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03/09/2015 08:44 BST | Updated 03/09/2015 08:59 BST

Idris Elba Responds To Anthony Horowitz's 'Too Street To Play James Bond' With The Perfect Instagram Post

Idris Elba has responded to recent comments made by ‘James Bond’ author Anthony Horowitz, who suggested he was “too street” to play 007.

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Earlier this week, Anthony - whose first Bond novel ‘Trigger Mortis’ is released next week - was met with a backlash over his remarks, when he suggested that the ‘Luther’ actor was “street”, rather than suave.

Ironically, Idris has now responded to the criticism as suavely as possible, with a subtle dig on his Instagram page.


Posting a screengrab of the headline ‘007 Writer Says Idris Elba Is ‘Too Street’ To Play James Bond’, he added: “Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts!

“Learned that from the Street!!”

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Nicely handled, Idris.

Idris was named as a potential successor to Daniel Craig in leaked emails from Sony, although some critics (namely, y’know, racists) weren’t happy to see a black actor in the pipeline to play James Bond.

At the time, Idris hit back at the negative comments about him, with a mocking post on his Twitter page, joking: “Isn’t James Bond supposed to be handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot.”

Anthony Horowitz has since apologised for his comments, admitting that his choice of words had been “clumsy”.

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