Hypothesis that the 45-year-old is in line to be the principal dark on-screen character to play British government agent 007 has been seething after the chief Antoine Fuqua guaranteed Bond maker Barbara Broccoli needed to cast a dark performing artist in the part and recommended Idris as a possible competitor.

The Thor star has himself fanned the blazes with mysterious web based life posts, and by playing the Bond subject amid a DJ set in Ibiza.