James Bond Author Claims Idris Elba is Too “Street” For 007

By September 1, 2015
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It’s hard to find a more iconic film character than James Bond. The suave spy has managed to captivate audiences for decades, and through numerous recastings and phases of the franchise, it’s always seemed like 007 has always managed to be on the pop culture mind. However, the new Daniel Craig franchise has managed to bring the Bond franchise into an entirely new era, with films like Casino Royale, Skyfall, and (hopefully) Spectre - the franchise has attained a much more contemporary, darker tone than most of the previous installments.

However, it looks like Daniel Craig may be nearing the end of his run as the iconic character, and with the search for a new Bond possibly set to begin again in the next few years, fans have already begun choosing who they’d like to take on the role next. The actor at the center of all of these discussions too? None other than Idris Elba.

The choice has of course sparked a lot of controversy over the past few months, and while no one involved in the actual films or Elba himself have commented on the possible casting all that much, it’s clear that he’s the frontrunner among the fans at least. However, it doesn’t look like everyone is on his side as Bond author Anthony Horowitz has come out claiming that he sees Elba as too “rough” and “street” to play the role. He also went on to criticize Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond film, Skyfall, with the following:

“Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond … Secondly, the villain wins. The villain sets out to kill M. The film finishes with the villain killing M. So why have I watched it?“

Now, it’s clear that Horowitz has some polarizing opinions about the Bond world and franchise. In  order to defend himself though, Horowitz recently took to Twitter to respond to some of the hate he’s been receiving for the comments as well. Check out his tweet below:

Truth be told, the idea of Elba being too rough for Bond hasn’t seemed to cross most peoples’ minds, and the only concern that might hold some weight is that the actor is a little on the older side at this point to take on a role that will likely require three or more films from him. Other than that though, it doesn’t seem like there are many reasons why Elba couldn’t take on the 007 mantle. There are, of course, a few other contenders for the role out there right now, with Selma‘s David Oyelowo even set to provide the voice of Bond in an upcoming audiobook, so it’s possible he’ll recieve some more fan support for the role as well in a few months. The search likely hasn’t even begun yet with Spectre set to be released in a few months though, but it’s clear that audiences are already looking towards the future of the franchise, and more specifically, who’s going to be at the center point of this new era. Also, it looks like director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team) has a few words about Elba possibly taking on the role…

It’s hard to disagree with that.

The next Bond film, Spectre, is set to be released on November 6th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • http://geeknation.com/ Mark Reilly

    I don’t care what street he lives on, Idris would be an awesome Bond!

    (He was upset about what street Idris lived on, right?)

  • Damien Malachi

    I would care for Ian Flemming’s opinion more than Anthony whats-his-name. This guy didn’t create Bond. He’s essentially writing fan-fiction. Didn’t know or care who he was before this article, and still don’t care who he is. Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. And as a reminder: There were people who didn’t think Daniel Craig was going to be good as Bond either. Just sayin’.

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    • http://geeknation.com/ Alex Welch

      Exactly, I think Idris would not be a great Bond, but he’d bring a new aspect to the character that no one else has before. I don’t just want the same Bond over and over again, I’d like some variety, and I think Idris would kill it. Whether or not a Bond author agrees with me doesn’t matter.