James Bond Author Says Idris Elba Is 'Too Street' and 'Too Rough' to Play 007

Anthony Horowitz says Idris Elba shouldn't play the new 007 spy agent and insists his objection is not race based.

AceShowbiz - Idris Elba is not suave enough to play James Bond, according to Anthony Horowitz, the author who was recruited by Ian Fleming estate to write the newest 007 novel, "Trigger Mortis". "Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better," he said.

"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," the author continued in his interview with the Daily Mail. He considered another black actor, Adrian Lester, as a perfect candidate to play the famed spy.

Horowitz also dissed "Skyfall", calling it his least favorite film in the franchise. "Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That's not Bond," he explained. "Secondly, the villain wins. The villain sets out to kill M - the film finishes with the villain killing M. So why have I watched it?"

Idris Elba was linked to the 007 franchise after Sony Pictures then-co-chair Amy Pascal said in a leaked email, "Idris should be the next bond." However, former James Bond, Roger Moore, didn't seem too keen with the idea as he said, "I think [Bond] should be 'English-English.' Nevertheless, it's an interesting idea, but unrealistic." He later clarified that his comments were taken out of context.

Meanwhile, Daniel Craig who will soon return as James Bond in "Spectre" hinted that the next movie might be his last as 007. "I really don't know. Honestly. I'm not trying to be coy. At the moment I can't even conceive it... At this moment, no. I have a life and I've got to get on with it a bit. But we'll see," he said.

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