Idris Elba Is The Suavest Motherfucker Around, Should DEFINITELY Play James Bond

Anthony Horowitz, author of the upcoming James Bond book Trigger Mortis has launched himself into the swirling internet debate about whether or not Idris Elba should play James Bond. His answer, in case you were wondering, is nah.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, and reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Horowitz said that Elba is “probably a bit too street for Bond.” Don’t you worry! It’s not “a color issue”, it’s a matter of “suaveness.”  Horowitz suggested Adrian Lester, a British actor best known for his role in “Hustle”, a BBC series about a group of con artists, which feels like a half-hearted attempt at proving that he’s, you know, thinking critically about this decision.

While Horowitz won’t have any part in what actually happens with the casting of the next James Bond film, it feels important to note that Idris Elba is one of the suavest human beings alive. The corner of the internet that Idris Elba inhabits is comprised mostly of pictures of him in a suit, for christ’s sake. He’s smooth as hell.

It’s not even worth the effort working up the ire around the coded words Horowitz uses to describe Elba. “Street” is analogous to “urban”. We use these word when we want to speak negatively about blackness in mixed company. Offering Adrian Lester as a second opinion doesn’t negate the language he used, to be perfectly clear.

But really, at the heart of this is the fact that Idris Elba is a handsome, suave, smooth-as-silk gentleman who deserves the job if he wants it. If you don’t believe us, take a look at this.