'James Bond' Author Anthony Horowitz Apologizes For Idris Elba 'Too Street' Comment

"My comments about Idris have caused offense. That wasn't my intention."

02/09/2015 4:54 AM AEST | Updated 09/09/2015 2:59 AM AEST

James Bond author Anthony Horowitz recently spoke with The Daily Mail to promote his latest novel for the series, “Trigger Mortis.” As part of the discussion, Horowitz shared his thoughts about whether Idris Elba would make a good Bond -- a topic of much discussion of late.  

“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” he told the paper, before naming British actor Adrian Lester as his selection. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

The author's comments didn't sit too well with the public. Many fans shared their disagreement with Horowitz on social media, leaving some to deem his commentary as racist. On Tuesday, Horowitz issued the following apology via his Twitter account:

Shortly after Horowitz's apology, Elba posted the following comment on Instagram:

Horowitz isn't alone in his feelings towards Elba playing 007. Both Bond villain Yaphet Kotto and Rush Limbaugh have expressed their disinterest in seeing Elba play the titular role. 

Read more of Anthony Horowitz’s “The Daily Mail” interview here.

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