Since, however, inclinations that Elba might be the first non-white Bond have subsided, until recently.
His name has been in the running for several years to play the most famous secret agent in film - but it looks like Idris Elba may well scoop the role of his career, according to recent reports.
Fuqua detailed a conversation he had with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli at the launch of his new business venture, SoundFi, and said Broccoli felt that the time had come for an actor of an ethnic background to play the legendary spy and felt that it was not an "if" but a "when".
Broccoli said "it will happen eventually", Fuqua told the paper.
Elba's name has always been tossed around as an ideal candidate.
Eon Productions, maker of the James Bond films, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. You need a guy with a physically strong presence. (Current star Daniel Craig is 50.) This January, Elba suggested the Bond role could one day be played by a woman.
Elba is best known for his work as Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire, BBC's Luther, and Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The latest Bond film is scheduled to reach United Kingdom cinemas on October 25, 2019.