Idris Elba fuels speculation that he’s the next James Bond

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A pair of Elba's recent Twitter posts have fueled speculation that the actor will be the next Bond with Elba both teasing and then downplaying the speculation.

"Luther" star Idris Elba is reportedly in the running to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond in the next 007 film.

The actor drove his fans into a frenzy by posting: "my name's Elba, Idris Elba", along with a (super filtered) selfie.

On Sunday, the star posted a series of cryptic tweets in which he poked fun at the idea.

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.

Is Idris Elba set to be the next James Bond?

But while some fans might have taken that as a hint that Elba, 45, would someday don Bond's tuxedo, he followed up hours later with a photo of Public Enemy and another tweet name-checking one of the group's most well-known songs. She was apparently even certain that "it will happen eventually".

"Idris could do it if he was in shape".

When asked about the reported comments, a spokesperson for Fuqua told CNN, "This is not accurate".

The star was previously rumored to take on the role in 2014 following the hack into Sony Pictures' emails.

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