Idris Elba has finally had enough of being asked about James Bond. And really, who can blame him?
For several years now, rumours have circulated that he might be in line to take over from Daniel Craig as 007, the question has come up constantly for the London-born actor.
Now, Elba tells the Telegraph, he doesn’t want to discuss the matter anymore.
Asked why, Elba explains, “Because it feels like I’m campaigning, and I’m not. At first it was harmless – oh, I know, wouldn’t it be great? – and now it’s started off racial debates.
“I’m probably the most famous Bond actor in the world, and I’ve not even played the role. Enough is enough. I can’t talk about it any more.”
Naomie Harris, who played Moneypenny in ‘Skyfall’ and ‘SPECTRE,’ has previously taken responsibility for the rumours, after suggesting in an interview that Elba - with whom she co-starred in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ -should be the next Bond.
However, Harris has since stated that Elba isn’t interested in taking the role, recently telling The Mirror, “He’s a busy man. Obviously he has a lot of people’s votes and is a great guy. I’ve said before I think he’d be great, but he’s said his piece.”
Speculation reached fever pitch during the 2014 Sony e-mail hack scandal, when it came to light that former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal was pushing for Elba to be cast as the next Bond.
Elba remains one of the bookie’s favourites to take over from Craig, along with Damian Lewis and Tom Hardy.
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