British actor Idris Elba has given fans the biggest hint that he may be the first black actor to play James Bond.

During a recent Q&A on Reddit, the Mandela star admitted he would love to take over from Daniel Craig when his tenure ends.

When a Reddit user asked: "If it were offered to you, would you be the next James Bond?" Elba answered: "Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely."

Elba was first linked to the iconic 007 role back in 2012, when Skyfall Bond girl Naomie Harris claimed the London-born actor was in talks with producer Barbara Broccoli.

"I didn't realise that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met [Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond," she said at the time.

Although becoming the next Bond could be a huge career boast Elba, 42, he has been somewhat coy about playing the much-loved spy.

''I don't want to be the black James Bond. Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond,'' he previously said.

Meanwhile, the Wire star has also revealed his favourite Disney film is Mary Poppins. He said: "Classic, man, just classic. The songs, the animation, amazing."