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.
Twitter is not having it. See reactions below.
EVEN WHEN IDRIS ELBA IS IN A BAD MOVIE HE IS GOOD IN IT I’M SO MAD
— Terence Wiggins (@TheBlackNerd) September 1, 2015
i’m just glad my twitter is full of pics of idris elba now
— رکسانا (@roxanaparsa) September 1, 2015
They not trying to let Idris Elba be great! I was just tying to wake up on a non-racist note!!!
— Jordan Bailey (@jordan_bailey45) September 1, 2015
If Idris Elba were any more suave he’d be a bottle of reasonably priced shampoo
— Heather Domin (@heatherdomin) September 1, 2015
What “street” is Idris Elba and can I move to it?
— Ryan Case (@film114) September 1, 2015
Idris Elba is almost the DEFINITION of suave.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) September 1, 2015
If Idris Elba isn’t considered suave, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
— Chrisbookarama (@chrisbookarama) September 1, 2015
I dare you to find a more handsome, dashing, elegant actor than Idris Elba. You won’t.
— Lyn Marie B. (@LawLibNC) September 1, 2015
idris elba is “too street” to be 007, but christian bale can play an egyptian pharaoh, jake gyllenhaal can play a persian prince,
— cactus (@cactinho) September 1, 2015
guys I look at my feed and there’s talk of idris elba as james bond and I need to know if this is happening or not my heart can’t take it
— Duchess of Beefcake (@tthcomic) September 1, 2015