Idris Elba has insisted he has nothing to do with rumours about him being the next James Bond.
The London-born actor is hotly tipped to become the first black actor to play 007, but he doesn't want producers to hold the rumours against him.
"It's a rumour," he told GQ magazine, "and I have to tell you, if the producers of Bond thought I was self-campaigning, it would be such a turn-off."
Prometheus star Idris said he has been told to stay tight-lipped about the idea of replacing current Bond, Daniel Craig.
"I'm flattered, obviously, but I've been advised to just pipe down about it. Apparently Daniel Craig said I'd be a great Bond. Daniel, why did you say that? Dropped me right in it!"
"What an honour it would be, but also, what an indication of change. I know Ian Fleming lived in Jamaica for a long time, didn't he?
"I think it's interesting to think what he would have made of a black man playing Bond."
Idris will star in a new series of BBC One's Luther, which will air in spring.
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