For months fans have been saying that Idris Elba would make the perfect James Bond. He’s British, handsome, and a great actor – so basically he’s meant to play the secret service agent.
Unless you ask Anthony Horowitz, the man writing a new James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis
, based on an unpublished story from the original creator, Ian Fleming.
“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.”
Take a moment to vent your anger, then continue.
Obviously the use of the word ‘street’ makes us uncomfortable. It suggests a racial undertone, even if Horowitz was quick to say to say “it’s not a colour issue.”
But what is wrong with being ‘street?’ If anything having street smarts would make an agent even more qualified for the job. I mean, look at Pierce Brosnan as Bond. That was a disaster, mostly because he just didn’t come across as tough enough to be a secret agent. Also it’s called acting – Elba can act
however the character needs to be portrayed.
Horowitz says it’s “a question of being suave.” Seriously, he doesn’t think Elba is suave? The man who looks like this in a suit isn’t suave?
Are we talking about the same man?
Hopefully Horowitz isn’t involved in casting. Besides, his opinion is trumped by all the fans who are practically begging for Elba to be picked. There is a Facebook page calling for his casting with over 30,000 likes
! And he’s got the experience to back it up. In addition to starring in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
, he’s got a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a couple BET Awards on his mantle.
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