Anthony Horowitz caused offence across social media when he called Idris Elba “too street” for playing the next Bond and made a formal apology on Twitter.
The author of the famous Alex Rider book, Anthony Horowitz, snagged the deal of a lifetime. He had been a Bond fan since he was eight years old.
He has been writing the action thriller Rider books. His books fueled by his compassion for the action generated by the Bond movies. Imagine his happiness when the Ian Fleming’s estate asked him to pen down the next Bond novel. Horowitz while being interviewed regarding his new project was asked many questions.
He expressed that there was a lot of pressure of course. The estate wants it as close to the originals as possible. He said that he aspired to do the same. He even talked about adding some characters inspired by the old ones. Money being one of the disputing issues. He said that he had never wrote for money.
He had almost turned down the Bond project because there was too much money involved. He said he didn’t want his writing to get affected by the money. He will be sharing the royalties with the estate this time around which will still amount to over 10 million pounds.
While talking about the next Bond in an interview with DailyMail, Idris Elba was mentioned. Having a claim to fame from his dark detective series, Luther; Elba is a fan favorite to play the next Bond. Horowitz turned down the idea saying Elba was “too street” to play Bond.
Whether he had intentionally tried to refer to his race being a factor in being cast as Bond. That was not made clear. Fans and social media activists however took offence. Horowitz was condemned for his use of words and his words were interpreted into the worst of meanings.
Horowitz officially apologized on his Twitter account for what he said in the interview. He admitted that he had thought at the time that Adrian Lester from British show Hustle would make a much better Bond.
He was thinking about Idris Elba. As he is portrayed in Luther and that led him to imply that Elba was too street to play someone like Bond. In that implication, Elba as Luther was implied as he was in Horowitz mind.
Many fans argued that Idris was more suave and stylish to be the best candidate if Bond was all about class. Many implied that Horowitz had implied Elba’s dark skin. And also African origins to be the cause of the choice between him and Lester.
Is "street" the UK's version of "urban" in terms of coded racism? Idris Elba is a lot of things, but "street" ain't one of 'em.— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) September 1, 2015
"Sorry. What I meant to say was Idris Elba is too" *consults racist euphemism cheat sheet* "urban contemporary to play the new James Bond."— Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) September 1, 2015
Beyond that, it is pretty obvious this guy just wants Bond to be white. Which, you know, fine. Just own it though.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) September 1, 2015
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Horowitz explained that he was not a casting director. He had made a mistake choosing the word ‘street’ to escribe Elba. He expressed himself to be mortified and apologized for his mistake once more. Elba is yet to comment on the whole issue.