James Bond contender Idris Elba suits up to attend No Time To Die after-party with wife Sabrina

He is amongst bookmakers’ favourites to become the next 007.

And Idris Elba, 49, suited up to attend the No Time To Die after-party at Annabel’s in London‘s Mayfair, on Tuesday, with his wife Sabrina, 32. 

The Luther actor looked dapper in his sleek blue three-piece while his wife paraded her jaw-dropping curves in a sheer frock. 

Idris a hint? Idris Elba, 49, suited up to attend the No Time To Die after-party at Annabel's in London's Mayfair, on Tuesday, with his wife Sabrina, 32

Idris a hint? Idris Elba, 49, suited up to attend the No Time To Die after-party at Annabel's in London's Mayfair, on Tuesday, with his wife Sabrina, 32

Idris a hint? Idris Elba, 49, suited up to attend the No Time To Die after-party at Annabel’s in London’s Mayfair, on Tuesday, with his wife Sabrina, 32

Idris oozed confidence in his suit, which he wore with a crisp white shirt and dark tie while stepping out in smart black shoes.  

Sabrina showed off her peachy derriere in the see-through dress, while boosting her height with a barely-there pair of black stilettos.

Her sheer midi length gown boasted a ruched centre and tie-front detailing, and she wore a skimpy black corset-style body beneath. 

The model completed her sexy look with tumbling curls, glamorous make-up and a fresh white pedicure. 

Power couple: The Luther actor looked dapper in his sleek blue three-piece while his wife paraded her jaw-dropping curves in a sheer frock

Power couple: The Luther actor looked dapper in his sleek blue three-piece while his wife paraded her jaw-dropping curves in a sheer frock

Power couple: The Luther actor looked dapper in his sleek blue three-piece while his wife paraded her jaw-dropping curves in a sheer frock

Sexy: Sabrina's sheer midi length gown boasted a ruched centre and tie-front detailing, and she wore a skimpy black corset-style body beneath

Sexy: Sabrina's sheer midi length gown boasted a ruched centre and tie-front detailing, and she wore a skimpy black corset-style body beneath

Sexy: Sabrina’s sheer midi length gown boasted a ruched centre and tie-front detailing, and she wore a skimpy black corset-style body beneath

William Hill place Idris at 8/1 to become the next James Bond.

He previously won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for his role as DCI John Luther in the BBC psychological crime drama of the same name.

Idris has also starred in the crime drama series The Wire, sci-fi movie Pacific Rim and 2021 supervillain film The Suicide Squad.

Venom star Tom Hardy, 44, Bridgerton actor Rege-Jean Page, 31, and Grantchester’s James Norton, 36, are also considered to be among the contenders to be the next James Bond. 

Leading man material: Idris oozed confidence in his suit, which he wore with a crisp white shirt and dark tie while stepping out in smart black shoes

Leading man material: Idris oozed confidence in his suit, which he wore with a crisp white shirt and dark tie while stepping out in smart black shoes

Leading man material: Idris oozed confidence in his suit, which he wore with a crisp white shirt and dark tie while stepping out in smart black shoes

Confident: The Luther actor looked dapper in his sleek blue three-piece

Confident: The Luther actor looked dapper in his sleek blue three-piece

Stylish: His wife paraded her jaw-dropping curves in a sheer frock

Stylish: His wife paraded her jaw-dropping curves in a sheer frock

Confident: The Luther actor looked dapper in his sleek blue three-piece while his wife paraded her jaw-dropping curves in a sheer frock

Glam: The model completed her sexy look with tumbling curls and glamorous make-up

Glam: The model completed her sexy look with tumbling curls and glamorous make-up

Glam: The model completed her sexy look with tumbling curls and glamorous make-up

Tom has been named bookmaker William Hill’s favourite to play the British spy with odds of 5/2. 

The British actor has also starred in a host of Hollywood blockbusters directed by Christopher Nolan including Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk. 

Rege-Jean is now being eyed up for the role of 007, coming in at joint second favourite at William Hill, which is offering up odds of 3-1.

