Call it perseverance — or perhaps denial — but for some reason people won’t let the notion of Idris Elba playing James Bond go. The actor himself, whom I personally think would do a great job — has said he has no interest in playing the part simply to be a “Black James Bond” and it appears the author behind the latest book in the 007 series has no interest in him doing so either. With a rather poor choice of words, Anthony Horowitz told the Daily Mail “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other Black actors who would do it better.”
Like who, you may ask? Adrian Lester, who now stars on “Hustle” but who you likely better remember as Joan’s wayward boyfriend on “Girlfriends.” If you’re as confused about that choice as we are, maybe this explanation of why Horowitz thinks DJ Dris isn’t the man for the job will shed some light:
“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.”
Idris Elba, not suave? Street and rough? In what world? Sure, when he lets his beard grow in he has a rugged outdoors-man look but can we talk about him in “Takers” robbing banks looking like a bag of money himself and the way the man wears a suit? If that’s not suave I don’t know what is.
As offensive as Horowitz’ words were — because we all know what “too street” is a synonym for — at the end of the day I don’t know too many Black folks checking for James Bond movies anyway so Daniel Craig and every other white British/Scottish/Irish actor can have it and we’ll continue to mind our business and keep our rough, rugged Sierra Leonan bae to ourselves.