Idris Elba reignites Bond rumours with cryptic tweet

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British actor Idris Elba is stoking speculation he may take over the role of James Bond.

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

Elba, who has been in the public conversation to take the role of 007 after Daniel Craig wraps up with "Bond 25", took to Twitter to respond to the firestorm of chatter about him being cast as the next actor to play the iconic role.

The discussion has sparked controversy in the past, not least when the author of a recent Bond book apologised for calling Elba "too street" to play the spy in 2015.

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In a report from the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star, director Antoine Fuqua says that Broccoli believes it is time to diversify the role and that if it does not happen now, "it will happen eventually".

Well, Elba followed that up a few hours later with another post simply telling fans "Don't believe the HYPE".

However, a spokesman for the alleged source of this quote, director Antoine Fuqua, told the Hollywood Reporter that he and Broccoli had never discussed Bond or casting. You need a guy with a physically strong presence. Is he just feeling some old school hip hop this morning?

The 45-year-old Elba, best known for his roles in the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire as well as Luther and Star Trek, is no stranger to the rumors. "I dunno, sounds good to me", he told CNN at the time.

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