Idris Elba Squashes The Idea That He’s The Next James Bond

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Idris Elba once again shut down the rumor that he’s going to play James Bond after Daniel Craig exits the series.

The actor was asked by a “Good Morning Britain” reporter on Wednesday if he would be the next 007, and he simply replied, “No,” with a laugh.

He mentioned that he also likes his martinis “stir-fried” as opposed to Bond’s preference for shaken, not stirred.

Rumors circulated earlier this month that Elba was being thought of for the role. The U.K. publication the Daily Star reported that director Antoine Fuqua spoke with Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli, who said she thought it was time for a black actor to star in the franchise.

A representative for Fuqua later denied the conversation ever happened.

“He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting,” the rep told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s all made up stuff. Not sure how it got started.”

Elba later shut down the rumor by tweeting out, “Don’t believe the HYPE.”

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