‘My answer to Bond’: Idris Elb

Idris Elba. Image via Twitter @IGN

‘My answer to Bond’: Idris Elba says ‘Luther’ movie is his big role

‘Luther is my big character that lives in the same space as the Bournes and Bonds in the world,’ said veteran actor Idris Elba about his new movie.

‘My answer to Bond’: Idris Elb

Idris Elba. Image via Twitter @IGN

Idris Elba decided to bring Luther to the big screen in response to speculation that he could be the next James Bond.

The 49-year-old actor will reprise the role of DCI John Luther in a Netflix film based on the hit BBC detective drama and admits that talk linking him as Daniel Craig’s replacement as 007 inspired him to make a movie where he takes centre stage.

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Idris Elba explained:

“The writer, Neil Cross, and I had this ambition about four years ago and it really came from those Bond rumours, with everyone wanting to see me in a film in the central position like that.”

“That’s where Neil and I sat down and looked at Luther and thought, ‘That could be a sick film if we could make that happen.'”

The Harder They Fall star also explained that he has to get back in the gym to bulk up for the part, with filming set to begin next month.


Idris told the Spotify podcast Who We Be TALKS:

“I’m training for it at the moment and start work on it on 1 November.”

The star previously suggested that he could take Luther abroad for his big-screen bow, which will also feature Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis.

The Suicide Squad actor explained:

Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the 90s like Seven and Along Came A Spider. I think what we’d like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it. It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther.”

“Essentially we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well.”

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