'Elba, Idris Elba': Star's tweet stokes James Bond rumours

'Elba, Idris Elba': Star's tweet stokes James Bond rumours”

And now, Idris Elba has responded to reports that a James Bond producer has tipped him to be 007, posting a cryptic tweet.

On Sunday morning (August 12), the actor took to Twitter to post a heavily-filtered selfie along with the caption: "my name's Elba, Idris Elba", which mirrors 007's famous catchphrase: "The name's Bond..."

Many fans loved the tweet. The original story came from United Kingdom tabloid The Daily Star, which claimed that director Antoine Fuqua spoke with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about implementing a Black James Bond into the franchise.

Daniel Craig's next Bond film is slated to release in 2019 and the film will be directed by Danny Boyle. Apparently, the article said, the 45-year-old "Luther" star is in the running to play the titular role if the actor now playing Bond, Daniel Craig, retires from the part.

Former Bond Roger Moore was also forced to deny he made racist comments about Elba in an interview with French media in 2015.

Some fans are taking the tease as a hint that Elba is confirming the eventual casting.

"Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that?"

Others in the mix including Tom Hardy (known for playing Bane in the Dark Knight Rises and a host of other action roles), James Norton (known for British TV series Happy Valley and Grantchester), and Sam Heughan (the Scottish actor who starred as Jamie in TV drama Outlander).

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