London: Actor Idris Elba has shot down reports that he will replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.
Craig has a five-picture deal with Bond bosses and is expected to step down from the role in the next few years, and his `Skyfall` co-star Naomie Harris fuelled speculation about Elba being lined up as a possible replacement when she revealed `The Wire star` had met with producer Barbara Broccoli, reported Daily Star.
However, Elba, 40, is adamant that stories about secret meetings and contracts is just gossip.
"It`s just a rumour - but what a compliment. I`m flattered by the notion of it. I`m also encouraged that audiences are being more colour-blind these days," he said.
If Elba does land the role, he will make history as the first black James Bond.