Idris Elba offers cheeky tweets amid latest James Bond rumors

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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.

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 has always been rumoured to be in the running to take over the role of 007.

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

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The as-yet unnamed film, understood to be Daniel Craig's final appearance in the role, is due to be released in 2019. Current Bond Daniel Craig, who is believed to have one more Bond movie in his contract, is 50, and Star Trek Beyond and The Wire star Elba isn't too far behind at 45 years-of-age.

It's that time again when there's speculation that Idris Elba might be cast as James Bond.

Fans were obviously freaking out, as this is the biggest tease yet that Elba might be stepping into the iconic role.

Others in the mix including Tom Hardy (known for playing Bane in the Dark Knight Rises and a host of other action roles), James Norton (known for British TV series Happy Valley and Grantchester), and Sam Heughan (the Scottish actor who starred as Jamie in TV drama Outlander).

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