“My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” he captioned a selfie, referencing the character’s signature introduction, “Bond, James Bond.”
As the tweet made headlines, he returned to his feed and posted, “Don’t believe the HYPE…”
Daniel Craig is set to appear in the as-yet-untitled, 25th Bond picture, which is due in theaters in late 2019.
Craig, 50, previously played the globe-trotting hero in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
His successor has not been named yet.
Elba, 45, is best known for his work on the television dramas Luther and The Wire, as well as in the films Molly’s Game, The Jungle Book, Thor, Pacific Rim, Zootopia and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.