Idris Elba once again shut down the rumor that he’s going to play James Bond after Daniel Craig departs the series.
The actor was asked by a “Good Morning Britain” reporter on Wednesday if he would be the next 007, and he simply responded, “No, ” with a chortle.
He mentioned that he also likes his martinis “stir-fried” as opposed to Bond’s preference for shaken , not stirred.
Rumors moved earlier this month that Elba was being “ve thought about” for the capacity. The U.K. booklet the Daily Star reported that lead Antoine Fuqua spoken with Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli, who said she thought it was time for a black performer to star in the right.
A representative for Fuqua eventually affirmed the conversation ever happened.
“He never had a dialogue with Barbara about the franchise or about any molding, ” the rep told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s all made up nonsense. Not sure how it went started.”
Elba afterward shut down the rumor by tweeting out, “Don’t conceive the HYPE.”
Of course, the 45 -year-old first confused events by sends to a tweet earlier in the day that read, “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba.”
The Idris Elba as Bond rumor first start in 2014, when emails from the massive Sony hack revealed that then-studio co-chair Amy Pascal told a peer, “Idris should be the next Bond.”
The next year, onetime Bond actor Pierce Brosnan told the RadioTimes that he would pick the “Luther” actor as the next whiz of the right.
But Elba says that he would like to see a woman as Bond after Craig wraps up his time with the dealership.
“I would be interested in having a Bond character other than being a male, ” the actor said in a Variety video earlier this year. “It could be a woman, it could be a pitch-black lady, it could be a lily-white lady. But I think that persona, everyone would like to see[ filmmakers] do something different with it, you are familiar. Why not? ”
While all hope for Elba as the next Bond is currently lost — we can only be told “no” so many times without feeling it — the actor does have some exciting activities coming up.
Elba is slated to direct, grow and superstar in a modern explanation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix. He’ll also star in a new Netflix comedy sequence “Turn Up Charlie, ” where he’ll frisk a fighting DJ. Considering he’s previously a DJ in real life, there are some high expectations for the soundtrack.
Check out one of his sets below: