Idris Elba On “Luther” Film, James Bond

Though there was excitement about it following the third and final series wrapping last year, actor Idris Elba says that the highly-anticipated film based on the British crime series “Luther” is still very much in the development stage.

Speaking with Kate Garraway on ITV’s “Lorraine” (via Metro) on Friday, Elba says: “We’ve been really lucky that Luther is [so popular]. It’s a small show, we did four episodes and we got such a massive following worldwide so Neil Cross and I are aiming to do the film. I’m speaking to him as we speak… and we’re trying to pull it together. It’s an ambitious project because it’s a television show but we suspect that it’s going to be as successful on TV and on film as well.’

One franchise he doesn’t like being linked to is the James Bond series. More specifically, he doesn’t like the way he’s referred to in the casting rumors that still spring up that include his name as a potential replacement when Daniel Craig hangs up his Walther PPK.

He tells the same program: “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.”