A Meeting of the Bonds: Idris Elba Reveals His Funny Run-In With Daniel Craig

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A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Forget the Academy Awards: The honorary Oscars have become the event of the season for the industry's biggest talent and execs to meet and mingle. Spotted at the non-televised Governors Awards on Nov. 14 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom: a meeting of the current and perhaps-future James Bonds. 

Spectre star Daniel Craig ran into Idris Elba, who has long been mentioned in any Bond-replacement discussion, at the bar. "He came up to me, looked me in the eyes, grabbed my face and kissed me on the cheek," says Elba, who gave Craig a hard time for talking to the media about the Beasts of No Nation star playing 007. Elba says Craig laughed: "They asked me if you can play Bond. What am I going to say? No?"…

A new social butterfly burst onto the awards scene: Jacob Tremblay, the 9-year-old star of Room. He enjoyed lots of A-list attention; Amy Schumer helped him tie his shoes, and Johnny Depp adjusted his bow tie. Depp was also seen earlier in the night vaping in the non-smoking ballroom while Schumer spent some time chatting over drinks with Meryl Streep during a segment break.

Ava DuVernay's bright blue gown was a social-media discovery: It was made by Elvira Jude, a Nigerian designer that the Selma director met through Instagram. Hailing from the same side of the continent was the accent Wesley Snipes used to introduce honoree Spike Lee.

Fellow presenter Samuel L. Jackson told THR he didn't know that Snipes was planning that act. Will Smith (who pulls off a Nigerian accent in Sony's Concussion) was spotted in the audience laughing at the shtick.