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‘James Bond’ author says Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Idris Elba arrives at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Valerie Goodloe/PictureGroup)

PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 22: Idris Elba arrives at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Valerie Goodloe/PictureGroup)

MASHABLE – LONDON — He’s long been thought an ideal candidate for the role of James Bond, but Idris Elba is apparently “too street” for the part.

That’s the verdict from Anthony Horowitz, the author of the latest book in the Bond series, Trigger Mortis.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Horowitz, who has the Alex Rider spy novels to his name as well as numerous TV credits, added that Elba was “a bit too rough to play the part.”

“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he said, suggesting Adrian Lester as an alternative.

“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.”

However, a black actor, David Oyelowo will play James Bond in the next 007 audiobook

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