British actor Idris Elba fueled speculation on Sunday that he could be named the first black James Bond, with a cryptic twitt.
"My name is Elba, Idris Elba," he tweeted, echoing the super-spy's famous catch line, "The name is Bond, James Bond."
The message sent the fans into a frenzy of excitement, as rumors abound that Elba may be named to succeed Daniel Craig as the next incarnation of 007.
Elba, 45, made her name in the drug drama of American television "The Wire" and won a Golden Globe for her role as killer detective in "Luther," before moving on to the big screen.
Son of a worker in a car factory in East London, he is now one of the most sought after stars in Hollywood.
He has been in blockbusters such as "Thor," "Pacific Rim" and "Star Trek," and was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing the lead role in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
Elba has been linked to the Bond franchise for years, although he previously said he thought he might be too old.
New rumors emerged this week amid reports that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said it was now the "time" for a black actor to take the role.
However, a spokesperson for the alleged source of this appointment, director Antoine Fuqua, told the Hollywood Reporter that he and Broccoli had never talked about Bond or the casting.
Craig will return for the fifth time as Bond in 2019, in a still unnamed film directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle.
It is expected to be Craig's final release as 007, which had previously starred in "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Skyfall" and "Specter."