Idris Elba Responds to James Bond Casting Rumors

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 10:11 AM PST, December 28, 2014
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Is Idris Elba handsome enough to play James Bond?

The  No Good Deed actor  is responding to rumors that he might be the next James Bond.

In a tweet, he makes light of the speculation while wishing everyone a happy new year.

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Although Daniel Craig is set to star in the next film, Elba appeared to be a frontrunner for the franchise during the Sony hack.

The Daily Beast reported that leaked emails showed Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal favored the actor. "Idris should be the next bond," she wrote.

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Controversy followed the rumors when radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on his show on Dec. 23 that Bond should be "white and Scottish."

Back in 2011, Elba spoke to NPR about playing the 007. "I just don't want to be the black James Bond," he said. "Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond."

The new Bond film, Spectre is set to hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.

Watch Elba flex his directing muscles  in the video below.