Idris Elba at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

James Bond Author Called Idris Elba ‘Too Street’ to Play 007 angering the army of the actors fans

The Wire actor has long been rumored to be a candidate for the coveted role

In an interview with the Daily Mail published on Aug. 29, Anthony Horowitz, the author commissioned by Ian Fleming’s estate to pen the next James Bond novel, aired his opinion on casting for the next Bond movie. When asked about Idris Elba, a fan favorite for the role, Horowitz responded, “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.” He suggested Adrian Lester, the star of the BBC series Hustle, as an alternative.

Author Anthony Horowitz waded in on the casting of James Bond after Daniel Craig exits the franchise.

Asked if it is a question of being suave? Yeah,” he told The Daily Mail.

Horowitz, who is currently writing the next James Bond novel ‘Trigger Mortis’ also revealed that he disliked Sam Mendes’ widely-acclaimed Skyfallmovie, picking apart its plot.

In the wake of Horowitz’s remarks, many people took to social media to call his choice of words, and especially the word “street,” racially coded. Some compared the use of “street” to the word “urban,” which is often used to imply blackness in a narrow and sometimes derogatory way.Many read it as a way of Horowitz implying that he doesn’t envision a black James Bond, without saying it in so many words.



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