Idris Elba adds fuel to James Bond rumours with cryptic post
The actor is reported to be a leading contender to take over the 007 role.
Idris Elba has added fuel to rumours he could take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig with a cryptic Twitter post.
The Luther star shared a heavily filtered selfie in which only the top half of his face is visible, writing: “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba.”
my name’s Elba, Idris Elba. pic.twitter.com/kEyyaVg8JX— Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 12, 2018
Fans interpreted it as a reference to the famous spy’s catchphrase “The name’s Bond, James Bond”, and immediately responded with excitement, with one writing: “Does this… mean what I think it means……”
Does this... mean what I think it means..... pic.twitter.com/Q1MPookHhW— Red Betty (@LadyGouldian) August 12, 2018
Another wrote: “If you’re the next Bond, it will be the first Bond film I ever see.”
If you're the next Bond, it will be the first Bond film I ever see 😁😍— Jo (@joaemp) August 12, 2018
Another said: “Ticket sales for women 18-74 for James Bond movies just maxed out!”
Ticket sales for women 18-74 for James Bond movies just maxed out!— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) August 12, 2018
One more wrote: “please be 007 dont tease us like this get that contract signed!!”
please be 007 dont tease us like this get that contract signed!! X😘🤗💪😁🙏🤞— JustLyns! (@lynsclo) August 12, 2018
Elba has long been rumoured to be in the running to take over the role of 007, alongside Tom Hardy, James Norton and Tom Hiddleston.
Craig will reprise the role of the spy with the licence to kill for the 25th Bond film, which will be directed by Danny Boyle.
Production is due to begin in December and it is due to be released in 2019.
A representative for Elba has been contacted for comment.