After months of endless speculation, Idris Elba squashed all rumours he’ll play James Bond with a firm “no” on 22 August.
Stepping out with fiancée Sabrina Dhowre as he promoted his directorial debut Yardie, Elba was asked if he’ll be the next actor to take on the iconic spy role.
“No,” he told Good Morning Britain’s reporter, bluntly.
And when further pressed if he prefers a martini shaken or stirred — a reference to the Bond films — the 45-year-old joked, “Stir fried, actually.”
Earlier this month, Elba tackled the rumours on Twitter, writing, “Don’t believe the HYPE.”
Elba’s name has been bounced around as a future Bond for years now, including in 2014 when an email leaked from Sony Pictures senior executive Amy Pascal revealed her feeling that “Idris should be the next Bond.”
At the time of the leak, Elba said on a Reddit AMA that he would “absolutely” take the role if it was offered to him.
Most recently, social media was set ablaze as thousands of fans got excited at the prospect of Idris saying the famous introductory line of the secret agent. Elba trolled the fans and seemingly went along with the rumour.
“My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” the star tweeted alongside a front-camera selfie. A simple move, that sent fans into a frenzy, with Elba’s Twitter mentions already dreaming up the perfect 007 outing for him. Gillian Anderson, of course, has already been suggested as a future Bond girl.
The rumours rose out of reports that Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli had announced that the door is open for a black 007 in the future. This would be once Daniel Craig completes his final outing as the spy. Elba is marked out as a potential favourite to fill those iconic shoes.