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Idris Elba offers cheeky tweets amid latest James Bond rumors

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Stacy Diaz | 12 August, 2018, 23:39

Idris Elba took to Twitter Sunday to weigh in on revived rumors that he could be the next actor to play secret agent James Bond.

The 45-year-old Elba, best known for his roles in the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire as well as Luther and Star Trek, is no stranger to the rumors.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba", he captioned a selfie, referencing the character's signature introduction, "Bond, James Bond". Was the actor just teasing his fans then?

However, before we all get too excited, roughly three hours later Elba posted an iconic image of Public Enemy and a tweet that read "Don't believe the HYPE."

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.

Elba's name has now been linked to the Bond franchise for nearly a decade, during which time Daniel Craig has starred in three films in the series. Fuqua allegedly said the move "will happen eventually" and Elba is reportedly the first choice to take on the role.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape".

Production on the 25th Bond film, led by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, will begin in December. According to the report, Fuqua said that Elba could fit the bill.