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- Idris Elba shared an “awkward” selfie with James Bond actor Daniel Craig at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.
- Elba was alluding to years of speculation that he himself could be the next star to take on the role of 007.
- Over the years, Elba has both denounced and leaned into rumors that he could be the next James Bond, most recently saying that there had been no talks between him and the franchise’s producers.
- Read all of INSIDER’s 2019 Golden Globe coverage here.
It’s been a hell of a week for Idris Elba.
Just a few days later, Elba was donning a jewel-toned Ozwald Boateng tuxedo for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
On stage, the “Luther” star presented the awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song with singer Taylor Swift and his daughter Isan Elba who was Miss Golden Globe 2019.
Back in the crowd, Elba found himself sat next to James Bond actor Daniel Craig and couldn’t resist taking an “awkward” selfie.
The actor captioned the photo “Er…” on Twitter.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) January 7, 2019
Elba was alluding to the years of speculation that he himself could be the next star to take on the role of 007, which would make him the first actor of color to do so.
Over the years, Elba has both denounced and leaned into rumors that he could be the next James Bond.
In 2016, Elba told Business Insider that he did not “get a kick” out of the rumors, however, at a London DJ set last year the actor came out to a remixed version of the James Bond theme song and posted a selfie on Twitter with the caption: “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba.”
my name’s Elba, Idris Elba. pic.twitter.com/kEyyaVg8JX
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018
He later told Sky News: “I’m not teasing.
“I’m not meant to be teasing. But you’ve got to laugh, it’s such an incredible rumor that has got out of hand – and hey, why not?”
Elba isn’t the only star teasing ahead of “Bond 25,” which is set to be released in February 2020. “Bohemian Rhapsody” actor Rami Malek recently spoke about playing the villain in the franchise’s next instalment.
“We’ll have to see about that,” Malek told ET. “It would be nice to play a villain, that would be another dream role for me.
“I’ve got to play so many great ones so far so who knows. I’m keeping tight-lipped.”
Malek’s hints conflict with previous reports that producer Barbara Broccoli and EON Productions were looking for a female lead to play the next villain.
As always, we’ll just have to wait and see…