The actor calls his being earmarked for 007 ‘the wildest rumour in the world’ and says he has not been in touch with Sony Pictures
The actor Idris Elba has again downplayed his chances of donning the tuxedo of British super-spy James Bond.
Speaking to the TV show Good Morning America, Elba, 43, cited his age as the key reason he felt he wasn’t a contender. “I think I’m too old for that – running around in cars and ladies and martinis,” he said.
“Who wants to do that?” Elba continued with a smile. “Sounds terrible.”
The actor said he’d had no discussions with Sony Pictures about taking over the role from Daniel Craig, who has not officially retired as Bond, but had been struck by the level of public support. “[It’s] the wildest rumour in the world,” said Elba. “I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation, because there hasn’t been any talks between me and the studio about any of that. But everywhere I go people want that to happen.”
Elba’s chief competition is still reckoned to be fellow Brit Tom Hiddleston, with TV graduates Aidan Turner and James Norton also tipped for the role. All are about a decade younger than Elba.
The average age of an actor making their debut as Bond is just over 40 years old. David Niven was 57 when he made his one and only appearance in the role in 1967’s Casino Royale; Roger Moore was that age for his last Bond outing in 1985’s A View to a Kill.
This article was amended on 22 July 2016. The original got Bond wrong by confusing Sean Connery with Roger Moore. This has been corrected.
BBC enjoys 22 different nominations including nods for Luther, Sherlock, and War and Peace
The BBC’s slick adaptation of John le Carré’s thriller The Night Manager has swept the Emmys, earning Tom Hiddleston his first nomination for his portrayal of the ruthless Jonathan Pine.
The six-part series, adapted by David Farr and brought into the world of modern warfare, was showered with 12 nominations, including best limited series. Hiddleston picked up a nomination for best actor in a limited series, pitting him against fellow Brits Idris Elba for Luther and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.
To prepare for the role, Hiddleston, 34, spent his nights shadowing the night manager of the five-star Rosewood Hotel in London. Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman picked up supporting actor nominations for their roles as heartless arms dealer Richard Roper and incorruptible intelligence agent Angela Burr who pursues him relentlessly.
The show’s Emmys success matches its critical reception; it was described by the Guardian as “the BBC’s glossiest, smartest, most indecently entertaining Sunday night drama in ages”.
The Emmy nominations proved an overall triumph for the BBC which received 22 different nominees. As well as The Night Manager, shows such as Luther, which has long been a favourite at the awards with eight previous nominations under its belt, Sherlock and War and Peace ensured that British television held its own at the esteemed American television awards.
The Sherlock Christmas special – The Abominable Bride – and Luther will go head to head in the outstanding television movie category.
ITV’s Downton Abbey, beloved by Brits and Americans, was granted a last hurrah for its final season, with 10 nominations including best drama and best supporting actress for Maggie Smith.
Overall, this year’s Emmy nominations proved that Game of Thrones still dominates the TV landscape, even after six series, picking up 23 nominations – just one short of the record 24 nominations it received last year.
Newer additions to the nominee roster this year included the gripping dramatisation of the OJ Simpson trial, The People v OJ Simpson which received 22 nominations. Cuba Gooding Jr, who played OJ, and Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark, are among the nominees from the series, which is the first since ER in 1995 to take more than 20 nominations in its first season.
After Viola Davis became the first black woman to win a best actress Emmy last year, and made a stirring speech about the lack of opportunity for black actors on television, this year’s nominations were a showcase for diversity. Three of the nominees for best actor – Courtney B Vance, Elba and Gooding Jr – are black; and Black-ish, a celebrated American sitcom about an African American family, received its first Emmy nomination. Overall, 18 actors from ethnic minorities received nominations across 16 acting categories.
Spy drama The Americans, which stars Welsh actor Matthew Rhys as a Russian spy living undercover in the US, picked up nominations in all the major categories including outstanding drama series, best actor for Rhys, best actress for Keri Russell and best writing for the final episode in the season.
Beyoncé, never one to be left out of any awards ceremony, picked up four nominations for her visual album Lemonade.
Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift are just the latest stars to use a wordy garment to have their say in public
The very public romance between singer Taylor Swift and actor Tom Hiddleston has been charted from their first meeting (awkwardly dancing at New York’s Met Gala last May), to an early beach date in June (long lensed, like a photo love story from a teen mag) and then, last week, Hiddleston wearing a “I ♥ TS” vest.
This spoon-fed narrative of Hiddleswift reached its ridiculous pinnacle in Hiddleston’s top – the words, just clear enough to be deciphered through the blurry snaps, declared to the world that this was the “next stage” of the couple’s relationship. In the age of the visually focused Instagram feed, the slogan or image-led garment has become the new press release.
“A slogan on a piece of clothing has instant impact on social media,” says Kay Barron, fashion features director at Porter magazine. “It becomes more relatable than another picture of a pretty dress. It’s the fashion equivalent of a dreadful inspirational quote that Instagram loves so much.”
