According to a report on The Independent, Equalizer 2 director Antoine Fuqua had a conversation with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who said that the time was right for a black Bond, with Elba as front-runner. Fuqua felt strongly about Elba’s chances, and said, “Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.”
Of course, Elba himself has denied – on several occasions – that he has been approached for the gig, but that was a while ago. Since then, many names have been floated for the part. Former Bond Pierce Brosnan said that Tom Hardy would make for the perfect Bond, while Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender have all been thrown into the mix.