Idris Elba's cryptic tweet has got fans in a frenzy

Idris Elba's cryptic tweet has got fans in a frenzy

Idris Elba appears to have mocked continued rumours he is in line to take over as the star of the James Bond franchise, following the latest round of media speculation linking him to the role.

Elba waited a respectful few days, and then threw a little fuel on the rumor fire with a tweeted image of himself and the words: "my name's Elba, Idris Elba".

The discussion has sparked controversy in the past, not least when the author of a recent Bond book apologised for calling Elba "too street" to play the spy in 2015.

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.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", he told the UK's The Daily Star.

As the tweet made headlines, he returned to his feed and posted, "Don't believe the HYPE..."

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However, The Hollywood Reporter contacted a representative for Fuqua who denied the report was true.

Of course, Fuqua's agent later said the quote was fiction.

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

The 45-year-old Elba has also been endorsed by a former 007.

Craig will return for the fifth time as Bond in 2019, in an as yet unnamed movie directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle. "Who wants to do that?"

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