In an interview with the Daily Mail, Anthony Horowitz — an author tasked with writing the new James Bond novel — said actor Idris Elba is too “street” to play James Bond.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor,” Horowitz said, “but I can think of other black actors who would do it better.”
(Horowitz cites Adrian Lester, star of Hustle.)
“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part,” Horowitz said. “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.”
Let’s stop right here for a second, and set aside the fact that Idris Elba is a British actor who is the human embodiment of a cashmere sweater.
idris elba looks the way new leather smells and cashmere sweaters feel pic.twitter.com/6G7k3QP1sp
— Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopienne) August 4, 2015
Let’s set aside the fact that Horowitz’s quote about Elba being too “street” is dripping in code.
Let’s instead look at this right here.
“Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
Idris Elba isn’t suave?
The guy that inspires a million thirst tweets just by walking outside.