The man charged with writing the newest editions of James Bond novels claims that Idris Elba is ‘not suave’ enough to play the double agent 007.
Yes, you read that right.
Anthony Horowitz, who is writing the future editions of Bonds books, totally dismissed Elba in an interview with the Daily Mail’s Event Magazine, calling him ‘too street’ and ‘too rough’ to play someone of Bond’s debenair sensibilities.
There had been talk for years that Elba would be the first black man to play the legendary British secret agent. but that prospect appears to be dead in the waters after this wholesale denunciation of the award-winning actor and Hollywood heartthrob.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz told the magazine. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
Horowitz is probably peering through tainted lens because of only seeing the Golden Globe-winning actor playing a ruthless and murderous drug lord on the iconic “The Wire” series on HBO.
The writer probably missed Elba score a critically-acclaimed hit embodying the spirit of Nelson Mandela, or as the eponymous detective in the BBC series “Luther” or playing the the off-Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida.”
Maxim didn’t seem to think that Elba was “too street” and “too rough” The famous magazine recently made Elba the first man, black or white, to be featured on the cover of Maxim magazine, during the month of September.
What do you think of the author’s outlandish characterizations of Elba?