After he “caused offense” with his remark about Idris Elba being “too street” to play James Bond, “mortified” author Anthony Horowitz has apologized.
The 60-year-old British author, who wrote the latest book in the Bond series ‘Trigger Mortis,’ took to his Twitter page to say, “I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offense. That wasn’t my intention,” Us Magazine reports.
The ‘Alex Rider’ author explained that he was asked in an interview if Elba would make a good James bond and so in the article, he expressed the opinion that Adrian Lester would be a better choice.
“But I’m a writer not a casting director, so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind, but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence,” he added.
Earlier, Horowitz had said in an interview that though the 42-year-old actor is terrific, he can think of other black actors who would do the part of the famed MI6 agent better.
He opined that for him, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part, adding that it’s not a color issue, but is a question of being suave.