Idris Elba ‘James Bond’ Controversy: Fans React To Author’s “Too Street” Remark

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Fans are reacting to author Anthony Horowitz, who’s writing the next James Bond novel, calling Idris Elba “too street” to play 007 in a film. Twitter users are outraged over the writer’s remark, which has been widely perceived as racially insensitive. See fan reactions below.

There have been rumors swirling that Elba is in talks to take over the Bond franchise when Daniel Craig leaves. In a recent interview, Horowitz was asked his opinion about the unconventional casting, and replied, “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond.”

One notable fan who came to the actor’s defense is singer Azealia Banks, who tweeted, “So they don’t want him in cause it’s gonna kill all competition. A white actor simply cannot be bond after idris has. No one will care.” She added, “Once bond goes black, he can’t go back.”

Another singer, Aled Phillips of the Welsh rock band Kids in Glass Houses, tweeted, “Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play Bond? Ridiculous. He’s an actor. Heath Ledger wasn’t a homicidal maniac. Tom Hanks isn’t a toy cowboy.” And a fan named Anita Yandle shared a similar sentiment about actors taking on diverse roles, saying, “Okay Idris Elba could be cast as Mary Poppins and be the right choice.”

Journalist Alphonso Van Marsh believed Horowitz’s comment to be racially driven, despite the author’s claim that it wasn’t. “When one says, ‘It’s not a color issue’ – it’s a color issue,” he wrote. A Twitter user named Queen Luigi agreed, writing, “Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play James Bond?? That translates to, ‘He’s black and we don’t want a black Bond.'”

A fan named MinnieOn referenced Will Smith, whose portrayal of a Nigerian doctor in the recently released Concussion trailer received a ton of backlash on social media. “Idris Elba ‘too street’ for Bond and Will Smith is busy destroying the Nigerian accent for a living right now,” she joked.

A person named Sue London looked on the bright side of things, saying, “On the one hand I’m upset that someone dissed Idris Elba. On the other hand, I’m getting all these lovely Idris photos in my timeline.” Meanwhile, Twitter user @IMM0RTALCTH declared, “I’m not going to watch the new 007 movie if Idris Elba isn’t in.” Finally, a fan named Meg Osborn argued, “It’s funny, because when you look up the word ‘suave’ in the dictionary, it’s literally just a photo of Idris Elba.”

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