Idris Elba Talks ‘Thor 2′, ‘The Avengers’, and James Bond Rumors

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:36 am,

Immediately following his win at the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony, ubiquitous fan-favorite Idris Elba was hit up by journalists wanting to know more about his upcoming film schedule, which could possibly include both Marvel’s Thor 2 and The Avengers, as well as the James Bond franchise somewhere down the road (if rumor mongering is anything to go by).

Elba is currently back in Toronto, where he’s working on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s anticipated sci-fi/giant monster movie, Pacific Rim. However, before he departed the Globes event, the English actor dropped a few tidbits about which upcoming movies he will for certain show up in – as well as which ones remain possibilities.

MTV asked Elba about whether or not he’ll be reprising his well-liked turn as the Guardian of Worlds, Heimdall, in either (or both) this summer’s The Avengers and the upcoming Thor sequel. Elba revealed that he has not yet met with newly-minted Thor 2 helmer Alan Taylor, but that he’s a lock to return for that comic book flick; Avengers, on the other hand, is a project he’s “unsure” about right now.

That leaves Elba in the same boat as his Thor co-star, Jaimie Alexander, who also refused to rule out the appearance of her onscreen Asgardian counterpart, the warrior gal Sif, in writer/director Joss Whedon’s superhero teamup flick. Obviously, at this point, their theoretical parts in the film would amount to nothing more than a glorified cameo, but there remains the chance that both characters (as well as Asgard itself) could appear briefly during The Avengers – or, rather, in an after-credits scene, in keeping with Marvel Studio’s tradition.

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Idris Elba as Heimdall in ‘Thor’

In addition to his aforementioned comments, Elba also spoke briefly with journalists at the Golden Globes about his possibly becoming Daniel Craig’s successor to the 007 throne. Here’s what he had to say:

“There was a huge rumor that once Daniel Craig finishes playing Bond that they were looking for someone different and my name was in that mix. And I answered a bunch of questions and the bottom line is of course, I’d be honoured to play the part if it comes my way.”

Elba previously made it clear that he’s simply interested in portraying a new cinematic incarnation of James Bond, rather than playing “a black version” of the iconic secret agent. Craig is reportedly being considered to portray 007 for five more films, following the release of Skyfall later this year, but that deal is far from set in stone; not to mention, there’s been no word as to whether or not Craig actually wants to continue wearing the Bond suit for that long.

In other words: don’t count out Elba or any other rumored candidates (like Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender) as contenders to eventually take on the title of Mr. Bond just yet.


The Avengers will be released in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.

Thor 2 is slated for a U.S. theatrical release on November 15th, 2013.

Source: MTV, NBC (via Youtube)

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  1. Daniel Craig is James Bond, will be for a long long time, and may perhaps prove to be the best Bond of them all. Maybe someday there will be a black James Bond but it won’t be Idris Elba (who is an awesome actor, if you haven’t seen The Wire do yourself a favor and go watch the best television show ever made) because he’ll be too old for the part so there’s no point in even debating it. Daniel Craig is here to stay. Accept it and move on.

    • Too old? Lmao really?…thats your reason…check out the ages of all the dudes that have played Bond… Just stop it lol

      • Yes, too old. Playing Bond is physically demanding and if they want the next actor who plays Bond to do more than one film than he will have to start out in his 30′s at least. Physicality will be a part of Bond from now on, Daniel Craig has set a precedent. I love Roger Moore but there won’t be another Bond actor hired who has liver spots by his third film ever again.

        • Who are you to say that he couldnt. You act like Daniel as james bond is some sort of acrobat. Lol at the most he runs, jumps,kicks and punches. Hes not doing back flips or extreme parkour. Tom cruis Who are you to say that he couldnt. You act like Daniel as james bond is some sort of acrobat. Lol at the most he runs, jumps,kicks and punches. Hes not doing back flips or extreme parkour. Tom cruise is damn near fiffty and is more then able to do his own stunts..Idris is 30 sumthing, give me a break.

  2. Tom Cruise wishes he was Daniel Craig on his best day. Go watch Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead Or Alive and you’ll see what I mean about physical acting. And try turning on your spellcheck next time, kid. It’ll help…

  3. Elba is a fantastic actor, look no further than the BBC show Luther, incredible stuff. As for the “James Bond is not black” arguments bound to happen whenever his name is brought up, there is a fan theory out there that lends credence to the possibility that he could play him. All you need is to think of “James Bond” as a code name, like Q and M, and ANYONE could play the character, when one retires the next takes it’s place:

    Connery’s Bond retired; after Lazenby’s wife died, he retired, bringing Connery back for another stint; Moore’s Bond retired; Dalton’s Bond resigned/was unable to come back after License to Kill; and Brosnan’s Bond retired too; leading to Craig’s Bond earning his 00 status at the beginning of Casino Royal.

  4. 1. I’d like to see an American play James Bond firs. I say this because so many American characters like superman, spiderman, batman etc go to brits when they should go to Americans. It would be nice to see the UK return the favor for once.

    2. Obama’s presidency proved that the world wasn’t ready for a black president. By the time the world will be ready for a black James Bond, James Bond will no longer be popular, everyone alive today would have been long dead, and the USA and UK probably won’t even be in existence by that time. Yes, I’m saying, with the way things are, it’ll take on the low end, at least 100 more years to get to a point where you could have a black James Bond.

  5. Lmao kayla I’m afraid those Brits are just better actors ,bond will always be played by a Brit don’t u worry about that.

  6. Come On Man!
    I have no problem with some of the GREAT black actors. But to take an Iconic character like James Bond and use event the greatest black actor is wrong. The same applied to James West, LOVE Will Smith but the movie was good action, good acting and a little funny, however James West was white.
    Ok maybe Denzel Washington or Sidney Poitier would have made a great Black James Bond.
    Nope, sorry I just cannot get my eyes around it.

  7. Idris Elba for Bond campaign