James Bond status opened in 2021 after Daniel Craig’s explosive swan song no time to dieThe Internet is abuzz with intense speculation as to who should get a murder license.
One name that has been talked about by both fans and the film media is Daniel Kaluuya. British actor, who earned an Oscar for his fiery role as Fred Hampton Judas and the Black MessiahJordan Peele has been mentioned as a possible 007 since at least 2018 after his breakout performance in the social horror sensation go.
But in a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the 33-year-old Brit tells us he has no interest in becoming the seventh James Bond.
Kalua says “I’ll do a villain” while promoting his latest collaboration with UFO thriller Peele NoWhere he was joined by co-star Keke Palmer.
The actor, who was shocked to learn that he has been a longtime fan in the part, shrugs off the idea of Craig taking over. “Mmm,” he simply muses at first.
“I don’t think I want to see my version of James Bond. That’s me. He’s just me, I go, ‘I don’t want to see that.’ But I want to see a villain. I will do that. I think it will be fun.”
Palmer, however, appeared all for it.
“I’m very ready for this,” she says. “He is such a unique actor that if he did 007, he would have come up with such a unique one” [approach], That’s why I’d like to see it, because [he] Will bring something so fresh in it. But I also want you to play the role of the villain.”
Although Bond has always been played by white people, there has been a vocal group of fans who have been petitioning for a Black actor to play the role, most notably Kaluuya’s fellow London native Idris Elba. Elba has been raising questions about the possibility for more than a decade, and has been in the midst of genuine interest and genuine skepticism during that time period. In January, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said that Elba is “part of the conversation” as the franchise’s gatekeepers discover their new tux-sporting, martini-sipping superspy. Broccoli has also stated that the next Bond could be “any ethnicity”, although should be British.
While fans of Kalua may be disappointed to hear that he won’t be throwing his hat in the ring any time soon, the actor is content to have his own collection to follow.
“I’m chilling, man,” he says. “I’m chilling in this ring. I’m keeping everything going in this ring that I’m in.”
No Opens July 22.
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