Idris Elba responds drily to Bond author’s controversial ‘too street’ comments

Bond author Anthony Horowitz recently claimed Elba is 'too street' to play 007

Idris Elba has responded to Bond author Anthony Horowitz’s recent comments claiming he is “too street” to play the iconic secret agent.

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

“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part,” Horowitz said in a recent interview. “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 has since apologised to Elba, writing: “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.”

Elba has now shared his thoughts on Horowitz’s comments on Instagram, posting a screenshot of one of the many “too street” headlines with the caption: “Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!!”

Trigger Mortis is due to be published on September 8. The book is set in 1957 against the backdrop of the space race, and Horowitz has used previously unpublished material written by Ian Fleming in producing the book’s opening chapter.