Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba has said that he was "flattered" by rumours suggesting that he was going to become the next James Bond.

With Daniel Craig once again taking on the lead role in the next Bond adventure, Elba has said that stories about secret meetings and contracts are just gossip.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: "It's just a rumour - but what a compliment. I'm flattered by the notion of it. I'm also encouraged that audiences are being more colour-blind these days."

Elba can currently be seen in Guillermo del Toro's latest sci-fi action-adventure, Pacific Rim.

Watch RTÉ TEN's Alan Corr's interview with Elba by clicking the link above on your left.