Saturday 20 January 2018

Elba still interested in 007 role

Idris Elba could be tempted to play James Bond
Idris Elba could be tempted to play James Bond

Idris Elba has revealed he's still interested in playing James Bond.

The Wire star - who was quoted in 2008 saying he'd like to take on the role of 007 - this week told CNN's Morning Edition he could tackle the secret agent part, but has some reservations.

Idris said: "It's a very old rumour. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don't want to be called the first black James Bond.

"Do you understand what I 'm saying? 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."

But he added: "If Sony decided to call me and said hey, we wanted to do [James Bond], I'd definitely consider it."

The 39-year-old British actor - who recently earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of detective Luther - also revealed another of his dream roles would be Nelson Mandela.

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