Looks Like Idris Elba Won’t Be James Bond After All

Idris Elba has teased swapping Luther's big coat for 007's tuxedo after recent reports linked the star with taking over the iconic film role from Daniel Craig.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba", he tweeted, echoing the super spy's famous catchline, "The name is Bond, James Bond".

Elba, 45, made his name in gritty USA television drugs drama "The Wire" and won a Golden Globe for his role as a murder detective in "Luther", before moving to the big screen.

Elba's name has been doing the rounds for years as fans of the long-running franchise ponder whether producers will cast the first non-white actor in the role.

Fans have been calling for Elba to play Bond for years now, but it isn't looking promising at this point. Is he just feeling some old school hip hop this morning?

However, a spokesman for the alleged source of this quote, director Antoine Fuqua, told the Hollywood Reporter that he and Broccoli had never discussed Bond or casting.

"When Sean Connery stepped into the scene he was a rough old dude".

Elba has always been rumoured to be in the running to take over the role of 007. "Who wants to do that?"

Others in the mix including Tom Hardy (known for playing Bane in the Dark Knight Rises and a host of other action roles), James Norton (known for British TV series Happy Valley and Grantchester), and Sam Heughan (the Scottish actor who starred as Jamie in TV drama Outlander).

  • Kyle Peterson