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Idris Elba Just Explained Why Playing James Bond Is a Bad Idea

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The last James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as the titular character is still more than a year away, but speculation about who will be the next Bond is strong as ever. The current favorite, according to reports, is Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones and, recently, the main character in the U.K. TV series, The Bodyguard. Still, the name that keeps getting tossed into the mix—partly because he keeps teasing the idea on social media—is Idris Elba. In a new interview with Event, an entertainment insert from the Daily Mail, Elba was surprisingly candid about why he wouldn't want to play Bond.

"Bond is one of the biggest franchises in the world, and for that reason, whoever ends up playing it, lives it," he told the journalist Craig McLean. "You’re THAT character, and known as that character for many, many years. I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris. Not ones that take over me and solely define me."

McLean referred to the statement as a "categorical denial," or something close to it, from Elba about the prospect of playing Bond.

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