Idris Elba has seemingly confirmed that he won’t be the next James Bond after all.
After weeks of fevered speculation, Elba finally ruled himself out of playing Bond as he walked the red carpet at the London premiere of directorial debut ‘Yardie’ last night.
When asked by Good Morning Britain if he preferred his Martini shaken or stirred, he replied: “Stir-fried actually”.
The cryptic answer was then followed with a clear-cut response as he was asked if he would be taking over from Daniel Craig in the iconic role.
“No”, he curtly responded.
The definitive response comes after Elba appeared to strengthen the rumours by sharing a teasing Twitter post. The star shared a selfie which he accompanied with the caption “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba.” The reference to Bond’s most famous catchphrase led to fans questioning whether he had taken on the role after all.
Earlier this month, it was also rumoured that long-standing Bond producer Barbara Broccoli favoured Elba in the role.
The Daily Star revealed the details of a conversation between Broccoli and director Antoine Fuqua with Broccoli reportedly saying that “it is time” for a non-white actor to take over the role of Bond, adding that it “will happen eventually”.
But a representative for Broccoli denied that such a conversation had ever taken place, dismissing it as “made-up”.
“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25,” an official statement confirmed.
Bond 25 is set for release on October 25 2019.