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

Priyanka Chopra

Just days after famed James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli suggested it was time to bring more diversity to the iconic spy's lineage, actor Idris Elba is teasing fans with a playful tweet that has many wishing it were true.

Idris Elba as James Bond is a rumour that's been around for years, nearly as long as that one about Quentin Tarantino directing a "Star Trek" movie.

On Sunday, Elba posted a series of cryptic tweets, beginning with a heavily filtered selfie accompanied by the caption "my name's Elba, Idris Elba", a clear reference to the famous line spoken by Bond. As fans of Bond know, that's almost exactly like the iconic "Bond, James Bond".

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Apparently, the article said, the 45-year-old "Luther" star is in the running to play the titular role if the current actor playing Bond, Daniel Craig, retires the part.

Five hours later, he posted an image of Public Enemy, then tweeted "don't believe the HYPE", also the name of one of the rap group's biggest hits. Fuqua allegedly said the move "will happen eventually" and Elba is reportedly the first choice to take on the role.

The director had added, "Idris could do it if he was in shape". You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

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

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

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