While the recent announcement that Idris Elba will return for a fifth season of Luther is good news for fans of the BBC's favourite damaged D.C.I, it might just signal the end of Elba's contention for James Bond's gilded dinner jacket.
According to The New York Daily News, who claim to have spoken to an 'insider', the scheduling conflicts that come with shooting an entire TV series may prove too difficult for 007 producers to work around.
"It is sad news for those fans who felt he was the prime man to be the first ever black Bond," says our insider. But with BBC filming set for next spring, we're told that Elba's TV dates clash with the planned film schedule for the Bond film. "By taking this job Idris has essentially turned down 007."
Tom Hardy has been the long-standing favourite to take over from Daniel Craig's 007 tenure, but a large subsection of fans believe that Idris Elba should be the man to shake up the Bond universe for the franchise's 25th film; a wish that is looking increasingly unlikely.
While rumours swirled in the autumn that Daniel Craig had turned down £68 million to lead two more Bonds, according to to the insider, the 007 producers are "back to sweating over when Daniel will even come to the table over his future, and who replaces him if he is out."