Anthony Horowitz, author of the James Bond series novel “Trigger Mortis,” due Sept. 8, faced a Twitter storm of criticism recently after making comments about actor Idris Elba and his qualifications to play James Bond on film. After receiving backlash, according to reports, he apologized via Twitter.
In a Daily Mail Interview published Sunday, Horowitz, was asked about actors who could take over the role from the current Bond, Daniel Craig. His response: “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. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence [full statement attached] pic.twitter.com/UD6ouA45Uv
— Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) September 1, 2015
Though the actor being a true contender for the role has remained fodder of speculation and rumor, fans of the actor as well as other critics of Horowitz’s remarks took to social to show support to the actor and denounce the comments:
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Idris Elba in anything other than a perfectly tailored suit. Can’t get more #007 than that… #foh
— ♈̷̴Adamma♈̷̴ (@sweet_mandlo) September 2, 2015
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) September 2, 2015
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 2, 2015
— Jawbreaker (@jawbreakernyc) September 2, 2015
“It’s not about race, you’re just too rough,” a white person says to Idris Elba, a man born in a three-piece suit.
— Patrick Lucas Austin (@patbits) September 1, 2015