A chance encounter at the Golden Globes between Daniel Craig and Idris Elba has James Bond fans talking.

Elba, who has long been rumoured to be in the running to take over the role, shared a photo of himself with Craig, who currently portrays the famous spy.

The image featured the simple caption: "Er..."

Fans responded to the tweet excitedly, with many using James Bond puns.

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While Craig is due to play Bond in the upcoming 25th film (with True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga attached to helm the instalment), rumours that Elba will pick up the character afterwards have been circulating for years.

While he's never confirmed the news, Elba has poked fun at the rumours in the past, once tweeting: "My name's Elba, Idris Elba."

The next Bond has also been rumoured to be played by Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill in the past.

Most recently, Bodyguard star (and now-Golden Globe winner) Richard Madden was reported to be next in line to join the franchise.

Richard Madden won best performance by an actor in a television series, drama, for Bodyguard at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. Photo / AP
Richard Madden won best performance by an actor in a television series, drama, for Bodyguard at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. Photo / AP