Idris Elba Not a Fan of ‘Black Bond’ Rumors

Idris Elba attends the UK premiere of the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at a cinema in London. (Photo: AP/ Matt Dunham)

By The Grio (Article originally published on theGrio.com)

Idris Elba is putting speculation that will someday play James Bond to rest.

The British actor has been a popular choice among some fans to eventually replace the current 007, Daniel Craig.

In fact, even Craig himself has said he thinks Elba would be a fine choice for the role.

But Elba is sick and tired of being labeled “the black Bond.”

“It’s a rumor that’s gotten out of control, basically — but that’s all it is,” Elba said on ITV’s Lorraine. “There’s no truth in it whatsoever.”

“We don’t say ‘white Bond,’ we just say ‘Bond.’ So it suddenly becomes a black man and he’s a ‘black Bond.’ So I hate that phrase,” he added.

Still, this has not stopped fans of the legendary spy character from touting him for the role. In 2012 a poll conducted by the UK publication Sun Online had the “Pacific Rim” star beating out popular British actors Michael Fassbender, Clive Owen and Christian Bale.

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