Nieuwe James Bond auteur over Idris Elba als 007

Idris Elba

Er is een campagne gaande om Idris Elba de nieuwe James Bond te laten worden. Volgens de auteur van het nieuwe 007 boek, is Elba misschien “a bit too street for Bond.” In een interview met The Daily Mail, sprak auteur Anthony Horowitz over Elba en Daniel Craig z’n films. Over Craig zei hij: “Daniel Craig is a terrific Bond. Casino Royale is probably my favourite. Of the films after Connery, it is easily the best. Fantastic. A total return to the gritty seriousness of it.”

Horowitz is geen fan van de vervolgfilms: “Quantum Of Solace just went wrong. Skyfall is my least favourite. I know it is heresy to say so, but it is the one Bond film I have never liked. Why? How much time do you have? Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond. Secondly, the villain wins. The villain sets out to kill M – the film finishes with the villain killing M. So why have I watched it? And if you have to protect the Head of MI6 from a madman, do you take her to a Scottish farmhouse with no weapons? And tell your bad guy where you are, so he will arrive with six people to kill her? And then M escapes and stands on top of a hill waving a torch to tell them where she is! It’s that sort of thing that made me angry.”

Over de trailer van de nieuwe Bond-film SPECTRE zei hij: “I’m looking at the trailer and I am seeing a photograph of Bond’s family. The mum and the dad are in there and their faces are missing because the picture has been burned in a fire. This is going to be to do with his family background, and I know the fans are all terribly excited to know more, but I’m saying, “Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.”  I don’t want to know about his doubts, his insecurities or weaknesses. I just want to see him act, kill, win.”

Tot slot ging hij in op de keuze voor Elba als de opvolger van Craig: “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. 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.”