Anthony Horowitz is the newest James Bond author and with his book Triggor Mortis being released soon, he shared a few opinions about one of our faves, Idris Elba.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Horowitz isn’t exactly cheering on Elba as a contender for the first black Bond. As a matter of fact, if he had his way, another more ‘refined’ black actor would get the role, because he thinks Elba is ‘too street’.

“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he said. He offered actor Adrian Lester as an example.

“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.”

Never mind the fact that Elba is the epitome of suave.

It’s obvious what Horowitz meant by his ‘too street’ comments, and needless to say, classism plays a huge role in his comments, especially in British culture.

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  • Leahvh

    I sided with the majority of comments when I first read this. But 1) Idris in British shows/movies is grimier than US works and 2) The author likes his Bond actors tame and also didn’t like Daniel Craig (who I thought made an excellent Bond). I think this is mainly if not entirely a guy who prefers a prim and proper Bond sans edge and actually believe his apology:

    “I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence,” he wrote. “That wasn’t my intention. I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? 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. I am mortified to have caused offence.”

    I don’t expect clumsy word choice from a writer, but perhaps this is why he makes his money keeping his mouth shut. I agree that the setup for racism and classism is there, but I don’t think this is a blatant example – no matter how much I love me some Idris and know that he’d be the best Bond ever.

  • FromTokyo

    Uh…yeah, we actually possess a dictionary for your code words, Anthony.
    You tried it.