He was one of the biggest contenders to take over the role of Secret Service Agent when Daniel Craig left Bond 25 after 2020.
But Idris Elba has confirmed that he did not get the role of James Bond in a candid interview in the August issue of Vanity Fair.
The Luther actor, 46, who begged the fashion bible in a sizzling shoot, also admitted that he & # 39; discouraged & # 39; feels when some people claim he can't & # 39; are played by a black actor.
Hunk: Idris Elba has confirmed that he did not get the role of James Bond in a candid interview in the August issue of Vanity Fair
Acclaimed actor: The Luther actor, 46, plunging into a sizzling shoot for the fashion bible, also admitted he & # 39; discouraged & # 39; feels when some people claim he can't & # 39; are played by a black actor
Confirming that he wasn't running, the star said: & Of course, if someone says to me, "Do you want to play James Bond?" I would say yes! That is fascinating for me.
& # 39; But it is not something that I have expressed, such as, Yes, I want to be the black James Bond. & # 39;
Speculation was widespread that the Golden Globe winner stepped into Bond & # 39; s famous tuxedo, raised when he posed with Daniel Craig in January for a selfie with the subtitles & # 39; awks & # 39 ;.
The Wire actor also expressed disappointment with some Bond fans who exclude him as 007 because of the & # 39; color of my skin & # 39 ;.
In the question: confirming that he was not running, the star said: & Of course, if someone says to me, "Do you want to play James Bond?", I would say yes! That is fascinating for me
See you soon: Daniel Craig will take his final bow as Bond in the next twenty-eighth installment in the franchise scheduled for release in 2020
He said: & # 39; You just get discouraged if you let people go from a generation perspective, & # 39; It can't be true. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And if I got it and it didn't work, or it worked, would that be the color of my skin?
& # 39; That is a difficult position to deploy myself if it is not necessary. & # 39;
In March 2019, Bond actor Ralph Fiennes entered a large casting line by saying that 007 should never change gender or be played by a black actor.
Fiennes, who succeeded Dame Judi Dench as spymaster M, insisted that black or female stars should get their own action movies to showcase their talents, away from the Bond franchise.
& # 39; I would like to see a great black actor inhabiting a Bond-like character, & # 39; he said. & # 39; But not necessarily in the same franchise.
00 Heaven: Speculation was widespread that the Golden Globe winner stepped into Bond & # 39; s famous tuxedo, raised as he posed for a selfie with Daniel Craig on the Golden Globes in January, with the subtitle & # 39; awks & # 39;
& # 39; I think we can recreate the idea of a Bond as a woman or as an actor of any ethnicity in another vehicle & # 39 ;, he told Newsnight of BBC2.
His comments caused criticism on Twitter, with one upcoming poster: & # 39; Fiennes has lost the plot & # 39 ;.
But others supported the actor and said that Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, had always meant that the spy would be white.
In 2017, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli responded to questions about whether Bond could be black or a woman by saying: & # 39; These films reflect the times, so we always try to print a little on the envelope. Everything is possible. At the moment it is Daniel Craig and I am very happy with Daniel Craig but who knows what the future will bring? & # 39;
Former Bond Sir Roger Moore said in 2015: “I have heard people talk about how there should be a Lady Bond or a gay Bond. But they would not be Bond for the simple reason that Ian Fleming did not write. It's not about being gay or racist – it's just about being loyal to the character. & # 39;
Smoldering: The star looked incredibly handsome while begging for the magazine shoot
Iconic: Idris has won millions of fans around the world with its gritty roles, including troubled but insightful DCI John Luther in the eponymous series
Like Idris, Bodyguard star Richard Madden, The Night Manager actor Tom Hiddleston and Grantchester & James Norton lead the Bond listings.
The star recently tied the knot with model Sabrina Elba, 29 and earlier about his decision to get married, he said: & # 39; Since we met, we were literally inseparable. Inseparable.
& # 39; You know, I am 47 this year, married and living a full life before I even met Sabrina. It wasn't something I wanted to do, get married again. But … & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Sabrina has deepened friendships with people I know longer than her, cherishing the best side of me to make me connect more with my friends. & # 39;
Coming soon: the full interview with Idris can be found in the August issue of Vanity Fair, available at kiosks and digital download on July 5
The British actor met Sabrina on the set of The Mountain Between Us in 2017 before making his first red carpet appearance with her at the Toronto International Film Festival later that year.
Idris was previously married to Hanne Norgaard, with whom he shares daughter Isan  and Sonya Nicole Hamlin.
The actor also shares a five year old son with his ex Naiyana Garth.
In February, Idris decided to ask Sabrina the question prior to a screening of his film Yardie at the Rio cinema in Dalston.
Rio Cinema later confirmed the proposal on his Twitter account and wrote: & # 39; Another riocinema first! Still 5 days until Valentine's Day, but Idris Elba went down on one knee and suggested to his girlfriend to be on stage live this morning for a preview of his film. & # 39;
Talked about the initial period of their relationship People Magazine Idris said: & # 39; Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is very special. & # 39;
The full interview with Idris can be found in the August issue of Vanity Fair that is available at newsstands and digital downloads on July 5.
Newlyweds: In April 2019 Idris married his model mate Sabrina Elba, 29 years old
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