Idris Elba tweets stoke Bond rumours

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba," the actor wrote.
"My name's Elba, Idris Elba," the actor wrote. Photo credit: Reuters

Actor Idris Elba has teased at the rumours he'll be the next James Bond in a series of tweets.

The 45-year-old actor is best known for his roles in Luther and The Wire.

He has long been the subject of speculation that he could be the next 007 when Daniel Craig wraps it up.

On Sunday morning (local time) Elba tweeted Bond's famous line with his name in place of the spy's, stoking the rumours once again.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba," he wrote.

However, just hours later, he shared a photo of rap group Public Enemy and a lyric from one of their songs: "Don't believe the HYPE..."

In the past Elba has said he's "too old" to play Bond, but in 2014 told CNN he was keen on the part.

"It would be such an honour. I mean what do we have to do here? We have to wear beautiful suits, drive nice cars, chase bad guys and date beautiful women? I dunno, sounds good to me."

Elba has never confirmed or denied being offered the role.

The next Bond instalment, directed by Danny Boyle, is due to be released in October 2019. It will likely be Daniel Craig's final film as 007.

Craig was the sixth actor to appear in the role after Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.

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