Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Idris Elba Is Teasing Fans About Those James Bond Rumors

Idris Elba Is Teasing Fans About Those James Bond Rumors

The actor posted a filtered selfie - only featuring the top part of his face - with the words "my name's Elba, Idris Elba".

But before fans go overboard, Elba posted another tweet a few hours later saying, "Don't believe the HYPE".

While rumors linking Elba to the role have churned the rumor mill since 2014, fans are taking it as a hint that perhaps all that talk might be true for when Daniel Craig, who has confirmed to play 007 one more time, will leave the mega franchise next year.

The latest round of speculation appears to have begun with a report in the Daily Star last week.

New rumours emerged this week amid reports that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said it was now "time" for a black actor to take the role.

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

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However, a spokesman for the alleged source of this quote, director Antoine Fuqua, told the Hollywood Reporter that he and Broccoli had never discussed Bond or casting.

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

Daniel Craig's next Bond film is slated to release in 2019 and the film will be directed by Danny Boyle.

Elba, 45, made his name in gritty USA television drugs drama "The Wire" and won a Golden Globe for his role as a murder detective in "Luther", before moving to the big screen.

"Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that?" In 2016, he told Good Morning America: "I think I'm too old for that".

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