Idris Elba has responded to the controversy over author Anthony Horowitz's statement that he is "too street" to play Bond in the best possible way.
Horowitz, the author of a new James Bond novel, told The Daily Mail this week that he didn’t think Luther star Elba would make a good 007.
“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 color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
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However, Horowitz responded to criticism of his remarks with an unreserved apology.
“I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. 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 wrote.
"Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.”
Idris, however, does not seem too bothered, posting an article about the exchange featuring a photo of himself smiling with the caption, "Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!! #septemberstillloveyou".