Idris Elba has slammed constant questions being put to him about potentially becoming James Bond, calling them "lazy journalism."
Daniel Craig completed his last outing as 007 in 2021's No Time To Die.
Prior to that, he featured in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
Speculation about who will replace Craig as Bond has been rife for years, and Elba has been one of the front-runners for most of that time.
Producer Barbara Broccoli even revealed previously that he was in contention, telling Deadline:
"Well, we know Idris, we're friends with him, and he's a magnificent actor. And, you know, it's been a part of the conversation, but it's always difficult to have the conversation when you have someone in the seat."
However, it seems Elba himself is done with the speculation, as he said on the Jemelle Hill is Unbothered podcast:
“I have no more answers for it. I just tell people, ‘Aw, don’t ask me that.’ Because a lot of times it’s really lazy journalism. And people try to use it as clickbait like ‘what’s he gonna say this time?’ I try to say the same things.
“Every now and then, I’ll give them some philosophy on why I don’t want to do it or why it’s a rumour. But most times now, I tend not to talk about it.”
Who will be the next James Bond?
According to bookmaker Oddchecker, there are a number of names who are ahead of Elba in the queue.
The favourite remains Henry Cavill, while other actors in the frame include Tom Hardy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rege-Jean Page, Kit Harrington, James Norton and Riz Ahmed.
No Time to Die
Action / Thriller
2021 • 163 minutes