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Idris Elba: 'I haven't spoken to anyone official about 007'

Idris Elba has played down the latest 007 rumors swirling around him, revealing he hasn't heard from James Bond producers about a possible spy role.

Film fans appear to have already made up their minds about who will replace Daniel Craig when he turns his back on Bond, with Elba and Homeland's Damian Lewis leading the race, but the Luther star insists he still hasn't spoken to anyone official about 007.


"It's all rumor-ville... I'm not speaking to the James Bond people, and they're not speaking to me," the 43-year-old actor and DJ says, but it appears he is interested in the role, adding he'd take on the role of James Bond if it was "the will of the nation".


"If human beings want to know if there's any connectivity between all of us, the one thing I've heard around the world universally is, 'You'll be great as James Bond'," he adds.


The Bond producers clearly need to start thinking about Craig's replacement as the actor insisted he was done as 007 as he promoted last year's (15) Spectre.


"I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists," he told Time Out London back in October (15) when asked if he can imagine filming another Bond movie. "No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."


The brooding Brit backtracked on comments he made about his future as the secret agent shortly before the film came out, but the star continued to suggest he was undecided about playing Bond again.