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Idris Elba has spoken about rumours that he will become the next actor to play James Bond.

The Luther star said that there is "no truth" in stories that he will replace Daniel Craig in the iconic film series.

Elba told ITV's Lorraine that he doesn't understand the focus on Bond's race, adding: "I've always detested the phrase 'Black Bond', I just don't understand it.

"We don't say 'White Bond', we just say 'Bond', so it suddenly becomes a black man and he's a 'Black Bond'. So I hate that phrase - and it's a rumour that's gotten out of control, basically - but that's all it is. There's no truth in it whatsoever."

The actor said that his work on the Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk To Freedom - where he plays the title role - featured "the toughest scenes" of his career.

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