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'Pacific Rim': Idris Elba on cancelling the apocalypse, James Bond

By and Simon Reynolds

Idris Elba has spoken to Digital Spy about his new movie Pacific Rim and the persistent rumours linking him to the role of James Bond.

The British actor, who plays Stacker Pentecost in the Guillermo del Toro-directed blockbuster, admitted that he knew his "cancelling the apocalypse" line would become one of film's more memorable moments.

"I remember reading it and thinking, 'Wow, that has to be delivered!' It felt like a lot of pressure on that line," he said. "Thomas Tull, who's the president of [production company] Legendary, said, 'That is my favourite line, I can't wait for you to say that'.

"I did know it was in the trailer straight away. I knew it would be there because it's the one tagline for the film."

Discussing the speculation linking him to the lead role in the 007 franchise, Elba said: "It's not something that I actually hope to come to fruition. It would be lovely if it did, but it's a rumour.

"It's actually like the will of a nation type-thing. I'm not a champion of myself to be James Bond, but there are so many people who say, 'Hey, you'd be a great one. We'd love to see that'. That's a great feeling for me. That's such a national treasure for us in England, we love James Bond. To be considered as one of those actors who could play him is great."

Pacific Rim opens in cinemas worldwide on Friday, July 12.

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