James Bond Author Apologises For Saying Idris Elba "Too Street' For 007

Publish Date
Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 7:58AM
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The author of the new James Bond novel Anthony Horowitz has apologised after he said that British actor Idris Elba is "too street" to play 007.

Elba, 42, who played "Stringer Bell" in the TV show 'The Wire', has been rumoured to be among the actors in line to replace Daniel Craig as the next Bond. He would be the first black actor to play the spy.

"Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better," Horowitz was quoted saying. "It's not a colour issue ... Is it a question of being suave? Yeah."

Horowitz said Tuesday he was thinking of Elba's gritty detective role in the BBC crime drama "Luther" during the interview, and did not mean to cause offense.

"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?" he said in a statement that was posted to his Twitter account.

NZ Herald / AP

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