Tuesday, 1 September 2015

James Bond author apologises for saying Idris Elba is 'too street' to play 007 after actor's fans insist 'he's the definition of suave'

James Bond author apologises for saying Idris Elba is 'too street' to play 007 after actor's fans insist 'he's the definition of suave' 

  • Idris Elba is widely rumoured to be in the running to replace Daniel Craig 
  • Anthony Horowitz had said the Luther star would not be suitable for role
  • Said he believed Adrian Lester would be a better choice for 007  
The author of the new James Bond novel has apologised after he said that British actor Idris Elba is 'too street' to play 007.
Anthony Horowitz, who wrote the new novel Trigger Mortis, told the Daily Mail that the Luther star - who has been rumoured to be among the actors considered to replace Daniel Craig - would not be suitable for the role of Bond.
He has since posted an apology to the 42-year-old star on Twitter, writing: 'I'm really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence. That wasn't my intention.'
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Novelist Anthony Horowitz, left, has apologised after saying Idirs Elba is 'too street' to play 007
The 60-year-old novelist was quoted saying: 'It's not a colour issue ... Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.'
Horowitz said he was thinking of Elba's gritty role in the BBC crime drama Luther, and did not mean to cause offence. He said he believed another black actor, Adrian Lester, would be a better choice. 
Horowitz continued: 'I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I'm a writer not a casting director so what do I know?'
'Clumsily, I chose the word 'street' as Elba's gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.'
However, Horowitz's comments angered Elba's fans, who were quick to express their views on Twitter.
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Elba is one of the actors said to be in the running to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond
Elba is one of the actors said to be in the running to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond
Charles Clymer wrote: 'If Idris Elba is 'too street' to be James Bond, then what hope is there for the rest of us? The man could be in pyjamas and outclass us.'
Margarita posted: 'If Idris Elba is 'too street' then I need to get down to the street where all these suave, beautiful men are,' while Matt Haig wrote: 'Idris Elba is almost the definition of suave.'


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James Bond is 'misogynistic, sexist and very lonely' says Daniel Craig

James Bond is 'misogynistic, sexist and very lonely' says Daniel Craig, who insists he is very different from the spy he plays

