Idris Elba is tired of people talking about him as the next James Bond.
Rumors began circulating late last year that the actor, now 42, would star in the next Bond installment. Mixed reactions to whether or not Elba fit the “look” ensued.
The debonair Brit who played Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” now feels that all of the speculation has cost him his chance. He told the audience at London’s British Film Institute:
Honestly, it’s a rumor that’s really starting to eat itself. If there was ever any chance of me getting Bond, it’s gone.
“The Wire” star specifically blames the most recent 007, Daniel Craig, for the rumors.
Daniel Craig actually set the rumor off. About four years ago he said Idris Elba would be a great Bond and then it started to creep. I blame Daniel.