Idris Elba Too “Street” For James Bond?

Not long ago Ian Fleming’s estate handpicked Anthony Horowitz to pen “Trigger Mortis,” the next official book in the James Bond literary series. Horowitz has been recently doing interviews about the work, which comes two months ahead of the release of the next Bond film “Spectre,” and his comments to The Daily Mail have raised some eyebrows.

Craig’s future with the Bond franchise is uncertain for now, and people being people have already begun speculating about who might take over the role in the next few years.

“Luther” star Idris Elba has long been the subject of rumors, the actor himself having already said he’s pretty much given up on the possibility. Horowitz however is not a fan of that choice:

“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.”

Horowitz added that he preferred “Hustle” star Adrian Lester for the part. He also goes on about how he was not a fan of the most recent Bond film “Skyfall” mostly because it showed a vulnerable and weak Bond. That is also why he’s not looking forward to “Spectre”:

“‘Skyfall’ is my least favourite. I know it is heresy to say so, but it is the one Bond film I have never liked. Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond…

I’m looking at the [“Spectre”} trailer and I am seeing a photograph of Bond’s family. The mum and the dad are in there and their faces are missing because the picture has been burned in a fire.

This is going to be to do with his family background, and I know the fans are all terribly excited to know more, but I’m saying, ‘Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know’. I don’t want to know about his doubts, his insecurities or weaknesses. I just want to see him act, kill, win.”

Horowitz doesn’t have a problem with Craig as such though, saying “Casino Royale” is the best of the post-Sean Connery 007 movies.

UPDATE: Horowitz has issued a tweet in response to the interview with sincere apologies to those offended by his choice of phrasing.