Idris Elba Shows Off Hot Body in Men’s Health—See the Photos!

11/17/2015 at 09:28 AM ET

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Whether or not he becomes the next James Bond —Idris Elba is in amazing shape—perfect for any death-defying spy stunts if he gets the role.

Either way, the actor is dedicated to working out, which he says keeps his life together in the December cover of Men’s Health.

“When I’m fit, I’m more focused,” Elba, 43, says. “I have greater patience and my temper is more stable, so I’m better in almost all my relationships. I’m more vigilant about the s— I put up with. I see clearer. When I’m out of shape, I’m emotionally lazy.”

Getting and staying fit helps the busy star juggle his lead role in the TV show Luther with filming multiple movies. Not to mention balancing the rising Oscar buzz for his lead role in Beasts of No Nation with his home life, son Winson, 1, with girlfriend Naiyana Garth.

But you won’t see him running a half-marathon anytime soon. Elba says he prefers more of a strength-based workout, like kickboxing.

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“Some guys want to be toned or want to jog for miles, but my ultimate fitness goal is to be fight-ready,” the British actor says. “If I step into the ring, could I go toe-to-toe for five rounds? That’s what I strive for. That’s what I consider fit. I want to know that if I’m being wrestled to the ground, I’ve got the strength to fight a man off.”

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“Kickboxing is rugged—it’s all core strength. But when you’re fight-ready, you feel like you can last forever.”

Elba also doesn’t just do a regular old burpee—he takes the movement and turns it up to 11.

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“I do these burpees where you have to stand up, and then you kind of crawl on your hands to the burpee position, burpee, and then crawl back up and do a star jump,” he explains. “I do about 15 of those and then I’m done.”

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And even with his already hectic schedule, Elba says he likes to be spontaneous, and hopes that’s part of what makes him a “man’s man.”

“These days everything is a bit watered down, a bit vanilla,” he explains. “If I want to do something, I’ll do it—breakdancing at the end of a movie trailer, adding a verse on a rap song, racing rally cars. Why not?  If that’s a man’s man, cool.”

-Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Ok–this guy is too dreamy for words…puddle….

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Love me some Idris….!!!

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Gosh he is dreamy. Idris is PERFECT.

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It is no coincidence the way he is dressed for that first picture. That photo screams JAMES BOND! 007? Yes, please!

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WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!! That man right there is fine!!!

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I WOULD DEFIANTLY GO SEE JAMES BOND, HE HAS IT!

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He’d be FANTASTIC as Bond!

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