Fresh from infuriating the world by insulting well-loved and respected black British actor Idris Elba, the James Bond novel writer, Anthony Horowitz was in Manchester for the preview of Manchester Literature Festival.
Horowitz who in a recent interview to The Daily Mail said Elba [Luther, BBC One] is “too street” and not “suave” enough to play James Bond, was in Manchester to speak about his new Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, as it hit the shelves.
Hosted by Manchester Central Library – in the performance room, in particular – the writer was joined on stage by a BBC Radio 4 presenter who chaired the discussion.
In a room packed with Bond loyalists, Horowitz, spoke about working with other authors, the uniqueness of Trigger Mortis compared to Goldfinger and others, women, what inspires him to write and Bond himself.
However, it wouldn’t be fair to dance around the main point of contention for the sake of ‘niceness’ – the main point of course being his comments about Elba. When asked about his recent comments, the Horowitz said the following:
“It was extremely unfortunate that I was asked by the Daily Mail if Idris Elba would make a good bond and I answered he is an amazing actor, which is what I honestly believe. But then I foolishly continued and said I prefer Adrian Lester – another black actor whom I also very much admire – and then I was asked why? My answer was – for somebody who loves words as much as I do – clumsy and it caused offense and I hadn’t realised that it would. It caused such a furore that the whole promotion of the book for me became quite awkward and difficult. Instead of talking about all the things I love about Bond, I was having to sort of apologise over and over again for a mistake. But the fact of the matter is that it was a mistake. It was a stupid choice of words and I’m very very sorry I said it”.
In response, a commentator from Whalley Range who asked to be unnamed said that, “This man is more worried about the promotion of his book being interrupted by the global outrage he caused, rather than actually apologising for what essentially what is a racist remark. He only apologised because his book was being jeopardised, not because of being racist”.
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