The next James Bond? Idris Elba teases fans over casting rumours

Sergio Cunningham
August 13, 2018

In it, director Antoine Fuqua says that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli believes it's time to bring some diversity to the role and has left the door open for Elba to potentially succeed the current 007, Daniel Craig.

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

Back in 2016, Elba called speculation that he'll be the first black Bond the "wildest rumor in the world" and wondered if he was too old for the role.

This time, however, it's the man himself fuelling the fans, posting a cryptic tweet riffing on the spy's famous catchphrase.

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".

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Elba later downplayed the story with a follow-up tweet, but it won't be enough to stall the conversation.

Elba's name has now been linked to the Bond franchise for nearly a decade, during which time Daniel Craig has starred in three films in the series.

It will be the 25th film in the franchise and is slated for release in November 2019.

Rumours about Elba being next in line for the role after Daniel Craig holsters his gun and leaves the franchise for good next year have been swirling since 2014.

Former Bond Roger Moore was also forced to deny he made racist comments about Elba in an interview with French media in 2015.

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