The 'American Gangster' actor says that he would like to take the role as the famed 007 agent, but he just does not want to be called 'the first black James Bond.'
Idris Elba has commented on rumors that he might play James Bond one day. Speaking to NPR on the Morning Edition, the Heimdall depicter in "Thor" said that he would "definitely consider it" if he is offered to star as the flamboyant British secret agent, who is usually played by Caucasian actors.
Although showing his interest, Elba noted that he doesn't want to be dubbed as the first black James Bond. "It's a very old rumor. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don't want to be called the first black James Bond," the London-born actor explained.
"Do you understand what I'm saying? Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond," the "American Gangster" star added. "So if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond."
When he was asked if he would get in a cab to attend the meeting if Sony calls him for the role, Elba jokingly replied, "I'd not only get in the cab, but I'd take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage." He added, "The taxi, jump out while it was moving, jump onto a pedal that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get onto a plane, on the wing, land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office."
The coveted role in the next installment of 007 film franchise is still secured by Daniel Craig. The project, which is still going under the working title of "Bond 23", is directed by Sam Mendes and scheduled to be released in U.S. theaters next year.