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Idris Elba doesn't want to be the next James Bond

The actor says 007 isn't one of his 'career goals'.

Idris Elba in a yellow t-shirt
Alex Piper
Published: Thursday, 8th September 2022 at 10:47 am
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Many names have been floated to take over as the new James Bond, but the one that comes up the most is undoubtedly Idris Elba's.

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The Luther actor has long been a fan favourite to play the suave spy but, as it turns out, he's "not that guy".

Speaking during LeBron James and Maverick Carter's The Shop: Uninterrupted series, Elba opened up about whether 007 is a role he would like to play.

“It is not a goal for my career,” he said. “I don’t think that, you know, playing Bond will satisfy some of my personal goals.”

However, he did acknowledge it would "definitely satisfy the will of a nation".

He added: “I feel it is beyond me at this junction. It’s beyond me. You know, it’s not a question of, ‘Should I?,’ ‘Do I?,’ ‘Will I?,’ it is what the will of the nation dictates sometimes.

“I’m not that guy, but in everyone’s world I might be. And that – job done. Because the truth is, you know, a lot of people are really seeing Idris playing Bond as the ‘alternative Bond'. And as long as that alternative is existing, that’s great for the growth of f**king casting.”

You can watch Idris Elba discuss the James Bond role from 20:30 below:

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