The actor told The Mirror earlier this year: ‘Ah, the B word. I think if you are British and do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.

‘That’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed. The concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. I’ve given up making them.’

WHO ARE THE NEXT JAMES BOND FRONTRUNNERS? 

TOM HARDY (5/2)

Tom Hardy, 43, is the lead choice to be the next Bond at 5/2.

The Hammersmith-born actor has starred in such films as Star Trek: Nemesis, Warrior, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Legend, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, and Venom.

‘Tom Hardy has been our favourite for sometime and he remains the obvious choice for a like-for-like Daniel Craig replacement,’ said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. 

 

REGÉ-JEAN PAGE (3/1) 

Bridgerton’s dashing Duke of Hastings, Regé-Jean Page, 31, has long been the internet’s choice to land the role amid news that he will star alongside Bond girl Ana de Armas in the Gray Man. 

This, as well as the news that Regé will feature in Dungeons and Dragons alongside Chris Pine and Hugh Grant, show demand is high for the leading man’s services. 

‘If they want to shake up the franchise then they could do a lot worse than Regé-Jean Page and that is where my money is going,’ said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. 

 

JAMES NORTON (3/1)

Regé is joint second favourite at 3/1, alongside James Norton, 36, whose Hollywood credentials have continued to grow.

From Grantchester to Happy Valley, his CV is strong, and the Brit really raised the stakes with his turn as Alex Goodman in crime drama McMafia.

The actor was also nominated for a Bafta award for his role in Happy Valley in 2015. 

 

LUKE EVANS (6/1)

Welsh actor Luke Evans, 42, who has made no bones about his willingness to take up the coveted role, continues to attract interest at 6/1.

He performed in many of London’s West End productions such as Rent and Miss Saigon before making his film breakthrough in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake 

Since then he has starred in Fast And The Furious, The Girl On The Train, Beauty and The Beast and Midway.

 

IDRIS ELBA (8/1)

Sitting at firth place is London-born Luther star Idris Elba, 49, with odds of 8/1.

He previously won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for his role as DCI John Luther in the BBC psychological crime drama of the same name.

Idris has also starred in the crime drama series The Wire, sci-fi movie Pacific Rim and 2021 supervillain film The Suicide Squad.

 

HENRY CAVILL (8/1)

Also completing the top five with Idris is Superman star Henry Cavill, 38, with 8/1.

He is known for his portrayal of Charles Brandon in Showtime’s The Tudors, and DC Comics character Superman in the DC Extended Universe.

Henry also starred as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, as well as Sherlock Holmes in the Netflix film Enola Holmes. 

 

SURANNE JONES (11/2)

William Hill is offering odds of 11/2 for a female James Bond in the next movie, with star of BBC underwater thriller Vigil Suranne Jones at 9/1.

 

LASHANA LYNCH (10/1)

007 Lashana Lynch has odds of 10/1 to lead a female fronted spy thriller.

 

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Venom star: Tom Hardy has been named bookmaker William Hill's favourite to play the British spy with odds of 5/2

Venom star: Tom Hardy has been named bookmaker William Hill's favourite to play the British spy with odds of 5/2

Venom star: Tom Hardy has been named bookmaker William Hill’s favourite to play the British spy with odds of 5/2

Bridgerton actor: Rege-Jean Page, 31, is now being eyed up for the role of 007, coming in at joint second favourite at William Hill, which is offering up odds of 3-1

Bridgerton actor: Rege-Jean Page, 31, is now being eyed up for the role of 007, coming in at joint second favourite at William Hill, which is offering up odds of 3-1

Bridgerton actor: Rege-Jean Page, 31, is now being eyed up for the role of 007, coming in at joint second favourite at William Hill, which is offering up odds of 3-1

James is the second star to be placed at 3-1 odds. He stars in the crime drama McMafia as Alex Godman, the son of a Russian mafia boss living in London.

The actor was also nominated for a Bafta award for his role in Happy Valley in 2015.

