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'007' Author Anthony Horowitz Apologizes For Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' to Play Bond

'007' Author Anthony Horowitz Apologizes For Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' to Play Bond

007 author Anthony Horowitz has taken to Twitter to apologize about his comments concerning Idris Elba being “too street” to play James Bond.

“I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offense,” he wrote. “That wasn’t my intention. I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice, but I’m a writer, not a casting director, so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind, but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offense,” Anthony wrote on his Twitter account.

Read Anthony‘s original sentiments about Idris playing James Bond here if you missed it.

Idris is certainly a fan-favorite to take over the role of the iconic British spy, and we would love to see him in the part!

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  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    Which secretly means he’s too black to play Bond. His loss.

  • luna

    too street or too black doesn’t mean he’s a bad actor big fail for this author

  • sydney jane

    Someone like Ice Cube is too street to play someone like Bond. When Horowitz said “Street,” thought, I thought he was talking more about the cockney sounding Brit, as opposed to the snobby, aristocratic sounding Brit. I didn’t take it as a black thing. And, I think Idris does have a bit of a cockney accent, but he’s a good enough actor where he could easily play the aristocratic sounding James Bond.

  • sydney jane

    Someone like Ice Cube is too street to play someone like Bond. When Horowitz said “Street,” thought, I thought he was talking more about the cockney sounding Brit, as opposed to the snobby, aristocratic sounding Brit. I didn’t take it as a black thing. And, I think Idris does have a bit of a cockney accent, but he’s a good enough actor where he could easily play the aristocratic sounding James Bond.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    Bond was British, period.

  • Kaitlyn

    I guess you’ve never seen Luther.

    This is the new internet. If you don’t pretend that every traditional white character should be played by a female or an African American then prepare to be bashed for no reason.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    I have seen Luther. I liked Luther.

    Point is this. Bond was “street” too! This is absurd. It’s a cheap shot at Idris and a way of being prejudiced and getting away with it for the sake of his beloved books. (sarcasm)

  • sky

    let’s be honest for a sec….what the man really means to say is that this man is black so he can’ t play Bond. Bond is a white man.

  • Von

    Exactly.

    Like the bullshitz he’s a fan favourite, no he’s not he’s the Twitter / blog world going to ram down Pc down your throats favorite .

    Why should a British pop culture iconic role be given to a black actor, blacks aren’t even 2% of Great Britain and all recently immigrated last 40 years into GB

    No one would dare demand White actor given the part of some culture defining part of Chinese or Indian or a African country .

    Take a couple of seats.

  • Von

    This Brtian not the U.S. Not every person considered to be “street ”

    Has to be a gangster rapper from the hood .

  • Benny Ehud

    I don’t know what is culture-defining. But Angelina Jolie played a black woman. Scarlett Johannson is about to play a character from Japanese anime.

  • Benny Ehud

    I don’t know what is culture-defining. But Angelina Jolie played a black woman. Scarlett Johannson is about to play a character from Japanese anime.

  • Von

    No he was white British period .

  • Cha

    He said that Adrian Lester will be a better choice. Maybe “street” wasn’t the good word, but he didn’t say he doesn’t want a black guy and propose a white guy.

  • Cha

    He said that Adrian Lester will be a better choice. Maybe “street” wasn’t the good word, but he didn’t say he doesn’t want a black guy and propose a white guy.

  • Cha

    He said that Adrian Lester will be a better choice. Maybe “street” wasn’t the good word, but he didn’t say he doesn’t want a black guy and propose a white guy.

  • gradybridges

    no. He named a black actor for Bond. He just felt Idris was wrong. He also dislike Skyfall and I bet if you asked him he’d hate Craig too

  • gradybridges

    wrong

  • GroundControl500

    I never thought of Adrian Lester before but he does play a very cool, cool and refined guy in Hustle. He might be perfect.

  • Von

    You don’t know why culture defining.

    why is Superman played by a British actor , Batman played by a Brtish actor both written as American.

    Do you think Bond would be allowed to be played by a non British actor, a American by chance , no

    Ask anyone in the world what they know of Bond and the first if only not the thing they say is he’s a British spy.

    That’s culture defining.

  • sympathy for the devil

    He can’t be worst than Pierce Brosnan

  • Casey C

    Bond already HAS been played by non-British actors

  • Casey C

    Bond already HAS been played by non-British actors

  • Casey C

    uh, Elba IS British. period

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    My point, uh, period.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    Exactly. That’s the whole point, it’s just aged, old, and un-hip. Bond should at least try different. One film at least. And no better man to do that than Idris.

