Idris Elba confirms he HASN’T been offered James Bond role

He has been one of the hottest contenders to take over the role of the Secret Service Agent when Daniel Craig departs after 2020’s Bond 25.

But Idris Elba has confirmed he hasn’t been offered the role of James Bond in a candid interview in the August issue of Vanity Fair.

The Luther actor, 46, who smouldered in a sizzling shoot for the fashion bible, also admitted he feels ‘disheartened’ when some people claim 007 ‘can’t be’ played by a black actor.      

Hunk: Idris Elba has confirmed he hasn't been offered the role of James Bond in a candid interview in the August issue of Vanity Fair

Hunk: Idris Elba has confirmed he hasn't been offered the role of James Bond in a candid interview in the August issue of Vanity Fair

Hunk: Idris Elba has confirmed he hasn’t been offered the role of James Bond in a candid interview in the August issue of Vanity Fair 

Acclaimed actopr: The Luther actor, 46, who smouldered in a sizzling shoot for the fashion bible, also admitted he feels 'disheartened' when some people claim 007 'can't be' played by a black actor

Acclaimed actopr: The Luther actor, 46, who smouldered in a sizzling shoot for the fashion bible, also admitted he feels 'disheartened' when some people claim 007 'can't be' played by a black actor

Acclaimed actopr: The Luther actor, 46, who smouldered in a sizzling shoot for the fashion bible, also admitted he feels ‘disheartened’ when some people claim 007 ‘can’t be’ played by a black actor

Confirming he was not in the running, the star said: ‘Of course, if someone said to me “Do you want to play James Bond?”, I’d be like, Yeah! That’s fascinating to me. 

‘But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.’

Speculation had been rife that the Golden Globe winner was to step into Bond’s famous tuxedo, heightened when he posed for an selfie with Daniel Craig at the Golden Globes in January, with the caption ‘awks.’

The Wire actor also expressed his disappointment over some Bond fans ruling him out as 007 due to the ‘colour of my skin.’

In demand: Confirming he was not in the running, the star said: 'Of course, if someone said to me "Do you want to play James Bond?", I'd be like, Yeah! That's fascinating to me

In demand: Confirming he was not in the running, the star said: 'Of course, if someone said to me "Do you want to play James Bond?", I'd be like, Yeah! That's fascinating to me

In demand: Confirming he was not in the running, the star said: ‘Of course, if someone said to me “Do you want to play James Bond?”, I’d be like, Yeah! That’s fascinating to me

Farewell: Daniel Craig will take his final bow as Bond in the upcoming untitled 25th instalment in the franchise, scheduled for release in 2020

Farewell: Daniel Craig will take his final bow as Bond in the upcoming untitled 25th instalment in the franchise, scheduled for release in 2020

Farewell: Daniel Craig will take his final bow as Bond in the upcoming untitled 25th instalment in the franchise, scheduled for release in 2020 

He said: ‘You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, “It can’t be.”‘

‘And it really turns out to be the colour of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the colour of my skin? 

‘That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.’    

In March 2019, Bond actor Ralph Fiennes walked into a major casting row by saying that 007 should never change gender or be played by a black actor.

Fiennes, who succeeded Dame Judi Dench as spymaster M, insisted black or female stars should be given their own action films to showcase their talents, away from the Bond franchise.

‘I would like to see a great black actor inhabit a Bond-like persona,’ he said. ‘But not necessarily be in the same franchise. 

00-Heaven: Speculation had been rife that the Golden Globe winner was to step into Bond's famous tuxedo, heightened when he posed for an selfie with Daniel Craig at the Golden Globes in January, with the caption 'awks'

00-Heaven: Speculation had been rife that the Golden Globe winner was to step into Bond's famous tuxedo, heightened when he posed for an selfie with Daniel Craig at the Golden Globes in January, with the caption 'awks'

00-Heaven: Speculation had been rife that the Golden Globe winner was to step into Bond’s famous tuxedo, heightened when he posed for an selfie with Daniel Craig at the Golden Globes in January, with the caption ‘awks’

‘I think we could remake the idea of a Bond as a woman or as an actor of any ethnicity in another vehicle,’ he told BBC2’s Newsnight.       

His comments provoked criticism on Twitter, with one poster storming: ‘Fiennes has lost the plot.’

But others supported the actor, saying Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, had always intended for the spy to be white.  

In 2017, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli responded to questions about whether Bond could be black or a woman by saying: ‘These films tend to reflect the times, so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible. Right now, it’s Daniel Craig and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig but who knows what the future will bring?’

However, former Bond Sir Roger Moore said in 2015: ‘I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond. But they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote. It is not about being homophobic or racist – it is simply about being true to the character.’              

Smouldering: The star looked incredibly handsome as he smouldered for the magazine shoot

Smouldering: The star looked incredibly handsome as he smouldered for the magazine shoot

Smouldering: The star looked incredibly handsome as he smouldered for the magazine shoot 

Iconic: Idris has won millions of fans all over the world with his gritty roles including troubled yet insightful DCI John Luther in the eponymous series

Iconic: Idris has won millions of fans all over the world with his gritty roles including troubled yet insightful DCI John Luther in the eponymous series

Iconic: Idris has won millions of fans all over the world with his gritty roles including troubled yet insightful DCI John Luther in the eponymous series 

As well as Idris, Bodyguard star Richard Madden, The Night Manager actor Tom Hiddleston and Grantchester’s James Norton are leading the Bond odds. 

The star recently tied the knot with model Sabrina Elba, 29 and previously about his decision to marry, he said: ‘We’ve been literally inseparable since we met. Inseparable.

‘You know, I’m 47 this year, been married and lived a full life before I even met Sabrina. It wasn’t something that I wanted to do, get married again. But…’

He added: ‘Sabrina has deepened friendships with people I’ve known longer than [her], nurturing the best side of me to make me connect to my friends more.’

Coming soon: The full interview with Idris can be found in in the August issue of Vanity Fair available on newsstands and digital download on July 5

Coming soon: The full interview with Idris can be found in in the August issue of Vanity Fair available on newsstands and digital download on July 5

Coming soon: The full interview with Idris can be found in in the August issue of Vanity Fair available on newsstands and digital download on July 5

The British actor met Sabrina on the set of The Mountain Between Us in 2017 before going on to make his first red carpet appearance with her at the Toronto International Film Festival later that year.   

Idris was previously married to Hanne Norgaard, with whom he shares daughter Isan, 17, and Sonya Nicole Hamlin.

The actor also shares a five-year-old son with his ex Naiyana Garth. 

In February, Idris decided to pop the question to Sabrina ahead of a screening of his film Yardie at Rio cinema, Dalston.

Rio Cinema later confirmed the proposal on its Twitter account, writing: ‘Another riocinema first! Still 5 days to Valentines Day but Idris Elba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film.’ 

Speaking about the early days of their relationship to People Magazine Idris said: ‘Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is pretty special.’ 

The full interview with Idris can be found in in the August issue of Vanity Fair available on newsstands and digital download on July 5.

Newlyweds: Idris married his model wife Sabrina Elba, 29, in April 2019

Newlyweds: Idris married his model wife Sabrina Elba, 29, in April 2019

Newlyweds: Idris married his model wife Sabrina Elba, 29, in April 2019

 

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