December 28, 2014 10:45 AM EST

Idris Elba, you aren’t helping your cause!

In a self-deprecating attempt to quash speculation that he’ll someday play James Bond, theLuther star tweeted what he believes is an unflattering photo of himself sporting a knit hat and a scruffy beard.

“Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome?” he Tweeted. “Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.”

First of all, the 42-year-old British actor still looks pretty dang good. Secondly, the idea of him taking over for Daniel Craig isn’t that far removed from reality. In one of the leaked emails that emerged during the recent Sony hacking scandal, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal wrote to a fellow executive that “Idris should be the next Bond.”


Elba also gave a thumbs-up to the idea during a recent interview. When asked on Reddit if he’d like to assume the classic role, Elba said, “Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely.”

The high-profile gig, however, won’t be open for a few more years. Craig has reportedly said that he’s signed on for one more installment after Spectre – the 24th Bond film that’s set to be released in November 2015.

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