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Idris Elba said he'd consider 007 role

Sept. 30, 2011 at 2:51 PM   |   Comments

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LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- British actor Idris Elba says he's aware of the rumor he is up for the role of dashing secret agent 007 James Bond and would consider the job if it is offered.

Elba is best known for his work on the TV shows "Luther," "The Wire" and "The Office."

Daniel Craig is the current Bond. He took over the role from Pierce Brosnan several years ago. Other actors who played the part are Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton.

"It's a rumor," UsMagazine.com quoted Elba as telling NPR.

"I just don't want to be the black James Bond," he said. "Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond. ... I'd definitely consider it. ... I'm never shaken or stirred."

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