George Clooney reveals his pick to be the next James Bond

Hollywood star George Clooney has said Idris Elba should be the next James Bond.

The upcoming Bond film No Time To Die will be Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 but his successor has not yet been announced.

Speaking on Mark Wright's Heart Evening Show, Clooney ruled out playing the suave spy himself, adding that he thought Bond should be British.

He quipped 'go hire someone else!' when asked what he would say to an offer of Bond, adding: "First of all because, I'll be 60 this year so it's a little late for the Bond thing. Second of all, Bond should be a Brit don't you think? I mean properly. It just feels wrong".

Following the announcement that Craig will be stepping down from the role, stars including Elba, Outlander's Sam Heughan, James Norton and Tom Hardy have all been suggested as contenders for the part.

Clooney said Luther star Elba "should be Bond" adding: "He's elegant, I think he'd do a great job of it".

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: (L to R) Idris Elba, Gordon Ramsay and David Beckham attend the official launch party of Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair on September 2, 2019 in London, England. Guests enjoyed an array of cocktails, canapés, sushi from the Raw Bar and sparkling sake as DJ Fat Tony entertained the crowd until the early hours. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Lucky Cat)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Idris Elba and Taylor Swift attend The World Premiere of Cats, presented by Universal Pictures on December 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Idris Elba (L) and Richard Madden FIJI Water at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba attending the premiere of Molly's Game, held at the Vue West End, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Idris Elba and Dame Helen Mirren attend a special screening of "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw" at The Curzon Mayfair on July 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
The Prince of Wales (right) meets Idris Elba and his partner Sabrina Dhowre during the Prince's Trust One Million Young Lives Dinner, at Buckingham Palace in London.
UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - APRIL 18: In this screengrab, Idris Elba and Sabrina Elba speak during "One World: Together At Home" presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020. The global broadcast and digital special was held to support frontline healthcare workers and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Global Citizen )
(left to right) Hermione Norris, Idris Elba, Michael Smiley, Ruth Wilson and Wunmi Mosaku during a photocall for BBC's Luther series 5 at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, London.
Idris Elba (left) with The Best FIFA Men's Player Award winner Luka Modric and FIFA President Gianni Infantino (right) during the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Jan 6, 2019; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Isan Elba (left) and Idris Elba during the 76th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
George Clooney greets Serena Williams as Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre look on in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Jan 6, 2019; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Idris Elba and Taylor Swift present during the 76th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Sabrina Dhowre Elba (L) and Idris Elba attend the world premiere of "Cats" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 01: Kerry Washington and Idris Elba attend the ceremony honoring Tyler Perry With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Idris Elba attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre walking on the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, on May 7, 2018. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
English actor Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. - The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. The Gala's 2019 theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion" inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp". (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: (L to R) Eric Underwood, Annabelle Wallis, Idris Elba and Stella McCartney attend The 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on November 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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He explained: "That's who I would've cast, sure, absolutely but in general, no I don't think I should be.

"The closest thing I've ever done to any kind of hero like that was Batman and we saw how that turned out".

Clooney played the Caped Crusader in 1997's Batman & Robin, which was panned by critics and has regularly been cited as one of the worst superhero films ever.

Batman & Robin was directed by Joel Schumacher and also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the villain Mr Freeze.

The much-awaited Bond film was due to be released this year but will now be released in April 2021.

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