Published Sep 01, 2015Suave, handsome as all hell and an excellent actor, many fans have rightly suggested that Idris Elba should take over the role of James Bond after Daniel Craig steps down. Of course, the concept of a black James Bond has resulted in some racially charged commentary. Anthony Horowitz, who wrote the latest Bond novel Trigger Mortis, has recently come under fire for calling Elba "too street" to take on the role.
Horowitz made the offending comment in a recent interview with the Daily Mail. "For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part," he said. "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."
"Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better," he said, suggesting Adrian Lester for the role.
As could be expected, the "too street" pull-quote has caused a great deal of uproar, and Horowitz has since offered up an apology via Twitter:
I'm really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence [full statement attached] pic.twitter.com/UD6ouA45Uv— Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) September 1, 2015