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A couple of months ago, rumors began to surface that Idris Elba could play James Bond in the next 007 film, making him the first African-American ‘Bond’. While those were just rumors, 007’s current author, Anthony Horowitz, shut them down yesterday by saying that Idris Elba is ‘Too Street’ to play James Bond:

Reports the Huff Post:

In comments reported by the Mail Online, Horowitz said: “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” [Horowitz names Adrian Lester, star of Hustle as his preferred choice.]

He adds: “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.”

Elba for his part, has made no secret of his desire to play Bond, though earlier this year the 42-year-old lamented he no longer believed it was a possibility.

Twitter erupted:

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