‘James Bond’ Author Apologizes For Idris Elba “Too Street” Comment

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By Andrew Shuster

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Anthony Horowitz, author of an upcoming James Bond novel, is now apologizing for a recent comment he made about Idris Elba being “too street” to play the role of the debonair 007 spy. Horowitz took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify his remark.

As Gossip Cop reported earlier, Horowitz was asked his opinion in an interview about rumors of Elba taking over the Bond franchise when Daniel Craig eventually leaves. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part,” Horowitz answered. “It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond.” The writer’s comment received a ton of online backlash for being racially insensitive.

Horowitz has since written an apology and posted it on Twitter. “I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence,” he wrote. “That wasn’t my intention. I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond.” The author explained, “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?” Lester happens to also be a black English actor, and is best known for his role on the BBC crime drama “Hustle.” Horowitz continued, “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 offence.”

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