Idris Elba, the actor fans desire in every upcoming film, and rightfully so. The most common request is that the Pacific Rim star become the famed 007 once Daniel Craig finishes his contract that is currently set to release its fourth installment with Spectre opening in theaters this winter. When The Daily Mail got a chance to talk with the author of the newest James Bond book “Trigger Mortis” Anthony Horowitz, he had some choice opinions on the idea of Bond being one Idris Elba. Without taking the quote out of context, here is his response to the Elba rumors:
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. 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.”
I can respect that it is clear it is not an issue of color, but Idris Elba not suave?? Come on dude. I have to assume that Horowitz, being a writer and such a rabid fan of James Bond since its inception that his visualizations of Bond are more swayed than others. When I think of James Bond being suave, I think of him dressing fresh to death (literally) with an unflinching charm as he shoots terrorists in the head only to drive off in his Aston Martin.
I think what would have made this dude’s comments more understandable is if he gave even one example other than Elba for the role. Who has the talent on par with Elba’s that could carry a James Bond film? Not to mention, it’s acting! Elba could easily work on the whole suave thing if he really had to, I mean come on Horowitz, lighten up with the crap.
Only three hours ago, Horowitz made a twitter apology stating he meant no harm by the remarks and I think we should all get that, but in this day in age, everything is under a magnifying glass dude. Also, calling a man “street” never bodes well for the speaker. There are far too many adjectives in the English language to describe someone and because you think they aren’t suave, “street” doesn’t fly with most people.
Either way, I just want James Bond to be a quality actor after Craig, we shouldn’t care who it is so long they are quality actors and the stories for the films are quality as is the talent that will eventually surround it.