Idris Elba has addressed the mounting speculation that he is set to become the first ever black actor to play the role of James Bond, denying that he has signed up to the spy movie franchise while also blasting the continued use of the phrase “Black Bond” which he says he “hates.”
The 43-year-old actor, who is currently promoting his latest Golden Globe-nominated film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, has been subjected to ongoing rumours that he will slip into Bond's tuxedo when Daniel Craig's current contract finishes after the next two installments.
Idris Elba has denied he'll be playing James Bond (WENN)
Despite the reported prospect at taking on the iconic role, Idris doesn't appear too keen and states that the claims are merely rumours.
Addressing the constant focus on the fact he would become the first black actor to play Bond if the rumours were true, Idris told Daybreak earlier: “I’ve always detested the phrase ‘Black Bond’, I just don’t understand it.
“We don’t say ‘White Bond’, we just say ‘Bond’ so it suddenly becomes a black man and he’s a ‘Black Bond’ so I hate that phrase and it’s a rumour that’s gotten out of control basically but that’s all it is. There’s no truth in it whatsoever.”
The Luther star also touched on his task of playing former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died last month, and reveals that he found a scene where the leader's son dies particularly challenging as it reminded him of his own daughter.
“That was one of the toughest scenes I’ve ever had to play... I was in South Africa millions of miles away from my own daughter and it just brought tears to my eyes knowing that if anything happened to my kid I wasn’t allowed to run back to my kid as soon as possible, that would be heartbreaking,” Idris explained.