When previously asked his thoughts on being linked to the Bond role, Norton told The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine in 2020: ‘It’s crazy. It’s not real. It’s speculative. There is no truth behind it. Unless journalists know something more than I do. 

‘It’s bizarre and quite flattering to be even considered in that world, but beyond that? Pure speculation.’

Could it be? James Norton has been rumoured as a potential Bond successor

Could it be? James Norton has been rumoured as a potential Bond successor

Could it be? James Norton has been rumoured as a potential Bond successor

Scottish Sam Heughan, 41, was more enthusiastic at the prospect of taking on the beacon of the classic role, admitting he would ‘jump’ at the chance.

Heughan previously starred as special forces operator Tom Buckingham in SAS: Red Notice, an adaptation of former SAS soldier Andy McNab’s novel of the same name.

In an interview with the PA news agency earlier this year, he said: ‘I don’t know if there is a conversation being had apart from in the media, but I think it’s an incredible franchise and a great character, so of course I would jump at it.

‘But I feel like Tom Buckingham is equally as interesting and, who knows, maybe this could be the new franchise.’ 

'It's an honour to even be in the conversation!' Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding has prompted Bond rumours [pictured in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins]

'It's an honour to even be in the conversation!' Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding has prompted Bond rumours [pictured in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins]

‘It’s an honour to even be in the conversation!’ Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding has prompted Bond rumours [pictured in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins]

Henry Golding, 34, has previously suggested it was his sharp-suited role as Nick Young in the hit 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians that had prompted the Bond rumours.

The Malaysian-British actor told Attitude magazine in 2020: ‘It was definitely from Crazy Rich, maybe (the scene with) the white suit coming out of the park.

‘(And) because I’m Asian and everybody’s fighting for a diverse Bond – sorry, white guys. I don’t know. It’s an honour to even be in the conversation. It’s one of the greatest film roles ever, you’d be stupid to be like, ‘I don’t want to do that.’

‘Isn’t it great that people are like, ‘OK, now’s the time, why the hell can’t we have a black Bond, an Asian Bond, a mixed-race Bond, a non-distinct Bond?’

No Time To Die is released in UK cinemas on September 30.  

No time to say goodbye! Daniel Craig is credited for his ‘extravagantly satisfying’ (and unapologetically woke) Bond swansong… as ‘slick, stylish and emotional’ No Time To Die wins five star reviews

After an 18-month Covid-induced delay the premiere for No Time To DieDaniel Craig‘s final outing as James Bond – took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, with Craig stepping out alongside co-stars including Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas to introduce critics and stars alike to the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed blockbuster.

The Daily Mail’s Brian Viner gave Bond’s ‘daring, tense and explosive’ 25th outing four stars, writing that ‘the thunderous ovation that rocked the venue as the end credits rolled was not misplaced’.

Teasing an ending that ‘no one saw coming’, Viner hailed No Time To Die as ‘a triumph’, gushing: ‘[No Time To Die is] an explosive, tense, daring, and most of all surprising adventure, toying with our preconceptions about the world’s greatest secret agent and exploring his personal life more intimately than ever before.’

Finally here: After an 18-month Covid-induced delay the premiere for No Time To Die - Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond - took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday

Finally here: After an 18-month Covid-induced delay the premiere for No Time To Die - Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond - took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday

Finally here: After an 18-month Covid-induced delay the premiere for No Time To Die – Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond – took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday

Four stars: The Daily Mail's Brian Viner gave Bond's 'daring, tense and explosive' 25th outing four stars

Four stars: The Daily Mail's Brian Viner gave Bond's 'daring, tense and explosive' 25th outing four stars

Four stars: The Daily Mail’s Brian Viner gave Bond’s ‘daring, tense and explosive’ 25th outing four stars

Addressing the film’s 163 minutes run-time, Viner assured readers that ‘the breathless pace rarely slackens’.

Touching upon the fact that Craig’s fifth and final outing as Bong was filmed in a post Time’s Up era, Viner notes: ‘Is there now a danger of the character tilting too far away from the callous ladykiller of yesteryear, becoming 00-woke? 

