Idris Elba dismisses latest James Bond casting rumours: 'Don't believe the hype'

Antoine Fuqua told Britain's Daily Star that James Bond movie boss Barbara Broccoli had said 'it is time' for a non-white actor to play agent 007.

FP Staff August 13, 2018 13:41:19 IST
Idris Elba dismisses latest James Bond casting rumours: 'Don't believe the hype'

British actor Idris Elba is stoking speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside, offering an enigmatic Twitter post that fueled the buzz about him becoming the first black Bond. The star of shows such as The Wire and Luther on Sunday posted an artistic selfie under the words "my name's Elba, Idris Elba," echoing the spy's famous catchphrase.

Idris Elba dismisses latest James Bond casting rumours Dont believe the hype

Idris Elba. Image via Twitter

American film director producer Antoine Fuqua stoked long-running speculation about Elba taking on the role last week, when he told Britain's Daily Star that Bond movie boss Barbara Broccoli had said "it is time" for a non-white actor to play agent 007.

But before fans go overboard, Elba posted another tweet a few hours later saying, "Don't believe the HYPE ...."

Elba has been linked to the Bond franchise for years, although he has previously said that he thought he might be too old.

Craig will return for the fifth time as Bond in 2019, in an as yet unnamed movie directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle. It is expected to be Craig's final outing as 007, having previously starred in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

(With inputs from agencies)

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