Idris Elba has been odds-on to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond for a while now, but even the star of his new movie, Aml Ameen, is getting sick of the speculation.
“I really hope [Idris Elba] is Bond. I think he deserves it,” said Ameen in an interview with Channel 4 News.
“I think the country loves him, the country’s behind him… he was at the royal wedding for God’s sake.
“Just hurry up and make him Bond. James Bond!”
Yardie is Elba’s directorial debut and tells the story of a young Jamaican’s rise from the streets of London to the top of the drug-dealing underworld.
Based on the first novel by Jamaican-born British writer Victor Headley, Elba’s film is set mostly in 1980s Hackney and draws on his own experience growing up in East London during the same period.
Last week, Elba teased Bond fans with a pair of cryptic tweets which appeared to both confirm and deny he was set to become 007.
Elba shared a stylised cartoon-like image of himself looking into the camera and captioned it: “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba.”
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Fans had suggested he was copying the suave spy’s signature catchphrase: “The name’s Bond. James Bond.”
However, later that same day (August 12) he tweeted “Don’t believe the HYPE” alongside a picture of iconic hip-hop group Public Enemy.
Now, is that a reference to one of his favourite Public Enemy hits? Or does it mean he’s just really into confusing everyone?
Sadly, we won’t know for a while…
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