Idris Elba claims to be James Bond again after secret investigations of movie bosses

Idris Elba is back in the running for the role of James Bond and is in new talks to take on the lead role.

The popular London star turned down Daniel Craig’s replacement and instead discussed the prospect of playing the villain in the next film.

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Idris Elba is back in the running for the role of James Bond and is in new talks to take on the lead role.1 credit

But I can report that he is now considered the next 007 after he scored high in market research tests.

A source said: “Idris has been in talks for a long time to play a role in the next era of the James Bond story and was considered last year to play the antagonist.

“However, talk of him playing the lead role has resurfaced as the producers realized how popular he would become after doing covert market research.

“He ranked highly among the diverse group of film lovers invited to participate in it.

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“They didn’t want to see him as retribution – they want him to be a hero.”

Daniel left after his fifth appearance as the world-famous spy in last year’s No Time To Die.

In January, producer Barbara Broccoli admitted that Idris was considering taking on the role.

She said then: “We know Idris, I am friends with him. He is a great actor.

“You know, he was part of the conversation, but it’s always hard to have a conversation when you have someone in the chair.”

In 2019, Idris said of the prospectus, “James Bond is a highly desirable, iconic, beloved character who takes viewers on this massive escapist journey.

“Of course, if someone said to me: “Do you want to play James Bond?”, I would say: “Yes!” ”

LUTHER FILM

Former Bridgerton hunk Reg-Jean Page is currently the 5/2 favorite for this much-requested role, according to bookmakers Coral.

He is followed by Henry Cavill at 4/1, Aidan Turner at 8/1, Tom Hardy at 6/1 and Idris at 12/1.

The actor, who has starred in The Wire and Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, recently finished filming a feature-length film for his crime drama Luther in the UK.

His next project is expected to be Apple’s thriller series The Hijack, about a plane hijacked on a flight to London, which he will film and star in.

He’s already busy, like James Bond himself.

HAZ’S VICTORY

HARRY STYLES kicked off the European leg of their Love On Tour shows at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium on Saturday night with a big smile on their face before headlining yesterday’s event.

But by Friday, the singer may not be as radiant as it looks like Kate Bush will oust him from number one on the charts.

Harry Styles kicked off the European leg of his Love On Tour shows at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow with a big smile on his face on Saturday night.

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Harry Styles kicked off the European leg of his Love On Tour shows at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow with a big smile on his face on Saturday night.1 credit

His single As It Was held the number one spot for ten weeks, but now Kate’s 1985 hit Running Up That Hill has overtaken it in a mid-week chart update.

The song, which originally peaked at No. 2, jumped to No. 2 on Friday after appearing on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

If it hit No. 1 on Friday, it would only be her second on the charts behind her 1978 debut Wuthering Heights.

WILD HORSES WON’T STOP RON

The artist, Ronnie Wood’s daughter Lea, said touring helps her father focus after he battled cancer twice in five years.

The Rolling Stones legend was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive small cell cancer during lockdown in 2020 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.

Ronnie Wood's artist daughter Leah said touring helps her father focus after he battled cancer twice in five years.

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Ronnie Wood’s artist daughter Leah said touring helps her father focus after he battled cancer twice in five years.1 credit

However, the musician received permission and has since embarked on the Stones’ European tour, which kicked off on June 1 at the Atletico Madrid Wanda Metropolitano stadium – the day of Ronnie’s 75th birthday.

Model Leah, Ron’s eldest daughter with ex-wife Jo Wood, said her father isn’t going to give up anytime soon.

Speaking at her ‘One Planet, One Chance’ exhibition in Mayfair on Thursday, Leah said: “Well, that’s what he loves – so if it keeps him young, he’ll just keep doing it.

“It’s like you love to draw, draw, or go for a walk.”

Ronnie has been sober for over a decade and previously blamed his lung cancer diagnosis on smoking “25 to 30 cigarettes a day for 50+ years” before quitting the habit in 2016.

MAID DUA FOR BARBIE

There are some concerns about Dua Lipa’s role in the upcoming Barbie movie – she will play a sexy mermaid.

I can report that the Levitating singer has spent the last week secretly filming scenes for a big budget film in London during a break from her world tour.

Dua Lipa to play sexy mermaid in upcoming Barbie movie

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Dua Lipa to play sexy mermaid in upcoming Barbie movie1 credit

But what’s even more surprising than her role in the movie is her character’s love interest, WWE wrestler John Cena.

I found out that he will play the merman opposite her, despite the fact that he is 19 years older than her.

A source said, “Dua was in London filming a Barbie movie and really got into it.

“She plays a beautiful mermaid and enjoys the role and makes it her own.

“After that, a lot of special effects will be added to make her character look as good as possible on screen, so it was a bit weird to shoot it.

“But so far everything has been going really well and there aren’t many scenes left to shoot.”

Last month, I revealed for the first time how Dua landed a role in a film slated for release next year.

Apart from her, it has an all-star cast led by Margot Robbie as the main character.

The film will also feature Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, Sex Education star Emma McKee, Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan and the new Doctor Who, Nkuti Gatwa.

Viewers have yet to see Dua play outside of her music videos, but her first screen appearance will come later this year in the spy film Argyle, starring Henry Cavill and Bryan Cranston.

As it turned out, John Cena also starred in this film.

Dua has been touring with her Future Nostalgia Tour since February and returned to the stage in Barcelona on Friday when she performed at the Primavera Sound Festival.

She will have a few more shows later this month before she takes a two-month sabbatical ahead of the South American leg in September.

As one of the busiest women in pop music, she will no doubt have many more secret projects to keep herself occupied during her hiatus.


THEY have been around for 50 years, but CHIC’s music is still unbeatable in front of the crowd.

After two years of Covid, disco classics including “Everybody Dance”, “I Want Your Love” and “Good Times” proved to be the perfect way to get people back and singing along.

They are already 50 years old, but the music of CHIC is still invincible in front of the public.

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They are already 50 years old, but the music of CHIC is still invincible in front of the public.1 credit

On Saturday, musical genius Nile Rodgers was joined on stage by his longtime vocalist Kimberly Davis, who wowed with her incredible voice.

The set list included versions of Lost In Music, Material Girl, and Let’s Dance, which Neil helped create.

For the fourth year now, the Cambridge Club Festival invites the whole family to dance together.

With such a good headliner, it’s hard to beat.

AVA FOR PRIDE

AVA MAX will fly to the UK next month for their first headlining show as they lead the London Pride line-up.

The Sweet But Psycho singer will perform in Trafalgar Square on July 2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of London’s first ever Pride march in 1972.

Emeli Sande, Samantha Mumba and Eurovision 2018 winner Netta will also sing at the free event on the same day.

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In total, there will be four stages in central London, which will also feature several stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Elsewhere in the UK, Christina Aguilera will headline Brighton Pride and Mel C will headline Manchester Pride in August and Steps will headline Birmingham Pride in September.

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