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

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

Then, on Sunday (UK time), the star offered an enigmatic Twitter post that fuelled the buzz about him becoming the first black Bond.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba", Idris tweeted earlier today, echoing Bond's enduring catchphrase after days of fan and media guesswork.

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.

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. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

"He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting", they told the industry magazine. "Not sure how it got started", stated the rep.

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The discussion has sparked controversy in the past, not least when the author of a recent Bond book apologised for calling Elba "too street" to play the spy in 2015.

Of course, Fuqua's agent later said the quote was fiction.

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.

Daniel Craig is set to appear in the as-yet-untitled, 25th Bond picture, which is due in theaters in late 2019.