Yeah, those Idris Elba as James Bond rumours were all made up

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The actor posted a filtered selfie - only featuring the top part of his face - with the words "my name's Elba, Idris Elba".

Elba's fans were delighted at the news, although the star has yet to respond to any of the many replies to his tweet asking him to confirm that he is indeed lined up to play Bond.

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.

In a report from the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star, director Antoine Fuqua says that Broccoli believes it is time to diversify the role and that if it does not happen now, "it will happen eventually".

Training Day director Fuqua told the Daily Star: "Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape".

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However, The Hollywood Reporter contacted a representative for Fuqua who denied the report was true.

As the tweet made headlines, he returned to his feed and posted, "Don't believe the HYPE..." According to the report, Fuqua said that Elba could fit the bill.

Craig, 50, has stared as James Bond since he took over from Pierce Brosnan in 2005.

Daniel Craig still has one final Bond film, the yet-untitled 25th in the series, which is expected to begin filming late in 2018.

Back in 2016, Elba called speculation that he'll be the first black Bond the "wildest rumor in the world" and wondered if he was too old for the role. "Who wants to do that?"

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