Idris Elba ap­pears to dis­miss Bond ru­mours on Twit­ter

Actor tweets ‘don’t be­lieve the hype’ as an­other slew of stories links him to the film fran­chise

Gulf Times - - BRITAIN - By Jim Water­son

Idris Elba ap­pears to have mocked con­tin­ued ru­mours that he is in line to take over as the star of the James Bond fran­chise, fol­low­ing the lat­est round of me­dia spec­u­la­tion link­ing him to the role.

“My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” the Bri­tish actor tweeted yes­ter­day, af­ter his name was once again linked to the role of 007.

Five hours later, he posted an im­age of Pub­lic En­emy, then tweeted “don’t be­lieve the HYPE”, also the name of one of the rap group’s big­gest hits.

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

The lat­est round of spec­u­la­tion ap­pears to have be­gun with a re­port in the Daily Star last week.

It quoted the di­rec­tor An­toine Fuqua re­call­ing a chat with the long­time Bond pro­ducer Bar­bara Broc­coli, who al­legedly said that “it is time” for an mi­nor­ity eth­nic actor to star as 007 and that “it will hap­pen even­tu­ally”.

The story went on to quote Fuqua as say­ing that Elba could be a can­di­date to take over.

The story was swiftly fol­lowed up by news out­lets around the world, de­spite Fuqua’s agent in­sist­ing that the con­ver­sa­tion with Broc­coli about the fu­ture of the Bond fran­chise never took place and is all “made-up stuff”.

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 sur­round­sound ex­pe­ri­ence.

Craig, 50, took over from Pierce Bros­nan in 2005.

He is signed on to play the char­ac­ter in the 25th Bond film, which is due out in late 2019 and will be di­rected by Danny Boyle.

Elba, 45, has pre­vi­ously dis­missed ru­mours and said he had not had any dis­cus­sions with the stu­dio about tak­ing over the role.

In 2016, he told Good Morn­ing Amer­ica: “I think I’m too old for that. I keep say­ing if it were to hap­pen it would be the will of a na­tion be­cause there haven’t been any talks be­tween me and the stu­dio about any of that.

He said: “Running around in cars and ladies and mar­ti­nis, who wants to do that? Sounds ter­ri­ble.”

Elba: Running around in cars and ladies and mar­ti­nis, who wants to do that? Sounds ter­ri­ble.

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