James Bond fans can finally let the dream die. Idris Elba will not be playing the iconic MI6 spy once Daniel Craig retires. Despite the persistent rumors that the actor was being eyed to potentially take over the franchise down the road, and a strong desire from many online to see that happen, it’s officially been shot down by the actor himself. This dream casting appears to be as dead as anything has ever died.
Idris Elba has come up in the past in connection to 007. Most commonly as a fan choice for the role. However, some recent rumors cropped up that connected him to the actual producers of the franchise as a contender for the next James Bond. Those rumors were debunked, but that didn’t necessarily mean that Elba was taking the possibility off the table. Until Now. During a recent interview, when asked point blank about it, the actor had a blunt one word answer to offer those holding out hope on whether he was going to play James Bond or not.