Idris Elba responds to James Bond rumors in cryptic tweet

Daniel Craig

The next movie will be his fifth as the spy

Early Sunday morning, the Luther star tweeted a heavily filtered selfie and wrote, "my name's Elba, Idris Elba" - an obvious nod to 007's signature "Bond, James Bond" line.

It's that time again when there's speculation that Idris Elba might be cast as James Bond.

The tweet was retweeted and liked thousands of times with an hour of posting with fans hoping this could finally be the Bond news they've been waiting for. "I mean what do we have to do here?"

The latest slew of Elba-Bond rumors comes after a report in the United Kingdom tabloid The Daily Star, which quoted director Antoine Fuqua as saying that Elba was, yet again, in the running for the role.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape". "You need a guy with physically strong presence".

However, a spokesman for the alleged source of this quote, director Antoine Fuqua, told the Hollywood Reporter that he and Broccoli had never discussed Bond or casting. "Not sure how it got started", stated the rep. But Elba? The British actor and his team have yet to respond to the rumors.

Elba, 45, made his name in gritty USA television drugs drama "The Wire" and won a Golden Globe for his role as a murder detective in "Luther", before moving to the big screen.

Daniel Craig is set to appear in the as-yet-untitled, 25th Bond picture, which is due in theaters in late 2019.

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