'Elba, Idris Elba': Have we found the next James Bond?

 abc.net.au  8/12/2018 10:15:02 PM 

Posted August 13, 2018 08:15:02

It's that time of year again, when Twitter goes into a frenzy over speculation British actor Idris Elba will be the next James Bond.

This time, however, it's the man himself fuelling the fans, posting a cryptic tweet riffing on the spy's famous catchphrase.

"My name's Elba, Idris Elba," he tweeted.

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.

American film producer Antoine Fuqua stoked questions about Elba when he told Britain's Daily Star that Bond movie boss Barbara Broccoli had said "it is time" for a non-white actor to play agent 007.

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

Discussing who will or should be the next Bond is a popular pastime among film buffs, and it has ramped up as Daniel Craig approaches his fifth appearance as the famed Mi6 agent.

It will be the 25th film in the franchise and is slated for release in November 2019.

Elba's name has been doing the rounds for years as fans of the long-running franchise ponder whether producers will cast the first non-white actor in the role.

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.

Former Bond Roger Moore was also forced to deny he made racist comments about Elba in an interview with French media in 2015.

Meanwhile, there is support among many to have a woman step into the role for the first time, with former X-Files star Gillian Anderson a fan favourite.

Anderson sparked her own Twitter frenzy in 2016 by posting a fan-made poster showing her as "Jane Bond".

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

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).

Topics: arts-and-entertainment, film-movies, thriller-films

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