Is Idris Elba the Next James Bond? Actor Gives Clear Answer

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It's hard to pinpoint exactly where and when the rumors began to circulate, but when the current Bond openly admitted that he wasn't very fond of the role anymore, the rumors escalated.

The British actor was in town to promote Yardie, his gritty directorial debut about how a man's quest for retribution leads to a nasty run-in with a unsafe London gangster.

After months-more like years-of speculation, social media petitions and even presumed hints from Hollywood directors, Idris Elba has confirmed once and for all that he will not be the next James Bond.

During the yellow carpet event for his feature directorial debut Yardie, the crime drama film based on Victor Headley's novel of the same name, Elba stopped for a moment to speak with Good Morning Britain.

The actor was asked if he preferred shaken or stirred, in a nod to the spy character's favourite drink - a martini.

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But now Elba has denied he'll be replacing Daniel Craig as 007.

"Stir fried, actually", Idris joked.

The reporter then asked if they were looking at "the next 007?" to which Elba simply replied: "No".

"I don't want to talk it about, honestly, "he said during one interview".

Craig has starred in four Bond films and is set to return in his last, the still-untitled "Bond 25".

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