His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond?

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Apparently, the article said, the 45-year-old "Luther" star is in the running to play the titular role if the current actor playing Bond, Daniel Craig, retires the part.

Elba took to Twitter with an image of himself that read, "My name's Elba, Idris Elba".

Idris Elba has reignited rumours that he could be set to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig with a cryptic tweet that has sent fans into a frenzy.

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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.

Elba, 45, made his name in gritty U.S. television drugs drama "The Wire" and won a Golden Globe for his role as a murder detective in "Luther", before moving to the big screen.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", he told the UK's The Daily Star.

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Elba's fans were delighted at the news, although the star has yet to respond to any of the many replies to his tweet asking him to confirm that he is indeed lined up to play Bond. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

As the tweet made headlines, he returned to his feed and posted, "Don't believe the HYPE..."

Elba has in the past tended to dismiss the Bond rumours, insisting he is "too old" to take on the role. "I dunno, sounds good to me", he told CNN at the time.

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