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IDRIS ELBA SHUTS DOWN ‘JAMES BOND’ RUMORS

Not happening. Despite fans’ most earnest wishes to the contrary, Idris Elba will not be taking on the role of James Bond. While attending the premiere of his new film Yardie, he was repeatedly asked if he’d succeed Daniel Craig as 007.

He couldn’t have been clearer, repeatedly saying "no" and then leaving the conversation. Today also aired footage from a sit-down in which he was pressed, and Elba firmly denied it.

"I don't want to talk it about, honestly," he said during one interview. "Let's leave it."

Much of the hoopla surrounding the possibility involves the fact that Elba is black. Elba himself addressed the issue, saying if he ever earned the role, he wouldn’t want race to be the focus. "Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond," he previously told NPR. "So if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond."

Rumors of his future as Bond have been spreading for years, and were probably sparked in 2014 when he was asked during a Reddit AMA if he’d take the job if offered. Back then, he said "absolutely."

Craig will reprise the role in Bond 25, which is set to hit theaters in 2019. The director attached to the project, Danny Boyle, departed this week over "creative differences."