The name's Elba, Idris Elba

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Idris Elba has reignited rumours that he could be set to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig with a cryptic tweet that has sent fans into a frenzy.

"My name is Elba, Idris Elba", he joked in the first of several tweets.

Fans were obviously freaking out, as this is the biggest tease Elba might be stepping into the iconic role yet.

As previously reported, director Antoine Fuqua discussed the possibility during a conversation with producer Barbara Broccoli who said "it is time" for a "non-white actor" to play the iconic character.

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. Apparently, the article said, the 45-year-old "Luther" star is in the running to play the titular role if the actor now playing Bond, Daniel Craig, retires from the part. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

A few hours later, however, the 45-year-old poked further fun at the mounting speculation by tweeting the title of a very famous hip hop track, apparently dampening down expectations.

"Idris has that", was the quote that The Daily Star claimed Fuqua made, and they also stated that Broccoli was responsive to the idea.

Elba is best known for TV dramas such as The Wire and Luther, as well as a minor role in the Marvel comic book franchise. Only time will tell, but we're hoping the hype is real.

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