Idris Elba “Too Street” For Bond?…. Tuuuh
The creativity is just getting more broad when it comes to labeling something “too Black.” Now we have “thug” and in the case of the Bond author vs Idris Elba, “too street.”
Now, let’s back it up a bit. There has been chatter surrounding the casting of a new James Bond, with some even opting for a person of color to take on the role. Idris Elba, in all of his British suave, athleticism and manliness, is clearly a great contender.
However, according to Anthony Horowitz, author of James Bond, Idris is a “terrific actor,” just not the right person for Bond.
His words delivered in an interview with the Daily Mail:
“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.”
Hmmm..interesting. Let’s check Idris’ suave o’ meter:
Here’s one for starters:
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 1, 2015
And mind you, Mr. Elba was a lead star in the film Takers and donned a stylishly, tailored suit while navigating a heist and keeping his cool in hostile situations.
For memory’s sake:
The irony of #AnthonyHorowitz saying Idris Elba was “too street” is that in virtually every magazine spread he’s in a suit or tux.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 1, 2015
Yep, let’s just go ahead and throw this in there to validate the statement even further:
When it comes to acting, ‘Dris can navigate characters from a loving father as in Daddy’s Little Girls to investigative and conflicted as in Luther. Not to mention the stature and poise he displayed while portraying Nelson Mandela in Mandela. Plus, he’s even documenting real-life adventure challenges on the discovery channel with Idris ‘No Limits’.
And if you want to get to know the London-bred actor, producer and DJ even more, this project will be your guiding light.
So, really Horowitz, maybe Idris isn’t your ideal guy for the role. But to pull out a label as “too street” to define your reasoning, well, that’s just weak and whack!
And I, along with a timeline of Twitter folks, do not agree.