Idris Elba is usually mentioned as an ideal candidate to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond, but the latest writer of the spy franchise says the black actor may be “Too street” to pull off 007’s suave fashion.
within an interview with British tabloid the Daily Mail marketing the newest Bond thriller, “Trigger Mortis,” author Anthony Horowitz said he thought of Elba as a “Fantastic performer,” but he’d other black performers in mind who would better fit the bill.
“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I believe he’s likely a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Could it be a question of being suave? Yeah,” Horowitz told the Daily Mail.
Rumors that Elba may be solicited as the first black man to take his martinis shaken, not stirred, gained strength last year after leaked e-mails exposed Sony Pictures Entertainment executives musing that he could be fit to step into Bond’s shoes.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Horowitz said he was “Mortified” to have caused offense.
“I am extremely sorry my remarks about Idris Elba have caused offence. That wasn’t my intent,” Horowitz said.
“Clumsily, I picked the word ‘road’ as Elba’s gritty description of DCI John Luther was in my own head but I confess it was a bad selection of word. I’m mortified to possess caused offence.”
“Trigger Mortis,” establish in 1957 after the events detailed in the the novel “Goldfinger,” will be released Sept. 8.