Idris Elba doesn't think he will get to play 007 because he doesn't think the global cinema audience is ready for a black Bond.
The London-born actor has been heavily linked to the coveted role - currently played by Daniel Craig - but although he is interested in playing 007 he doesn't think cinemagoers around the world want to see a black man play the character.
Speaking on UK station BBC Radio 2, he said: "I think in England we have reached that stage [of having a black James Bond] because culturally we're sort of a lot more diverse but the rest of the world is not like that and I think there is a real sort of stigma. It's like, 'Oh he's black, can he do it because he's black?' "
Idris, 45 also rejected claims that people would be more accommodating to the change because of recent historical moments such as Barack Obama becoming America's first black president.
He explained: "Obama can be president because he's a very smart man and I'm sure he had same feelings like, 'well I'm not the first black president, I'm Obama. I'm the first Obama. So for me you know I don't like to make a big deal of it, the point is that it's a great rumour if it was to ever happen I think it would be the will of a nation."