Idris Elba's James Bond Casting Once Again Confirmed As A Rumor

Priyanka Chopra

Elba waited a respectful few days, and then threw a little fuel on the rumor fire with a tweeted image of himself and the words: "my name's Elba, Idris Elba".

Elba is best known for TV dramas such as The Wire and Luther, as well as a minor role in the Marvel comic book franchise.

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

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

Daniel Craig's next Bond film is slated to release in 2019 and the film will be directed by Danny Boyle.

While rumors linking Elba to the role have churned the rumor mill since 2014, fans are taking it as a hint that perhaps all that talk might be true for when Daniel Craig, who has confirmed to play 007 one more time, will leave the mega franchise next year.

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

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.

A number of online betting agencies are running odds on who will be next in line, with Elba the frontrunner.

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