This one’s a no-brainer: When Idris Elba talks, we listen. The alluring British actor/singer sat down with NPR as part of their “Morning Edition” on Wednesday to talk about his hit show Luther, and teased us with idea of becoming the next 007.
Returning for its 2nd season last night, Elba shed a little light on his lead character, Luther, whose issues with rage put him a step closer to identifying the criminals he pursues. “The difference between someone with a conscience and someone [without], is that one person will say, ‘You know what? No, I’m not going to go over to that person and smash them in the face.’ But the other person is quite close to that decision without any remorse and just will do it. And I think Luther is close to that mark all the time.”
Elba draws a comparison to his newest role to that of his character on the acclaimed series, The Wire. “Stringer Bell was a smart drug dealer, in my opinion. He’s black, but that’s not the point. The point is, this is a man caught between two worlds. That complex sort of balance that he’s in is what made the drama.” The rugged performer added that he didn’t come to the USA “to play black roles. I just came to play roles.”
Big Driis took time to address hearsay on being cast as classic British icon James Bond “It’s a rumor. It’s a very old rumor. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I ‘m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”
But, Elba continues, “if Sony decided to call me and said hey, we wanted to do [James Bond], I’d definitely consider it.” When asked if he’s consider it enough to take a cab to Sony studios to discuss details, Elba jokes, “I’d not only get in the cab,” he says, “but I’d take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage. The taxi, jump out while it was moving, jump onto a pedal bike that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get onto a plane — on the wing — land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office.”
Check out all-new episodes of Luther on BBC America every Wednesday at 10, EST.