Idris Elba offers cheeky tweets amid latest James Bond rumors

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The next movie will be his fifth as the spy

British actor Idris Elba fuelled speculation on Sunday that he may be named the first black James Bond, with a cryptic tweet.

There have been rumors for years that the actor will take on the iconic 007, but the only thing that's clear is that fans might not want to rely on Elba's social media posts for the answer.

Elba's name has now been linked to the Bond franchise for nearly a decade, during which time Daniel Craig has starred in three films in the series.

Indeed the bets are seemingly off Idris stepping into Bond's shoes (and his Aston Martin) after producer Barbara Broccoli told director Antoine Fuqua she felt the part would "eventually" played by a non-white actor.

Some fans are taking the tease as a hint that Elba is confirming the eventual casting. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

His tweet was retweeted thousands of times by excited followers.

A few hours later, however, the 45-year-old poked further fun at the mounting speculation by tweeting the title of a very famous hip hop track, apparently dampening down expectations.

The online version of the Daily Star's story includes multiple promotions for Fuqua's new business, selling headphones that can be worn in the cinema in order to provide a surround-sound experience.

Elba has in the past tended to dismiss the Bond rumours, insisting he is "too old" to take on the role. Only time will tell, but we're hoping the hype is real.

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