Despite Daniel Craig being signed on for two more James Bond films speculation on his successor has been underway for some time now. One name on the internet's short list: Idris Elba. The man formerly known as Stringer Bell fits the profile in many ways as past roles besides Stringer have shown he can be suave, charming, badass and most important, he's British. He'd also, obviously, be the first black Bond. The issue has come up in several interviews he's done over the years but recently he took the time out to put the Bond rumor mill to a definitive rest.

While sitting down with ITV's Lorraine to discuss Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Elba had this to say on the Bond matter: "It's a rumor that's gotten out of control, basically—but that's all it is. There's no truth in it whatsoever." He also expresseed disdain for the phrase "Black Bond." "I've always detested the phrase 'Black Bond', I just don't understand it. We don't say 'White Bond', we just say 'Bond', so it suddenly becomes a black man and he's a 'Black Bond'."

Welp, Diddy, the ball's officially in your court now. The currently untitled 24th James Bond film is due fall 2015.

[via DigitalSpy]