Idris Elba Reveals The Real Reason He Can't Play James Bond

​Poor excuse, mate

When we caught up with Idris Elba back in March, we tried not to talk about James Bond. We really, really tried. But, of course, we failed.

Because fact is, it's physically impossible to be in the presence of the Luther star without asking him about the 007 rumours. It's never been done. You'd probably implode.

And that must get pretty irritating. So to silence the orchestral whisperings once and for all, Elba tried to quash the rumours on 'Good Morning America' yesterday.

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"I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation because there hasn't been any talks between me and the studio about any of that. But everywhere I go people want that to happen, so."

"But if I'm really honest, I think I'm too old for that man, running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible."

An expert, sarcasm-laced misdirection from Elba there, keeping his cards very close to his chest. He's not the bookies' favourite anymore, but could it happen?

Maybe. But he'd rather you shut up about it.