50 and could be the first black Bond. However, many people think Elba would be too old to play the role. Moreover, the 007 producers echoed the same thought as Broccoli when he said to a significant publication that when they cast Bond, it would be a matter of commitment for 10–12 years. Therefore, the major concern for an actor is to stay committed for such a long time.
Many fans also shared their opinions on Twitter, as one person tweeted that the thought of making Elba the next Bond is idiotic. He added that it takes years to produce a film in the Bond series. So, by the time Elba, 50, acted in his second Bond movie, he would be older than the retirement age of Roger Moore.
Some fans were so eager to see Idris Elba in the role that one Twitter user posted a photo of Elba holding a Bond-style gun.
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