With Bond 23 currently in the works, actor Idris Elba addressed old rumors that he could become the next James Bond in an interview on NPR. "It's a rumor," he said on Wednesday's episode of Morning Edition. "It's a very old rumor. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don't want to be called the first black James Bond."
The dapper actor with an English accent would be an obvious choice to play James Bond. Joining the ranks of Sean Connery and Daniel Craig would be quite the feather in his thespian cap, but for now, the talk of him potentially taking over the role is nothing more than gossip. In the here and now, audiences can see Idris play another badass in the form of detective John Luther, the character he plays on BBC America's Luther.
The show, which launched its second season last night, also earned him an Emmy nod at the conclusion of the first season. But the man best known for playing Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire isn't discounting the 007 role entirely, saying, "If Sony decided to call me and said, 'Hey, we wanted to do [James Bond], I'd definitely consider it." And we'd be right there to watch.