Idris Elba, the actor best known for his role in BBC drama Luther, has dismissed speculation that he could be next in line to play James Bond due to his age.
Elba appeared on US network ABC to discuss playing the villain Krall in the upcoming film Star Trek: Beyond, when he was asked about rumours surrounding the super-spy’s casting.
With a hint of irony in his voice, the 43-year-old actor said: “If I’m really honest I think I’m too old for that, running around in cars, ladies, martinis. It sounds terrible”.
However, the London-born actor is in fact five years younger than the current Bond, Daniel Craig.
The oldest person to ever play the man with a license to kill is tied at 57, with David Nivens appearing in 1967’s Casino Royale and Roger Moore last playing the part in 1985’s A View To A Kill.
Dismissing the speculation as the ‘wildest rumour in the world’, Elba added: “If it was to happen it would be the will of the nation because there’s not been any talks with the studios”.
If he did play Bond, Elba would be the first black actor to portray the role on-screen, but technically the second to play 007 overall.
David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr in the movie Selma, played Bond in the audio version of the book Trigger Mortis, released last year.