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Twitter Reacts to James Bond author saying Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to Play the Spy

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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When news first broke that Nigerian-British actor David Oyelowo will be playing the role of James Bond in an audiobook (click here if you missed it), the comparisons broke out with people asking why the role wasn’t given to Idris Elba.

Well Twitter users got an answer today and they don’t like it.

Following a digital assault on the computer systems Sony Pictures Entertainment saw a number of emails sent by its staff surface online. One of the emails leaked revealed that Black British actor Idris Elba was one of many actors being considered to take on the role once Daniel Craig cuts ties with the character.

A Bond author Anthony Horowitz has revealed that he feels Elba is incapable of playing the character “rough” and “street” for the role. In an interview with DailyMail he stated:

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.

Azealia Banks had quite a bit to say on the matter.

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Twitter is not having it. See reactions below.

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

36 Comments

  1. Missy J

    September 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I don’t get the racial thingy since it’s still a black guy David Oyelowo…. or am I missing something here?

    • Truth

      September 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Yh, but david oyelowo is only doing the audio version of the book, thats behind closed doors. if it wasn’t announced that he’ll be voicing the character only few people will know, especially those that are familiar with his voice. And those that are not familiar with his voice will not know that it’s a black man behind the voice. Its a strategic move to shut people up, he’s the closest thing to a black actor or any ethnic minority actor as James Bond.

    • Missy J

      September 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you!!!

    • Seriously

      September 1, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Idris Elba is too rough around the edges, he has the vibe/look of a bad boy character. James Bond has a smooth, soft, suave look to him who tries to be bad. Whether it’s racial thing or not, Idris is not the best option to play bond. David, can do audio. No need to take it personal. I don’t mind the James Bond character to be the typical white guy they’ve been using.

  2. bruno

    September 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    everybody will say its because idris is black even when the author clearly stated “its not a colour thing”

    to me idris is too old to be james bond? even daniel Craig is too old to be playing james bond.

    I dont know any young black british actor who can play bond tho.

    must the next james bond be a black guy sef? why can’t the next james bond be Asian guy or arabic guy or a Latino guy? or even better why cant the next james bond be a woman?

    mad woman azealia banks has gone into a mad frenzy as usual. always talking shit.

    • ?

      September 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Bloody hell, get your head out of the sand will you. It is a colour thing and its obvious. Institutional racism is real, and its real in the streets of UK

  3. iSaidSo

    September 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    yall need to LET IT GO!!!!!!!! Idris will NEVER be James Bond…..because he is not a great actor. I have not forgiven that mess called “Obsessed” he acted in with Beyoncé…..LOL!!!!

    because he is black is not criteria to be James Bond. there is depth to A James Bond actor and Idris is very bland. contrary to what you all think…..Idris is quite full of himself and believes his hype too….smh

    • Iris

      September 1, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      That movie was just a wharrahell kinda hot mess mayne.

    • bolaji

      September 1, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Please hol up hol up….Blame the mess that was obsessed on a useless plot (and bey) and not Mr Idris Elba. Lets even remove his fineness, the man is more than skilled in his craft. Take when he played Mandela in long walk to freedom. When i heard he was cast i said issalie he cant do it. But dude stepped up to the plate and shut me the hell up! Till today you cannot tell me that wasn’t a solid Mandela, You just cannot. I’ve seen him in other parts too (the ladies detective club / rock n rolla / no good deed / thor etc). Dude has played a number of different roles to the point that we know he’s a versatile actor.

      if you now want to tell me that he’s indeed ‘street’ and cannot be ‘suave’, i wont take it. PLEASE! which other man makes women swoon and men want to be like him? EHN? he can even take all my money from me and do it with style and sense (and i will allow him) , so please, let the baba stop lying to himself. Even if Idris street like that, he’s an actor. He is very capable of switching to whatever a role is required of him. I’m just tired of awon babas in high places that dont want to see peoples talent for what it is (even when they have repeatedly shown you). Let the man flourish abeg. Even without the role, e go still fluorish #whogoncheckhim RANT OVER

    • Glo

      September 2, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Infact ehhh u have over spoken my mind self. Me i dont understand what all the craziness for idris is all about oo. His acting skills are just average joor..

  4. Ross

    September 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    All these people without work need to chill abeg. They will get emotional and irate if a man so much as says ‘I am a man’. They will call for his head.
    I love Idris Elba, but I get the writers point jor.

    • sigh

      September 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      What point is that exactly?

  5. Amy

    September 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    totally rascist.

  6. Manny

    September 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    What’s the difference between Daniel Craig and Idris? They even look alike sef.

    • O

      September 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Manny, whatever you’re smoking, it’s time to give it up. Lol.

  7. Anon

    September 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Subtle political incorrectness from Mr. Horowitz..

  8. xplorenollywood.com

    September 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    While Roger Moore is the oldest actor to play Bond, he was 45, i agree with Bruno, we need a younger character to play the role, and preferably white. There are some roles that just work for white characters (i am sorry, aside the horrible reviews from Fantastic 4, i cannot imagine why there is a black Johnnie Storm as in!!!) and its not a function of rugged or what not, cos Craig is also rugged but there is that savy, icy look that cannot be bought or taught and i dont think Idris has what it takes to bring it to the character.

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      September 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Nigerians can coon for the gods. Keep behaving like a house negro. Your nigga wake up call is coming soon.

    • BlueEyed

      September 2, 2015 at 12:23 am

      @cryingneversolvedanything My dear, Nigerians and their glorified slave to the white man mentality existing since 1800. Go and see the ones in Europe, very shameful set with their house negro behavior.
      It’s 2015, how do white racists still blurt out the first thing on their mind during this interviews??. The dude didn’t even make any attempt at sounding politically correct.

