Idris Elba won’t get a license to kill after all.
The 45-year-old British actor, a fan favorite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, put the matter to rest Wednesday.
Stepping out with fiancée Sabrina Dhowre to attend his directorial debut “Yardie,” the suave actor was asked if he’ll assume the iconic spy role.
“No,” he told ITV’s “Good Morning Britain,” which presented him with a dry martini, Bond’s signature cocktail, and asked if preferred it shaken or stirred.
“Stir-fried, actually,” he quipped, according to the UK’s Express.
The reporter persisted, asking Elba, “Am I looking at the next 007?”
This time, Elba was more blunt as he walked off, snapping a resounding, “No!”
Earlier this month, he stoked speculation that he may join Her Majesty’s secret service as the first black Bond in a cryptic Twitter post — a selfie under the words “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” echoing the spy’s famous catchphrase.
American film producer Antoine Fuqua had stoked long-running speculation about Elba taking on the role when he told Britain’s Daily Star that Bond movie boss Barbara Broccoli had said “it is time” for a non-white actor to play agent 007.
But Elba later posted another tweet saying: “Don’t believe the HYPE ….”
Craig has starred in four Bond films and is set to return in his last, the still-untitled “Bond 25.”
On Tuesday, Craig and the producers announced that director Danny Boyle had left the film due to “creative differences.”
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