‘Yes, there is. However, not least of the achievements of this exciting movie is that it feels progressive, while staying faithful to the spirit of Bond.’   

Viner concluded: ‘This is a serious film, and it will leave you seriously blown away.’

Leading man: Daniel, 53, oozed sophistication ahead of his final outing as James Bond when he walked No Time To Die's world premiere red carpet on Tuesday

Leading man: Daniel, 53, oozed sophistication ahead of his final outing as James Bond when he walked No Time To Die's world premiere red carpet on Tuesday

Leading man: Daniel, 53, oozed sophistication ahead of his final outing as James Bond when he walked No Time To Die’s world premiere red carpet on Tuesday 

Other critics were equally roused by Craig’s final performance as Bond, with The Guardian awarding the blockbuster five stars and critic Peter Bradshaw hailing the film as ‘startling, exotically self-aware, funny and confident’.

Empire offered an impressive four stars, branding No Time To Die an ‘exciting entry’ into the 007 universe and urging viewers to ‘raise a martini’ because ‘it was worth the wait’.

Four more stars came from the Evening Standard while The Times offered up five thanks to Craig’s ‘extravagantly satisfying’ final portrayal of Bond.

The Sun urged viewers to ‘buckle up’ in its four star review while the BBC also allocated the movie five stars, noting: ‘No Time To Die rounds off the Craig era with tremendous ambition and aplomb.’

However The Independent’s Clarisse Loughrey was less content when the credits rolled, branding Craig’s ‘last hoorah’ as ‘disappointing and strangely anti-climactic’ before mustering up just three stars.

Digital Spy was another publication to award the flick four stars.  

Ahead of the screening Craig chatted away to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Also at the star-studded premiere were Billie Eilish, Rami Malek, screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Naomie Harris.

It has been a long road to Tuesday night’s premiere after the film’s release was delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was pushed back to November before the release was changed once again to April 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dazzling: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also in attendance at No Time To Die's World premiere

Dazzling: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also in attendance at No Time To Die's World premiere

Dazzling: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also in attendance at No Time To Die’s World premiere 

Looking good! The Duchess of Cambridge appeared just as impressed with Daniel's pink suit as he was with her show-stopping gown

Looking good! The Duchess of Cambridge appeared just as impressed with Daniel's pink suit as he was with her show-stopping gown

Looking good! The Duchess of Cambridge appeared just as impressed with Daniel’s pink suit as he was with her show-stopping gown

The release date was finally settled for September 30 in the UK followed by October 8 in the US.

Ahead of the release, Daniel and some of his fellow star cast members joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky to talk about the movie.

Daniel, who has appeared in five Bond films over 15 years, told Chris: ‘After the last one, I thought that was it. I thought, ‘I can’t do any more of these’. 

‘I got a bit of a rest and we kind of talked about what we wanted to do with this last movie and how big we wanted to go, and it felt right, and I just got really excited about it, and I can’t wait for people to see it.

Team Bond: Finneas O'Connell, Billie Eilish, Rami Malek, screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris all posed on the carpet together

Team Bond: Finneas O'Connell, Billie Eilish, Rami Malek, screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris all posed on the carpet together

Team Bond: Finneas O’Connell, Billie Eilish, Rami Malek, screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris all posed on the carpet together

‘I saw a rough cut of it about a month after we finished, which is really rough, because there’s no special effects or anything. When you see that version of it, you just hope and pray that it makes sense, and it did. 

‘Once you get the effects, and you get the music, Hans Zimmer’s done the music, and it’s just incredible. The story holds together.’

‘Everyone is just turning in brilliant performances, and I think it’s quite special.’

Speaking about the enforced delay to the film’s release due to the pandemic, the actor said: ‘It’s odd enough with a movie, when you’ve finished it, and you put it out and you kind of go, ‘Woah, I hope it’s good.’ 

