British actor Idris Elba has fueled speculation that he may be named the first black James Bond, with a cryptic tweet.
“My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” he tweeted, mirroring the super spy’s famous catchline, “The name is Bond, James Bond.”
The message sent fans into a frenzy of excitement, as rumours have been flying that Elba may be named to succeed Daniel Craig as the next incarnation of 007.
Elba, 45, made his name in gritty US 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.
He has been in blockbusters such as “Thor”, “Pacific Rim” and “Star Trek”, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing the title role in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.
Elba has been linked to the Bond franchise for years now, although he has previously said that he thought he might be too old.
Fresh rumours emerged this week amid reports that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said it was now “time” for a black actor to take the role.
However, a spokesman for the supposed source of this quote, director Antoine Fuqua, told reporters that he and Broccoli had never discussed Bond or casting.