Idris Elba Addresses Those James Bond Casting Rumors

Oscar Cross
August 15, 2018

Good spies know how to stoke a fire, and actor Idris Elba did just that on Sunday.

Idris Elba has reignited speculation that he could be named the next James Bond actor with a timely cryptic message on social media.

The Luther star has always been thought to be in the running to play 007 after Daniel Craig and on Sunday, he sent the rumour mill into overdrive by sharing a selfie of the top half of his face with the caption: "My name's Elba, Idris Elba".

The tweet was retweeted and liked thousands of times with an hour of posting with fans hoping this could finally be the Bond news they've been waiting for.

Elba most recently starred in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnorak, where he played Heimdall, the all-seeing and all-knowing Asgardian and former guard of the Bifrost Bridge.


"His tweet, "my name's Elba, Idris Elba." resonates with the famous line from every James Bond movie, 'My name is Bond, James Bond". You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

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". Earlier this week, the producer of the film franchise, Barbara Broccoli also stated, "It is time" for a non-white Bond, which further confirms the news.

The director of the James Bond franchise Antoine Fuqua has not confirmed the rumour but fans can only be hopeful.

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

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

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