People are once again buzzing about the prospect of Idris Elba playing James Bond. And now, Idris Elba has responded to reports that a James Bond producer has tipped him to be 007, posting a cryptic tweet.
The actor drove his fans into a frenzy by posting: “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” along with a (super filtered) selfie.
Fans were obviously freaking out, as this is the biggest tease Elba might be stepping into the iconic role yet.
— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) August 12, 2018
On Friday, the U.K. 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. 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.
Fuqua told The Daily Star,“Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape. He doesn’t look 45. No one would even know. “When Sean Connery stepped into the scene he was a rough old dude.”
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.” Was this a reference to their famous song about not believing rumors? Is he just feeling some old school hip hop this morning? Only time will tell, but we’re hoping the hype is real.
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