'My name's Elba, Idris Elba': Actor responds to James Bond rumors

Joann Johnston
August 12, 2018

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

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba", the British actor and star of Luther tweeted on Sunday morning, after his name was once again linked to the role of 007.

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."

The message sent fans into a frenzy of excitement, as rumours abound that Elba may be named to succeed Daniel Craig as the next incarnation of 007.

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.

All eyes will now be on Elba, but what about the other likely candidates for the famous role?

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A representative for Fuqua, however, disputed the report, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting".

In 2014, Elba said of the potential role that it would be "an honor".

The online version of the Daily Star's story includes multiple promotions for Fuqua's new business, selling headphones that can be worn in the cinema in order to provide a surround-sound experience.

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

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