  • Benny Ehud

    I said I don’t know WHAT is considered culture defining. They had whites play Egyptians in d*mn near every movie. They just had whites pay Pharoah in the 2014 film. Whites play non-whites ALL of the time.

    IT IS ACTING!! Anyone can play it. IT IS FAKE LOL

    Honestly, I knew he was a British spy. But I never put together that they only hired British actors.

    I agree. Americans should be played by Americans and Britons by Brits. I will be glad to rid American cinema of Robb Pattison and Kate Beckinsale. I don’t want ANY British actors playing Americans.

  • GroundControl500

    Idris has a very low class accent and I was taken aback when I first heard it. But he is very capable of doing perfect American accents and imagine he could handle a posher English accent as well.

    The rest of the character I’m not so sure fits Idris which is why I personally prefer the type of man Idris appears to be as opposed to the usual James Bond fare. Daniel Craig is a bit rougher than the usual James Bond and I like that so Idris may fit in well with that school of thought.

    There is nothing racist about Anthony Horowitz. His writings and TV scripts reflect, in fact, the exact opposite.

  • GroundControl500

    Trying to turn Horowitz into some kind of racist is obtuse if you know anything about this man’s writing and past scripts and stories.

    Idris is too rough looking and big a man to play what should be a slighter, effete male who takes people by surprise by his physical prowess and strength. Even some previous Bonds were all wrong for the type of agent Bond was meant to be.

  • GroundControl500

    Jolie played a woman who was three quarters or more European.

  • GroundControl500

    The nationality of an actor playing a part has nothing to do with cultural definition as long he is able to play him as the nationality or cultural definition of the character.

    Now if an actor, of any nationality, were to play Bond as an American or a Japanese character than that would be culturally defining.

  • GroundControl500

    Robb Pattison is British? I had no idea. And I guess I didn’t care.

  • GroundControl500

    Good lord. James Bond is not street.

    Honey, you’re the one firing cheap shots and refusing to get off a horse going in the wrong direction.

  • Von

    First off your talking about nationality and people that represent it, never said a black person couldn’t play a Bristish character in a movie which is what your examples are.

    And I’m not going to go into the race of Egyptians or the history of the different races that made up Egyptians.

  • Benny Ehud

    I doubt if Pharaoh was white. I don’t believe he was black. But I don’t believe he was white.

  • Von

    No it hasn’t

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    Right, and that’s what Sean was. (sarcasm)

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    I believe he is working class. And in Brittan when this character was conceived that would amount to that sentiment.

  • Von

    Yes they were , Greeks actually placed on the throne from Alexander the Great , Greek family ruled Egyptians over 300 years.

    Egyptians weren’t black Africans and weren’t middle eastern until the 12 /13 century they were conquered by middle eastern Muslim army’s .

  • GroundControl500

    Yes compared to Idris Sean was completely a “lesser” man. No enemy would have thought him a formidable physical power. One look at Idris and you know you’re getting your clock wiped.

  • GroundControl500

    I don’t quite understand what you’re saying and about whom.

  • FranB

    Ian Fleming’s Bond was not working class, unless by “working ckass” you mean “employed”. The iconic spy was conceived to be of slim build, blue eyes and dark hair. He spoke French and German, was an expert pistol shot and boxer. Please tell me how this echoes “working class”.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    No, you’re right. He was upper class and disliked his domineering and judgmental mother. He was in competition with his brother whom she adored and couldn’t do anything right by her.

    I was wrong about him being ‘street’. He was, however, a piece of work.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    Never mind. I have another character mixed up with James. My bad.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    You’re right. My mix-up. Apologies.

  • Benny Ehud

    OK

  • FranB

    Yes.
    Barry Nelson, American, played the first Bond in a one-hour tv feature before Sean Connery’s portrayal in 1962.
    George Lazenby, an Australian model-turned-actor, took over from Connery in 1969.

  • Von

    Daniel Craig is the around the same age as Idris
    And he’s hip and fit enough , thanks

    ” White old “. Why it ok for people like you to cry rascim but then use white in a pejorative term

    Your rascim is ok because it’s against white people.

    And if just a white character , created by whites for white culture why do YOU want him to be played by a black guy, go invent, write, create your own characters .

  • GroundControl500

    No probs. ;)

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ Jillette

    My “old” I meant it could use a face-life to attract new viewers. You’ve gotten me all wrong.

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