Twitter reacted to his post with a host of memes, including a photoshopped President Trump holding up a picture of Elba and announcing him as the new Bond, and a proud looking Sean Connery punching the air.
"My name's Elba, Idris Elba" the actor tweeted following widespread media pick-up this week of a British tabloid report that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told director Antoine Fuqua "it is time" for a non-white actor to star as 007.
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The original story came from United Kingdom tabloid The Daily Star, which claimed that director Antoine Fuqua spoke with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about implementing a Black James Bond into the franchise.
Apparently, the article said, the 45-year-old "Luther" star is in the running to play the titular role if the current actor playing Bond, Daniel Craig, retires the part.
"Idris could do it if he was in shape". You need a guy with a physically strong presence.
Daniel Craig's next Bond film is slated to release in 2019 and the film will be directed by Danny Boyle. "Idris has that", Fuqua said.