  9. defcli

    September 1, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    There are only 2 reasons why anyone would say this has nothing to do with color. I see some of these comments and the first thing that comes to mind is “Really, so you live in this world?” Well, its obvious some people, especially those at home who either don’t have to deal directly with any form of racism (institutionalized or otherwise) can’t and won’t just get it. It’s sad though. Back to my 2 reasons 1) You just don’t get it 2) You just don’t get it.
    So keep living in your unreal world and hope that one day, you won’t be in a situation to experience the many unfortunate baggages that come with being your color. @bruno and @Ross, so the author said it’s not a color thing, and we are supposed to take him for his word….right? Ok….I get how y’all think. Wake Up guys!!!!

    • bruno

      September 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      why do we blacks like playing the victim card when we don’t get what we want.

      do u see asians clamouring for the next james bond to be asian?
      do u see latinos clamouring and demansing that the next james bond must be Latino?

      only black people always demanding.
      nicki minaj didnt get nominated for video of the year for her trashy,very embarrassing bum bum shaking video anaconda and she immediately started complaining and playing the “black women” card.
      pls we need to stop playing the race card at every turn. it makes us blacks look weak and desperate for validation.

      I think some things should be left the way they are. james bond is a white british man according to the author who created the character, I think it should remain that way.

      u wouldn’t like it if the maids in the movie the help were all white or if the slaves in 12 years a slave were all white.

      as I said earlier idris is too old. another commenter also added that his acting skills are poor.

  10. ba

    September 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    “What “street” is Idris Elba and can I move to it?” – I mean, let’s all move…
    One can’t even deal with Hollywood. At this point, let the ignorant racists continue to be just as they are. History will be kind to the good ultra suave, ultra smooth, ultra manly, ultra xxxx Elba and it will be through something much bigger.

  11. chi-e-z

    September 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Blake Underwood would make a great 007 …his foine self 😀 but really thoough Daniel Craig is suave? not street rough? really really couldn’t even lie to save ur life. worst excuse ever.

  12. Enkays

    September 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Just because he said “it’s not a race thing” clearly shows its a race thing.

  13. neeka

    September 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    my un-asked 2 cents. Idris is no Bond. would love to see some color in the movie. but they can make an open call and pick someone fresh and train. is it dat hard to find??

  14. Tosin

    September 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    I love “once Bond goes black he can’t go back” hahahahaaa.
    The Idris Elba thing tho, first he didn’t exist, then BN and lots of chics suddenly start saying how sexy he is. Who is he, e.g. what’s his movie or whatever? If you ever see me waltzing down the street with the bloke tho, it’d have to be his personality. How is his personality? Or maybe he has a great voice or sth. David Oyelowo I’ve seen on screen and yeah, I’d borrow THAT cutie any day.

    • O

      September 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Look for Luther, it’s a British detective series. Also, the movie “Sometimes in November”, me thinks, it’s about the genocide in Rwanda.

    • Tosin

      September 2, 2015 at 11:35 am

      merci. and a Mandela film, apparently. Elba research 🙂 coming up.

  15. Tosin

    September 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    but wait, if they really just called a man too street, they’re just racist. because i know white people and their euphemisms. they mean there are rich people and those are the people who they want to sell Bond to, and they mean that those people will hiss and run away from Bond if Bond is now black, and they mean that while they themselves are not racist, they want to make money in a race-bound reality. SUE THE IDIOTS. alright.

  16. Titilayo Olurin

    September 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I know I’ve loved Idris Elba forever! Even before the BN family craze over him or all the James Bond brouhaha surrounding him. And no, I don’t particularly like Obsessed either but I still think he’s a great actor. Plus, he’s fiiine. I mean, who won’t see that? Yes, I’d like to move to that street called Idris Elba. Very much, I would. Thank U!!

  17. bolaji

    September 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Please hol up hol up….Blame the mess that was obsessed on a useless plot (and bey) and not Mr Idris Elba. Lets even remove his fineness, the man is more than skilled in his craft. Take when he played Mandela in long walk to freedom. When i heard he was cast i said issalie he cant do it. But dude stepped up to the plate and shut me the hell up! Till today you cannot tell me that wasn’t a solid Mandela, You just cannot. I’ve seen him in other parts too (the ladies detective club / rock n rolla / no good deed / thor etc). Dude has played a number of different roles to the point that we know he’s a versatile actor.

    if you now want to tell me that he’s indeed ‘street’ and cannot be ‘suave’, i wont take it. PLEASE! which other man makes women swoon and men want to be like him? EHN? he can even take all my money from me and do it with style and sense (and i will allow him) , so please, let the baba stop lying to himself. Even if Idris street like that, he’s an actor. He is very capable of switching to whatever a role is required of him. I’m just tired of awon babas in high places that dont want to see peoples talent for what it is (even when they have repeatedly shown you). Let the man flourish abeg. Even without the role, e go still fluorish #whogoncheckhim RANT OVER

  18. Oyin

    September 2, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Too street is code word for black. I am not a fan of race bending characters. At least have the balls to say you don’t want a black person to play Bond.

  19. mabel

    September 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

    My name is Bond. James Bond. Please Mr author use only whites please please. Sean, Pierce, Craig my favs. If you don’t like it go and do your own James Bond. Use your creative ability. Call yours James Brown and use Edris.

  20. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    September 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Leave James Bond to the whites. How about having a white shaft, or why not consider a black Jacky Chan. Please people need to let some things be

  21. defcli

    September 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Someone earlier said it better “Nigerians and their glorified slave to the white man mentality”. That about explains most of the comments on this thread. It’s a pity though.

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