This Jan. 21, 2018 file photo shows actor-director Idris Elba at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

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Idris Elba Says Race Talk Around 'James Bond' Casting Disappointing

June 27, 2019

LONDON (AP) — Even though Idris Elba isn't trying to become the next James Bond, he's disheartened that some people don't think he should be considered for the spy role because he's black.

The British actor says in the August issue of Vanity Fair that it's frustrating that there are people who say "'It can't be.' And it really turns out to be the color of my skin."

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Some have speculated that the "Luther" star would make the perfect Bond. Elba says although Bond is a coveted, beloved character that he would be fascinated to play, he doesn't need to put himself in the position of questioning whether a stint as Bond did or didn't work "because of the color of my skin."

Elba stars in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" due in theaters in August.