The name's Elba, Idris Elba

Daniel Craig

British actor Idris Elba fuelled speculation on Sunday that he may be named the first black James Bond, with 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.

The tweet was retweeted and liked thousands of times with an hour of posting with fans hoping this could finally be the Bond news they've been waiting for.

The latest round of speculation appears to have begun with a report in the Daily Star last week.

On Friday, the United Kingdom 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.

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". "Idris has that", was the quote that The Daily Star claimed Fuqua made, and they also stated that Broccoli was responsive to the idea.

Elba, 45, has previously dismissed rumours and said he had not had any discussions with the studio about taking over the role.

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. In 2016, he told Good Morning America: "I think I'm too old for that".

"Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that?"

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