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Idris Elba Responds to James Bond Author's "Too Street" Remark + Watch Idris in the New 'Beasts of No Nation' Trailer

Earlier this week, James Bond author Anthony Horowitz’s commented that Elba was “too street” to play 007. 

He told the Daily Mail recently, “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.”
Horowitz later apologized for his remarks about Elba. 
 “I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offense. That wasn’t my intention,” Horowitz said on Twitter. 
“I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know?”
He also said,  “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 offense.”
The British actor had a response of his own and posted a remark on his Instagram page, next to a screen grab of the Daily Mail article. 
He said, “Always keep smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!!"

Idris is currently featured in Beasts of No Nation (due out on Netlix Oct. 16) which brings to life the story of an African child solider named Agu (Abraham Attah) forced to take up arms in a civil war.

In Netflix’s newest trailer, the domineering Commandant (Idris Elba) teaches Agu the ways of war as he prepares the young fighters – his “family” – for the brutal battles ahead. Watch below:

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