Anthony Horowitz is the newest James Bond author and with his book Triggor Mortis being released soon, he shared a few opinions about one of our faves, Idris Elba.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Horowitz isn’t exactly cheering on Elba as a contender for the first black Bond. As a matter of fact, if he had his way, another more ‘refined’ black actor would get the role, because he thinks Elba is ‘too street’.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he said. He offered actor Adrian Lester as an example.
“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.”
Never mind the fact that Elba is the epitome of suave.
It’s obvious what Horowitz meant by his ‘too street’ comments, and needless to say, classism plays a huge role in his comments, especially in British culture.