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Idris Elba wants Luther to be his James Bond franchise

Idris Elba wants Luther to be his James Bond franchise

Wednesday 23 November 2022 at 16:23, by Martin Macdonald
Idris Elba wants Luther to be his James Bond franchise

It seems that Idris Elba no longer wants to be considered for the role of James Bond, as he wants to launch his own 007-like franchise with Luther.

BBC series, Luther, ran for nearly a decade between 2010 and 2019, with Elba receiving critical acclaim for his performance as DCI John Luther.

It has been off television for three years now, but Luther will return to the big screen with a new movie that has reportedly already finished filming.

Elba has long been in the conversation for the next Bond, with speculation intensifying following Daniel Craig's retirement from the role, but it appears the 50-year-old has a series of Luther movies in mind.

What did Elba say about Luther and Bond?

Speaking on the Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast, Elba said: “It's incredible, it's like graduating. The television show ran a natural course, we did five seasons and each one of them shape-shifted but kept an audience captivated for 10 years.

"The graduation point is where we get to take that Luther character and elevate him to the big screen with a wider spectrum of scale, stories we can tell, maybe even take it international in terms of who Luther is. It's a huge achievement for all of us who have written it.

"Also what I'm happy about is that I saw the film, we shot the film, and if you've never seen an episode of Luther you can still be invited into the first chapter of the film series, I'm hoping that this movie literally becomes my Bond, everyone talks about Bond but, for me, it's Luther.”

Elba has previously said that he is sick of being asked about his potential casting for the next James Bond.

According to bookmaker Oddchecker, there are a number of names who are ahead of Elba in the queue, though.

The favourite remains Henry Cavill, while other actors in the frame include Tom Hardy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rege-Jean Page, Kit Harrington, James Norton and Riz Ahmed.

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