Last year, it was announced that British author Anthony Horowitz would pen a new James Bond novel based on an unpublished story from late creator Ian Fleming!
Now, the novelist is weighing in on the casting of 007 after Daniel Craig leaves the film franchise — and he doesn’t think a certain heavily talked about contender would be right for the role!
Despite a large amount of fans thinking that Idris Elba would be a great next Bond, Horowitz thinks the Star Trek Beyond actor wouldn’t be the best casting choice!
Insisting “it’s not a colour issue,” the author explained:
“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.”
He may say it’s not racial, but his use of the word “street” has many commenters saying it’s racial code, like saying he’s too “urban.”
Horowitz did offer an alternative casting choice he thought better suited to the role — another black British actor named Adrian Lester.
So whether his problems with Elba are racial or not, Horowitz seems to be against the fans on this one. But it’s not the only popular Bond opinion he’s bucking.
He also revealed that he disliked 2012’s critically acclaimed Skyfall! Even though he thought Craig was “terrific,” the Trigger Mortis writer thought Skyfall made 007 seem “weak,” saying:
“Skyfall is my least favourite. I know it is heresy to say so, but it is the one Bond film I have never liked…Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond.”
We guess we can expect a doubtless, hardcore Bond in Horowitz’s novel Trigger Mortis, which hits bookshelves on September 8!
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