Idris Elba fuels speculation that he’s the next James Bond

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Idris Elba has reignited rumours that he could be set to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig with a cryptic tweet that has sent fans into a frenzy.

Idris Elba as James Bond is a rumour that's been around for years, nearly as long as that one about Quentin Tarantino directing a "Star Trek" movie.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba" the actor tweeted following widespread media pick-up this week of a British tabloid report that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told director Antoine Fuqua "it is time" for a non-white actor to star as 007.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba", he captioned a selfie, referencing the character's signature introduction, "Bond, James Bond".

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Fans were obviously freaking out, as this is the biggest tease Elba might be stepping into the iconic role yet.

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." Fuqua allegedly said the move "will happen eventually" and Elba is reportedly the first choice to take on the role. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

Craig will reprise the role of Bond, which he has inhabited since 2005, in the 25th Bond film which will be directed by Danny Boyle.

When asked about the reported comments, a spokesperson for Fuqua told CNN, "This is not accurate".

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