Anthony Horowitz, author of the upcoming James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, which is due to hit book shelves on September 8, has chimed in on the dead and buried discussion of whether or not Idris Elba should be the next James Bond.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Horowitz revealed he did not think Idris Elba would be a good fit to be the next 007. According to him, this was not race related, but rather, due to Elba’s “streetness”.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” said Horowitz, who went on to name another Black British actor in Adrian Lester, as his favorite. “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,” he said.
A question of being suave? The last time I checked, Daniel Craig isn’t suave, neither is Damian Lewis- one of the other top contenders to next play the legendary character.
In my opinion, Horowitz’s statement was/is an attempt to draw attention to the release of his new book. Whether or not he truly believes the statement is another matter, but making such a statement about a week before the release of your book (and five months after everyone had laid the discussion to rest) sure seems fishy.
Whatever the case, I am of the opinion that Idris Elba will make a good James Bond as well as several other really great actors out there. The coming months will reveal who eventually gets the role, but until then, we will be watching closely.