New Bond writer Anthony Horowitz has stirred a hornet’s nest on social media by suggesting actor Idris Elba is “too street” to be cast as the new James Bond. Horowitz tried to steer clear of the controversial race issue, suggesting Adrian Lester who played Mickey Brickss in Hustle would be his ideal actor to play Bond.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better.”
“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah”, Horowitz told the UK magazine DailyMail.
However, social media turned heat on Horowitz who was recruited by the Bond estate to write a new 007 adventure in the vein of Ian Fleming’s original.
The author posted an apology on Twitter saying, “I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence…That wasn’t my intention…I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice…Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word”.
Horowitz’s debut 007 book, Trigger Mortis, will be released this week.
Source: Daily Mail
Twitter has come to the defence of the “super cool, classy, well spoken and charming” Idris Elba. Here are some of the tweets in reaction to Horowitz’s comments.
— Anandi A. Premlall (@AAPremlall) September 2, 2015
Personally i think #IdrisElba is super cool, classy, well spoken and charming. so i don't see why he shouldn't get to be 007???? his bae ????????
— Essie (@EssieJOmega) September 2, 2015
— Khaleesi (@Only_Human46) September 2, 2015
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) September 2, 2015