James Bond author Anthony Horowitz, writing for the deceased original series creator Ian Fleming on the latest 007 thriller Trigger Mortis, has made headlines recently in all the wrong ways.
After an interview in which he dismissed black actor Idris Elba as “too street” for the role, it seems he’s ready to make more enemies.
According to a report from Yahoo, not only does Horowitz believe Elba is wrong for the role, but he’s also not that big on current Bond Daniel Craig either, and found Skyfall to be his “least favorite.”
While Craig has met with general acceptance among filmgoers — just look at the box office records he’s set for the character — Horowitz called him a “weak” Bond.
He also had this to say in an interview with the Daily Mail while discussing the $1.1 billion-grossing Skyfall.
(Spoiler alert in case you haven’t seen the movie yet.)
“Skyfall is my least favorite. The villain wins. The villain sets out to kill M (head of the Secret Intelligence Service). The film finishes with the villain killing M. So why have I watched it?”
In spite of all the fussing, however, many critics are in agreement that his entry as a James Bond author could be passed off for an Ian Fleming; it’s so similar in style to the master.
Horowitz was handpicked by the Ian Fleming estate, and the late James Bond author’s own niece said that Horowitz had “written a James Bond book that could have come from Ian’s typewriter.”
That may be enough to keep Horowitz employed for a novel or two more, unless he comes out guns-blazing over Spectre, which releases November 6, 2015, according to Box Office Mojo.
Horowitz’ previous antics were reported by the Inquisitr on September 3.
“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part,” said Horowitz. “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.”
Horowitz maintained that it wasn’t that he thought Idris couldn’t act, but that he just wasn’t right for the role.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz added. His own pick for the part if Bond were to switch ethnicities? Adrian Lester of Hustle fame.
What do you think about this new outspoken James Bond author? Is he right for his role, and are you itching to check out Trigger Mortis?
[Image via Spectre trailer, screen grab]