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

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

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

Five hours later, he posted an image of Public Enemy, then tweeted "don't believe the HYPE", also the name of one of the rap group's biggest hits.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba", he captioned a selfie, referencing the character's signature introduction, "Bond, James Bond".

After old rumors that actor Idris Elba will be the next James Bond gained new life earlier this week, the man himself has responded on social media to apparently dismiss them.

The latest round of speculation appears to have begun with a report in the Daily Star last week.

The latest slew of Elba-Bond rumors comes after a report in the United Kingdom tabloid The Daily Star, which quoted director Antoine Fuqua as saying that Elba was, yet again, in the running for the role.

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A representative for Elba declined to comment, but a "knowledgeable source" said no one from Elba's team was "aware of any overtures".

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.

Elba, 45, has previously dismissed rumours and said he had not had any discussions with the studio about taking over the role.

Craig will reprise the role of Bond, which he has inhabited since 2005, in the 25th Bond film which will be directed by Danny Boyle.

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

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