James Bond author says Idris Elba ‘too street’ to play 007
Another day, another white dude talking about James Bond in coded racism. Today’s contestant is none other than author Anthony Horowitz. The British novelist was recently commissioned by the estate of Ian Fleming to pen a new James Bond novel. “Trigger Mortis” is set to drop on September 8th and, as such, Horowitz has been making the press rounds.
During an interview with the The Daily Mail, Horowitz declared “Skyfall” as the worst Bond film ever for daring to show Bond as vulnerable and human. He then went on to give his opinion of Idris Elba as 007.
I bet you can guess where this is going.
“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.”
Much like calling someone urban, the use of “street” in this instance has some very strong undertones. How exactly is Idris Elba too rough and unsophisticated for the role of James Bond?
Was Idris “too rough” as Luther when he stared down death in one of the most intense scenes of the show?
Is this not the face of suave seduction?
What more do you want, Anthony Horowitz!?