Idris Elba Tweets Cryptic James Bond Message After Week Of Speculation

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

It's that time of year again, when Twitter goes into a frenzy over speculation British actor Idris Elba will be the next James Bond.

"My name is Elba, Idris Elba", he joked in the first of several tweets.

However, before we all get too excited, roughly three hours later Elba posted an iconic image of Public Enemy and a tweet that read "Don't believe the HYPE".

It quoted Hollywood director Antoine Fuqua recalling a chat with longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who allegedly said "it is time" for an ethnic minority actor to star as 007 and "it will happen eventually". You need a guy with a physically strong presence. "I mean what do we have to do here?" It's all made up stuff.

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A representative for Elba declined to comment, but a "knowledgeable source" said no one from Elba's team was "aware of any overtures".

Elba, 45, is best known for his work on the television dramas Luther and The Wire, as well as in the films Molly's Game, The Jungle Book, Thor, Pacific Rim, Zootopia and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

He has shot down the rumours in a good humoured manner of the years - including joking that he isn't handsome enough, stating it's "a compliment" and saying it's all "rumour-ville".

Discussing who will or should be the next Bond is a popular pastime among film buffs, and it has ramped up as Daniel Craig approaches his fifth appearance as the famed Mi6 agent.

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