Andy Horowitz, the author of the new book of the James Bond series, was quoted by publications saying that the African-American Hollywood actor, Idris Elba, is “probably a bit too street for Bond.” The writer says that the actor is not “suave” enough to play the charming spy. But is it really like that?
The man (Elba), has been on the cover of magazines such as Essence, GQ and Maxim. He actually was the first male ever to appear on the cover of a Maxim magazine. Horowitz isn’t probably aware of Elba’s boom in popularity over the few recent years.
The actor is most known for playing Stringer Bell in the highly acclaimed TV series “The Wire” and Nelson Mandela in “Mandela”. He even has an upcoming role in the next “Start Trek” movie. Few people at Hollywood have a work schedule as busy and impressive as his. Fans and non-fans all over the world have recognized that Idris Elba would make a great James Bond by showing their support and petitioning for him.
To put this in perspective, we need to remind ourselves what were the Internet’s first reactions when Daniel Craig was chosen to play the famous British spy character. Elba’s body of work is far wider than Craig’s was at the time. In addition, the actor is considered a sex symbol, whereas Daniel Craig was hardly even talked about before being placed in Bond’s shoes.
Howerver, Horowitz apologized Tuesday after his words circulated all over the Internet and media sites, saying that he admits calling Elba “too street” was a rather poor choice of words and that he didn’t mean any offense.
The Internet saw this sting as more than a James Bond commentary, it interpreted it as another instance that proves the world isn’t changing fast enough, still following preconceptions about people of color. It stung because the author’s remarks reverberated beyond the walls of Hollywood, and it reminded us that such typecasting still happens in American entertainment and even corporate America.
We can’t help but wonder whether Horowitz would also believe that Sean Connery is “too street”? because the Irish actor is infamously known for proudly admitting that there isn’t anything particularly wrong about hitting women – that was in 1965. He even admitted in a more recent interview that he haven’ changed his mind. Admittedly, that was a long time ago, but it was after he played the role of Bond.
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