Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play Bond, says author of new 007 novel

'Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who'd do it better,' says author

Anthony Horowitz, author of new Bond novel Triggor Mortis, has claimed that Idris Elba is “too street” to play the iconic secret agent.

The Luther actor has repeatedly been tipped to succeed Daniel Craig as 007, but Horowitz, whose novel was commissioned by the estate of Bond’s creator Ian Fleming, insisted that he is not well-suited to the part.

“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” the author told the Daily Mail, before suggesting that former Hustle actor Adrian Lester would make a better Bond.

“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part,” Horowitz added. “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.”

Meanwhile, Horowitz also revealed that he isn’t a fan of Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, the most successful Bond film in the franchise’s history.

Skyfall is my least favourite. I know it is heresy to say so, but it is the one Bond film I have never liked. How much time do you have? Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond,” the author insisted.

Continuing with reference to major plot spoilers, Horowitz added: “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?”