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Idris Elba says he is not going to be the next 007

The star has been hotly tipped for the role of James Bond.

Idris Elba has shot down rumours that he will be replacing Daniel Craig as 007.

The star, 45, has been hotly tipped for the spy role after Craig, 50, bows out of the famous film franchise.

Asked,  after James Bond’s catchphrase, if he would prefer his Martini shaken or stirred, Elba told Good Morning Britain: “Stir fried, actually.”

Reporter Divya Kohli then asked: “Am I looking at the next 007?”, to which Elba promptly replied: “No.”

His comment came after Danny Boyle quit as director of the next Bond movie, starring Craig, “due to creative differences”.

Production on the 25th Bond was due to begin in December.

No replacement for the Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker has been announced.

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Danny Boyle has quit as director of the next James Bond film (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Luther star Elba recently put the Bond rumour mill into overdrive by sharing a selfie of the top half of his face with the caption: “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba.”

But he followed it up with a picture of the group Public Enemy and then tweeted the title of one of their songs: “Don’t believe the HYPE.”

James Norton, Aidan Turner and Tom Hardy have also been linked to the star role.

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