Idris Elba reignites Bond rumours with cryptic tweet

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Idris Elba has given a cryptic and playful update after a week of renewed speculation about him becoming the next James Bond.

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

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."

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

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.

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Elba has always been rumoured to be in the running to take over the role of 007.

A representative for Fuqua, however, disputed the report, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting".

Craig will return for the fifth time as Bond in 2019, in an as yet unnamed movie directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker 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.

"I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation because there haven't been any talks between me and the studio about any of that", he said.

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