Although every female and male Brit’s voice sounds demure and eloquent to the extent that Americans [generally tend to] bestow a kind of royal respect to the person behind the accent—that doesn’t however, lend itself to a Brit black male playing the role of an American (Brit) icon [like] Bond: James Bond.
‘Fall back, and stay in your “Shaft”/Richard Roundtree lane, please’…author Anthony Horowitz may as well had said.
As, to most all of Horowitz’s generation, James Bond is to the Bond legacy as “street tough” Richard Roundtree is to Shaft. I’m willing to bet that was his visual (when thinking of an ‘Idris Elba‘ playing “Bond”).
For his statement during an interview with the Daily Mail published over the weekend, Horowitiz (writer of the upcoming novel Trigger Mortis-about the Bond legacy [quote]
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. 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.”
…Horowitz caught a severe social media lashing-being accused of making racist comments by which he claims he is “mortified” to have offended anyone [to which he posted the following]:
I'm really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence [full statement attached] pic.twitter.com/UD6ouA45Uv
— Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) September 1, 2015
Believe it or not, this incessantly oscillating connection of words of Bond to Elba has always and continues to be