Controversy Surrounds Latest James Bond Movie; Is The Author Saying No To A Black 007?

Controversy Surrounds Latest James Bond Movie; Is The Author Saying No To A Black 007?
Idris Elba a sebesség megszállotja Lwp Kommunikáció / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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The latest James Bond movie is creating a lot of buzz, mostly for the wrong reasons. James Bond author Anthony Horowitz had made a comment on Idris Elba who was being considered as a choice for the role by saying the actor was “too street” to play 007.


The author of James Bond has aptly realized his mistake and apologized for his wrong choice of words. In response, Elba chose to be polite in his Instagram profile where he wrote, “Always keep smiling! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!” He did not forget to put the screenshot of the apology of the writer.

According to Horowitz, Adrian Lester would make a more suitable Bond compared to Idris. He mentioned, “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.”

According to many, the author was quite insensitive while choosing his words while describing the actor. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coats tweeted, “Just be honest and say ‘James Bond’s being white is important to me;’ and be done with it. Elba is ‘too street’ in much the same way that Obama was ‘too foreign’, and King was ‘too communist’.” It seems that the controversy on the James Bond movie is not going to end soon.

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In his apology, Horowitz mentioned, “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?”

On the other hand, the poster for the upcoming James Bond movie “Spectre” has released and it looks more like that of classic James Bond movies. “Spectre” is expected to released on October 26, 2016.

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