The record had last been set in 1927 by Sir Malcolm Campbell
Is there anything Idris Elba can’t do?
As part of his Discovery Channel miniseries Idris Elba: No Limits, the Luthor actor broke the “Flying Mile” U.K. land speed record that was last set in 1927 by Sir Malcolm Campbell, according to a press release from Bentley, which was more than happy to take credit for the historic event.
Elba, 42, hit a top speed of 180.361 mph – the existing record was 174.8 mph – behind the wheel of a Continental GT Speed.
The record was broken while driving along the Pendine Sands beach in Wales despite “challenging tidal conditions,” says Bentley. To watch it all go down, Elba’s four-part series airs on Discovery in July.
Many are pointing out that this is the kind of feat that only James Bond himself could accomplish. The actor has long been an Internet favorite to take over the mantle from Daniel Craig once his Bond days are over, but Elba kind of wishes everyone would chill out about the speculation: “Honestly, it’s a rumor that’s really starting to eat itself,” he told The Hollywood Reporter back in April. “If there was ever any chance of me getting Bond, it’s gone.”