Idris Elba appears to dismiss James Bond rumours on Twitter


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.

Fans have been calling for Elba to play Bond for years now, but it isn't looking promising at this point.

A few days ago, a report in British tabloid The Daily Star hinted that Elba could be under consideration to play super-spy James Bond after Daniel Craig's next - and last - film.

Hours later, the star got even more vaguer firs sharing an image of the rap group Public Enemy followed quickly by one of their lyrics, "Don't Believe The HYPE".

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There have been rumors for years that the actor will take on the iconic 007, but the only thing that's clear is that fans might not want to rely on Elba's social media posts for the answer.

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. "Idris has that", Fuqua said.

Craig will return for the fifth time as Bond in 2019, in an as yet unnamed movie directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle.

Elba, 45, is best known for his work on the television dramas Luther and The Wire, as well as in the films Molly's Game, The Jungle Book, Thor, Pacific Rim, Zootopia and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. In 2016, he told Good Morning America: "I think I'm too old for that".