Downton, playing on Cradley boyish handsomeness and his passionate affair with the stand-offish Lady Mary, has made him a star, both in the UK and America. In fact, he made the decision in February before he even started filming the third series.
Elba may not be playing Bond right now and he may not ever play the character, periodbut that doesn't mean he can't have some fun with the rumors. He laughs a lot while he talks, and makes rather good jokes.
But he also uses this charm to deflect questions. When he is talking about books or theatre, there is no stopping him. Everybody owned their storyline. But while Elba might not be appearing in a James Bond movie any time soon, there is another Golden Globes attendee who might. But he was neither a household name, nor a heartthrob.
He has sideburns and an American accent and when he walks on stage, there is the strange frisson of seeing him play someone who is not Matthew Crawley — and convey the ambiguities of a darker character very well. And I think a moment like this is quite unique and presents those opportunities more than ever before.
This may have had some effect on his choice. Not to take them too seriously.
But it felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment. So there is a strange sense of liberation at the same time as great sadness because I am very, very fond of the show and always will be. After the Christmas special yesterday, the entire world knows that honourable, handsome, happy Matthew Crawley has died at the wheel of his car, reducing a nation to tears of dismay and disbelief. The actor eventually had a change of heart about the franchise, though.
But he knows fans want him to step into the iconic role, so he decided to have a bit of fun about it at the Golden Globes with the help from the current James Bond himself.
From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things. But his literary aspirations, his desire to be more than just another TV sensation, meant that though his fans wanted him to stay, they knew that he would probably choose to go. I think from what I have seen, series three has been a lot stronger. It had a tongue in cheek element which set it apart.
When asked if he'd be "the next ," Elba had a one-word answer: plwy. When he walks on stage in New York, he commands a round of applause just as great as that of his movie-making co-stars. Morris Townsend is a little bit different, and that for me is good enough.
The Booker judging, in particular, allowed the bright boy who sailed out of Croydon via public school and Cambridge to fulfil his intellectual ambitions. As Vox pointed out in Augustthe discussion about Elba playing Bond has gone on for more than a decade now.
It is the essential things like that I equate with happiness. We have been living together for three years and have been on the most amazing journey.
Stevens is Morris Townsend, who may or may not be a fortune hunter. Fans often talk about wanting the Luther star to become a part of the franchise, despite the fact that there's never been any actual evidence snd it's going to happen. In AugustCraig confirmed he'd play Bond againin the upcoming Bond Whatever happens with the Bond franchise in the future, it looks like Ctawley and Elba are on perfectly fine terms with each other.
I think there were some justifiable criticisms of series two and its pace. There aren't much details about the movie yet.
Anything could happen and generally did. It has been so bizarre, and only those who have been through it can understand it.
At the time of our interview last month, there was a lot of speculation, but no actual confirmation. It had a freedom about it because it was coming out of the head of Julian Fellowes. Crawlye it is good, theatre takes a lot of beating both to watch and perform.