Idris Elba Tweets Cryptic James Bond Message After Week Of Speculation

Priyanka Chopra

Idris Elba has posted a cryptic tweet, fuelling speculation he could be the next James Bond.

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..."

Rumours about Elba being next in line for the role after Daniel Craig holsters his gun and leaves the franchise for good next year have been swirling since 2014.

But while some fans might have taken that as a hint that Elba, 45, would someday don Bond's tuxedo, he followed up hours later with a photo of Public Enemy and another tweet name-checking one of the group's most well-known songs.

On Friday, the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star tabloid published an article claiming that director Antoine Fuqua reportedly said his friend Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli thinks "it is time" for a black actor to star in the franchise.

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

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Fuqua's representatives refuted the story, however, stating that no such conversation ever took place.

Fuqua told The Daily Star,"Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape".

Craig, 50, has stared as James Bond since he took over from Pierce Brosnan in 2005.

Bond 25 is expected to be Daniel Craig's last.

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

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