Close bond: Naomi Harris and Lashana Lynch shared a joke at the star-studded event ahead of the much-anticipated screening

Close bond: Naomi Harris and Lashana Lynch shared a joke at the star-studded event ahead of the much-anticipated screening

Close bond: Naomi Harris and Lashana Lynch shared a joke at the star-studded event ahead of the much-anticipated screening 

‘But when there is a two-year gap between finishing it and putting it out, it just makes things even stranger.’ 

On where he was when he first found out he had got the role of Bond: ‘I was in Baltimore doing a movie. And I was in Whole Foods, doing my weekly shop, wandering around with a trolley with food in it, and (producer) Barbara Broccoli was on the phone, and she just went, ‘Over to you kiddo.’ 

‘So I got my trolley and I pushed it quietly down an aisle, walked into the booze section and bought a bottle of vodka and a bottle of vermouth, a glass and a shaker, took it home and drank it, and then went out and sat in a bar and drank about three more vodka martinis.

‘It’s really sad, actually, when you think about it. But, I must have had a sort of look on my face, because the barman kept asking me what was going on, and I said, ‘I can’t tell you!’ 

Release: The release date was finally settled for September 30 in the UK followed by October 8 in the US

Release: The release date was finally settled for September 30 in the UK followed by October 8 in the US

Release: The release date was finally settled for September 30 in the UK followed by October 8 in the US  

Daniel recently addressed the outdated James Bond plotlines of past films in the franchise – such as the idea of glamorous disposable so-called Bond girls.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, he said of the spy series – which sees latest movie No Time To Die released this week – that ‘you’ve got to adapt’ with the times.

‘Certainly a lot of what went on in the earlier movies is sort of questionable now… different times, but we didn’t want to lose the essence [in the new film]. It’s still a Bond movie.

‘I’ve been given free range to put my influence on it, but I’ve never forgotten that. We can have all key elements and things people have loved over the years, but you adapt. 

On the franchise, Daniel said: 'Certainly a lot of what went on in the earlier movies is sort of questionable now... different times, but we didn't want to lose the essence [in the new film]. It's still a Bond movie'

On the franchise, Daniel said: 'Certainly a lot of what went on in the earlier movies is sort of questionable now... different times, but we didn't want to lose the essence [in the new film]. It's still a Bond movie'

On the franchise, Daniel said: ‘Certainly a lot of what went on in the earlier movies is sort of questionable now… different times, but we didn’t want to lose the essence [in the new film]. It’s still a Bond movie’

‘One of my biggest things is all the characters, especially the women, have to be brilliant and believable.’

Daniel also told Lorraine about becoming overcome with emotion when he shot his final scene as Bond.

‘Everybody turned up – all the heads of department came down, and I thought ‘Oh God, I have to make a speech, this is my worst nightmare.’ It all just came out, I tried to keep it together.

‘All of those people I go to work with every day, particularly on this movie, the collective effort was so huge and meant so much to me that everyone put that hard work in – that’s what I’ll miss so much.’

Changes: The movie was previously supposed to come out on April 2, however its original release was supposed to be in April 2020 (pictured Daniel Craig)

Changes: The movie was previously supposed to come out on April 2, however its original release was supposed to be in April 2020 (pictured Daniel Craig)

Changes: The movie was previously supposed to come out on April 2, however its original release was supposed to be in April 2020 (pictured Daniel Craig)

No Time To Die is the 25th film in the franchise, and finds Bond after he has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, from the CIA turns up asking for help.

Leaving his seemingly happy life with Madeleine (Lea Seydoux), Bond returns to the field to face Safin (Rami Malek) who is armed with a new dangerous technology that could impact the world.

Producer Barbara Broccoli has already teased what fans can expect and said that the movie will deliver a satisfying ending for Daniel’s Bond.

Speaking on the official James Bond podcast, she said: ‘It’s a culmination of everything that his portrayal of the character has been through and it ties up all the storylines. It’s a pretty epic film, I have to say.’

Daniel took over the role of Bond from Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale in 2006 and went onto appear in Quantum of Solace in 2008, Skyfall in 2012 and Spectre in 2015.

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