British actor Idris Elba, who has starred in hit US TV shows such as HBO's The Wire, has unofficially been on fans’ radars as the possible next James Bond for some time.
However, he has now said that all the public attention surrounding the matter has diminished his chances of landing the role.
According to Elba, the rumors were inadvertently started by current Bond star Daniel Craig, about four years ago when he commented that Elba would make a great Bond. From there Twitter exploded with chatter over the choice. Some were ecstatic, while others wondered if a black Bond was appropriate.
However, Elba has now said that the discussions have done more harm than good.
“Honestly, it’s a rumor that’s really starting to eat itself,” Elba said at the British Film Institute this week. "If there was ever any chance of me getting Bond, it’s gone."
the same people okay with a half-asian or non-chinese mulan probably the same people that would shit theyselves if idris elba was james bond
— EGG$Y UNWIN (@traceychieng) March 30, 2015
Roger Moore says Idris Elba as Bond wouldn't be "realistic." Because if anything defines the Roger Moore Bond films, it's realism.
— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) March 30, 2015
Idris Elba would make a great James Bond
— Fluorescent (@TShock3) March 30, 2015
Elba is currently filming a series based on the life of Martin Luther King.