Idris Elba 'too street' to play James Bond, 007 author says

Idris Elba "Too Street" to Play James Bond

The bookmakers' favorite to step into Daniel Craig's blood-splattered shoes as the next James Bond isn't suave enough for the role, according to the author of the next 007 novel.

Anthony Horowitz, whose James Bond title Trigger Mortis hits bookshelves Sept.8, has waded into the debate over whether Idris Elba should be the next actor to get a license to kill. Horowitz doesn't think so.

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In an interview with British tabloid The Daily Mail, the author said he thought Elba was "a bit too rough" to play the part, although he asserted that it wasn't "a color issue."

"I think he is probably a bit too street for Bond," he said. "Is it a question of being suave? Yeah."

Horowitz also laid into Skyfall, the last 007 film (from director Sam Mendes) and the most successful to date, which he branded his "least favorite" and the one Bond title he never liked.

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"Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That's not Bond," Horowitz said. "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?"

He also criticized the premise of the film's final explosive chapter, in which Bond takes Judi Dench's spymaster to his ancestral home in order to keep her safe.

"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? It's that sort of thing that made me angry."

Mendes returns with the next Bond film, Spectre, which premieres in the U.K. October 26 and on Nov.6 in the U.S..

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Idris Elba attends the 'Fashion For Relief' Pop Up Launch at Westfield London on November 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: Idris Elba attends the Fashion For Relief at Westfield London on November 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA NOVEMBER 14 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Idris Elba during an interview on November 14, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The British actor was in the country as part of a tour hosted by Oude Meester brandy. (Photo by Elizabeth Sejake/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 2: British actor Idris Elba speaks to the media ahead of the 'Defeating Ebola: Sierra Leone' conference at Lancaster House on October 2, 2014 in London, England. Britain hosted an international conference today to help organise the fight against Ebola in its former colony Sierra Leone, as a charity warned that five people were becoming infected every hour in the West African nation. (Photo by Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
British actor Idris Elba speaks to the media ahead of the 'Defeating Ebola: Sierra Leone' conference in central London, on October 2, 2014. Britain hosted an international conference on Thursday to help organise the fight against Ebola in its former colony Sierra Leone, as a charity warned that five people were becoming infected every hour in the West African nation. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL/POOL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Idris Elba attends the MOBO Awards nominations launch at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on September 23, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Idris Elba attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Actor Idris Elba attends the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards ceremony in New York September 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STEPHEN CHERNIN (Photo credit should read STEPHEN CHERNIN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Actors Idris Elba and Taraji P.Henson attend The L.A. Special Screening Of Screen Gems' 'No Good Deed' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Screen Gems)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Actors Idris Elba and Taraji P.Henson attend The L.A. Special Screening Of Screen Gems' 'No Good Deed' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Screen Gems)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba reads the poem 'Invictus' during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Idris Elba attends HBO's Official 2014 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Idris Elba speaks on stage at the Spotify in Conversation with Idris Elba on the ITV Stage at Princess Anne during day three of Advertising Week Europe held at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on April 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images For Advertising Week)
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