Idris Elba is ‘too old’ to take on the role of James Bond, according to editors of the franchise’s latest film, No Time to Die.
Editors Tom Cross and Elliot Graham have opened up to the Daily Star about casting for the iconic character and said that the Luther star would need to be ’10 years younger’.
Graham explained: “I honestly think that had he been ten years younger than Daniel, Idris Elba would be playing the next Bond but as they’re a similar age then that’s the thing.
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“But I don’t know someone amazing, because Daniel is hard to follow.”
Pitching in, Cross added: “I defer to Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to figure that out because they know what they’re doing but I have no idea.”
The comments come after Henry Golding, who has also been in the running for the role, said that diversity ‘shouldn’t be a factor’ in casting.
In an interview with the Radio Times, the A Simple Favour star said the most important factor should be picking an actor who will ‘do justice to the source material’.
The actor told the publication: “[Diversity] shouldn’t be a factor at all.
“I think Bond represents something that we’ve all sort of grown up with, and that’s a man of substance. A man who has stoic properties and is a protector and has a sensitive side.
“I think you have to do justice to the source material.”
The 34-year-old continued: “He’s such an iconic character, so I wouldn’t say that there should be any pressure.
“But I think they will choose the right person for the role. So be it Black, Asian, Latino, mixed… anything, as long as they have the attributes that they can bring to the screen.
“I think that is what the fans really want.”
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