Idris Elba shuts down Bond rumours once and for all after Danny Boyle quits


Idris Elba

by Emma Dodds |
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The world has been abuzz with the rumour that Luther actor Idris Elba could be taking over the iconic role of James Bond after Daniel Craig finishes his 12-year run as the character. And he hasn't done anything to quash the rumours - instead fanning the flames at pretty much every chance he gets.

First, he posted a selfie with the caption, 'My name's Elba, Idris Elba' - a clear reference to 007's famous catchphrase, 'The name's Bond, James Bond.' THEN he played the famous soundtrack at the start of a festival set recently, sending fans wild.

Idris Elba
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However, he shut the rumours down once and for all at last night's premiere (21st August) of his directorial debut film, Yardie, walking the carpet with his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain’s Divya Kohli, Idris made no bones about the fact that he would not be taking on the role. When asked whether he liked a Martini shaken or stirred, he replied, "Stir fried, actually!"

And when she directly asked him whether she was looking at the next 007, he immediately said, "No!"

Check out Empire magazine's top 10 films of last year...



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10. Call Me My Your Name

Set in 1993 Italy Call Me by Your Name shows the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman, a 17 year-old living in Italy, and his father's American assistant, Oliver.

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9. The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden is a South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-Wook.

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8. Logan

Hugh Jackman stars as the lead role in American superhero movie Logan. It is the tenth installment in the X-Men series, as well as the third and final Wolverine solo film.

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7. God's Own Country

This British drama followed the life of a young sheep farmer in Yorkshire and how is life changed suddenly following the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker.

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6. Dunkirk

Directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk had a star-studded cast including One Direction singer Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance.

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5. The Death of Stalin

The comedy/drama which was released in October followers The Soviet dictator as he lives out his final days, and how chaos erupts after his death.

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4. Moonlight

Loved by millions across the world, Moonlight was the winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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3. La La Land

In third is multi Oscar-winning musical rom-com La La Land, also starring Gosling with Academy-award winner Emma Stone.

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2. Blade Runner 2049

In second place is Blade Runner 2049, set thirty years after the first film and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford

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1. Get Out

In first place is the critically acclaimed American horror movie. Get Out features a young interracial couple who visit the woman's parents, uncovering a conspiracy whereby young black adults are being captured. The film has grossed over $254 million worldwide, against its $4.5 million budget.

This comes after prolific director Danny Boyle quit the upcoming Bond film that he'd signed on to direct in March of this year. The news was confirmed in a tweet by the official James Bond Twitter account, which read, 'Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25.'

Danny, who has a cult following after making films such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and The Beach as well as leading the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

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