A decade ago, with the rise of websites such as Perez Hilton, Just Jared and TMZ, the appetite for celebrity photographs increased. The link between publicists and photo agencies strengthened and clothes played a key role. “Forget ‘Frankie Say Relax’ – I lay the blame for celebs’ love affair with slogan tees directly at the feet of Paris and Nicky Hilton, who wore ‘Team Aniston’ and ‘Team Jolie’ outside LA boutique Kitson in 2005,” says Heat magazine news editor Issy Sampson.
Celebrities began to use this blurred private/public space to create a visual dialogue, whether it was wearing a slogan T-shirt, a baggy top to indicate a possible pregnancy, or being seen without a significant piece of jewellery (the celebrity missing wedding ring, a perennial tabloid story). It was perfect for websites: they could editorialise the pictures, creating a story around the garment.
“Before Twitter and Instagram, the best way to get your message out there without issuing a publicist-approved statement was to get caught by TMZ with a slogan T-shirt,” says Sampson.
As the online tabloids flourished, the sassily sloganed T-shirts of designer Henry Holland (who began his career on Sneak magazine, a teen version of Heat) gained popularity. Holland’s designs harked back to the tongue-in-cheek sensibility of Katharine Hamnett in the 80s and presaged the reflective, hall-of-mirrors world that Twitter and Instagram would create. In 2006, when designer Giles Deacon appeared at his London fashion week show in Holland’s black-and-white “UHU GARETH PUGH” shirt, it began a new age of sartorial commentary.
On the catwalk the slogan has never gone out of fashion. “Slogans on clothes have been used as a way of attracting attention and getting a point across (whether political or ironic) for years and years and years,” says Barron. “Recently it has been popular in menswear, mainly thanks to Christopher Shannon’s signature witty phrases or slogans, but that Vetements’ literal DHL T-shirt brought it into womenswear too, and now has become part of their repertoire.”
There seem to be three key types of celebrity T-shirt slogans. The first features an image of another celebrity and indicates a twinning with that person: Rihanna sporting a Princess Diana T-shirt, or model Jourdan Dunn casting herself as a supermodel with a top featuring the names Naomi, Kate, Cara, Jourdan. The second is the existential crisis top, such as Ben Affleck or Megan Fox signalling their marriage woes (“I give what I have. I make what I am” and “I need more space” respectively). The third, like Hiddleston’s shirt, indicates their relationship status, like the sartorial version of a Facebook update: Miley Cyrus wearing a T-shirt that sported Chris Hemsworth’s surname, or Kristen Stewart wearing Robert Pattinson’s “Irie” shirt, because a shared wardrobe means true love.
More recently, Rita Ora’s sheer bikini top featuring two lemon emojis fuelled speculation that she was the other woman in Jay Z’s life and part of the narrative of Beyoncé’s Lemonade album.
Back to Hiddleswift though, Sampson is sceptical. “If he really loved her, he’d be posting loved-up, carefully filtered selfies online – that’s how it works in 2016.”
Outgoing director’s remarks suggest Tom Hiddleston not a shoo-in for the part of 007
The actor chosen to play the next James Bond will be an unexpected candidate, the franchise’s outgoing director has said, suggesting favourite Tom Hiddleston may not land the 007 role.
The British film-maker Sam Mendes said the choice for the next star of the hugely successful franchise lies solely with producer Barbara Broccoli. He also confirmed he will not be returning to direct the next film, saying he is ready to work on something new, the Telegraph reported.
Speaking at the Hay festival, Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre, said: “I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters.”
He said he had loved the “incredible adventure” of working on Bond, but that he thought it was “time for somebody else to do a great job”.
Speculation is rife as to which actor will next step into the spy’s impeccably polished shoes to replace Daniel Craig 10 years after he first took the helm with Casino Royale. Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner, Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and most recently Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell have all been touted as possible 007s.
Bookmakers recently suspended betting on Hiddleston landing the gig, after the star of the BBC’s hit series The Night Manager was pictured meeting with executives linked to the Bond franchise.
Mendes said the director and lead role were likely to be unexpected. “I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect. That’s what she [Broccoli] has been brilliant at, and that’s how it’ll survive.”
JUST days after bookmakers stopped bets on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next James Bond, Daniel Craig has reportedly told studio bosses he is “done” playing 007.
The actor, who has played the secret agent since 2005, has allegedly earned a total of £38million for the four films he has starred in.
However, insiders now say the 48-year-old has turned down a £68million offer from MGM to return for two more films.
An unnamed LA source told the Daily Mail: “Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre.
“They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted.”
They continued: “He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal.”
However, another source told the publication that film executives agreed to let the actor leave after they grew tired of his criticism of the franchise.
Last year Daniel told interviewers he would “rather slash my wrists” than appear in another film.
Rumours of Daniel Craig departure
from the franchise come just days after it was reported bookmakers had suspended betting on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next 007.
Liam Glynn, a representative for Irish bookmakers BoyleSports, said in a press release: “Judging by the gamble on Tom Hiddleston we expect that it’s only a matter of days before he is announced as Daniel Craig’s replacement.”
Speculation that the Night Manager star could become the next Bond began after he appeared in the BBC drama.
Earlier this month, the 35-year-old denied he was in talks to play the spy when he appeared on The Graham Norton Show.
He told the host: “I promise, no one’s talked to me about it.”