  • Daniel Craig has branded character James Bond 'sexist' and misogynistic' 
  • Says his character can't form meaningful relationships, leaving him lonely
  • Craig, 47, is set to play Bond for the fourth time in upcoming film Spectre
  • The actor says the new movie will make the parts for women more empowering 
James Bond actor Daniel Craig, who has described the spy as 'misogynistic, sexist and lonely' 
The role of James Bond has made him a ‘wealthy man’.
But that has not stopped Daniel Craig branding his most famous character ‘misogynistic’, ‘sexist’ and ‘very lonely’.
Craig, 47, who has played the world’s best-known spy since 2005, told Esquire magazine he would bring ‘weight and meaning’ to the role in his fourth outing as Bond, Spectre.
He said: ‘Hopefully my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]. The world has changed.
‘I am certainly not that person. But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the parts as good as you can for the women in the movies.’
For the first time in the history of the movie franchise, 007 has a relationship with a ‘mature’ woman, actress Monica Bellucci playing the widow of a gangster.
And Craig admitted that while Bond might have his pick of attractive women, he cannot form meaningful relationships which leaves him ‘very lonely’.
The 24th Bond film will be ‘Skyfall times 10’ according to the actor, who said it will conspicuously make the parts for women as empowering as possible.
‘There’s a great sadness. He’s got these beautiful women but then they leave. It’s sad,’ said Craig.
‘And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy, that’ s debatable, but the reality, after a couple of months...’
He also admitted he would not like to spend time with his character.
He added: ‘I don’t know if I’d like to spend too much time with him. Maybe an evening but it would have to be early doors. What goes on after hours I’m not so sure about.’
Daniel Craig playing 007 alongside Eva Green in Casino Royale in 2006. Craig, 47, who has played the world’s best-known spy since 2005, told Esquire magazine he would bring ‘weight and meaning’ to the role in his fourth outing as Bond, Spectre
Daniel Craig playing 007 alongside Eva Green in Casino Royale in 2006. Craig, 47, who has played the world’s best-known spy since 2005, told Esquire magazine he would bring ‘weight and meaning’ to the role in his fourth outing as Bond, Spectre
For the first time in the history of the movie franchise, 007 has a relationship with a ‘mature’ woman, actress Monica Bellucci, pictured, playing the widow of a gangster
For the first time in the history of the movie franchise, 007 has a relationship with a ‘mature’ woman, actress Monica Bellucci, pictured, playing the widow of a gangster
Daniel Craig smoulders in new James Bond: Spectre trailer
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In recent years, the film franchise has endured criticism over its treatment of women, with critics calling for the role of the Bond Girl to be updated.
Casting Miss Bellucci, the oldest actress to fill such a role, director Sam Mendes reportedly told her: ‘For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman. The concept is revolutionary.’
The actor is married to fellow actress Rachel Weisz. He has not spelled out his next career move after the Bond franchise
The actor is married to fellow actress Rachel Weisz. He has not spelled out his next career move after the Bond franchise
The latest film will see Bond battle a mysterious organisation known as Spectre. It also stars Austrian-born actor Christoph Waltz as villain Franz Oberhauser, Léa Seydoux as psychologist Dr Madeleine Swann, and Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, the widow of an assassinated mafioso.
Craig, who is married to fellow actress Rachel Weisz said that following Skyfall, the cast and crew were ‘understandably daunted’ after creating the ‘biggest British movie of all time’, and asking themselves: ‘Where do we go from there? How do you process that?’
He said: ‘It could have been an albatross around everyone’s necks. It turned out not to be, but there was a massive amount of pressure at the beginning.’
Despite his devotion to the films, Craig also suggested in the interview that this may be his last appearance in the role.
There has been speculation that the franchise could have a black Bond for the first time.
When asked if he would continue as 007, he said: ‘At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.’
Craig, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, did not spell out his next career move, but confessed the financial benefits had helped ameliorate concerns about being typecast as Bond.
‘You know, it sounds awful but I’ve been left a wealthy man by doing this. I can afford to live very comfortably... I’m incredibly fortunate.
‘But the day I can walk into a pub and someone goes, “Oh, there’s Daniel Craig” and then just leaves me alone, that’ll be great.’
Spectre is released in UK cinemas on October 26.


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Monday, 31 August 2015

Naomie Harris Makes a Statement in Christopher Kane Dress and Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals

Naomie Harris Makes a Statement in Christopher Kane Dress and Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals

While attending the highly fashionable Serpentine Gallery summer party in London yesterday, the British actress looked incredibly chic in a pink Christopher Kane shift dress, which features a plunging neckline and patent leather straps. She paired the fashion-forward dress with a Raowulf clutch and black Giuseppe Zanotti sandals. By keeping her hair and makeup natural, she let her unique outfit do all the talking.
Serpentine Gallery summer party held in Kensington Gardens - Arrivals Featuring: Naomie Harris Where: London, United Kingdom When: 02 Jul 2015 Credit: Joe/WENN.com
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Serpentine Gallery summer party held in Kensington Gardens - Arrivals Featuring: Naomie Harris Where: London, United Kingdom When: 02 Jul 2015 Credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.comNaomie Harris at the Serpentine Gallery summer party held at the Kensington Gardens in London, England, on July 2, 2015
Naomie has been a fan of Giuseppe Zanotti lately, as she completed her last standout look with metallic pumps from the brand. Her latest pair, which we’ve also seen on Jenna Dewan-Tatum, feature patent leather ankle wraps and metal pin heels. You can grab them in silver, but they come with a hefty price tag at Neiman Marcus.
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

'Let's start with a great black actor being Bond': Pierce Brosnan claims producers won't 'allow' a gay 007 but backs Idris Elba to take over from Daniel Craig

'Let's start with a great black actor being Bond': Pierce Brosnan claims producers won't 'allow' a gay 007 but backs Idris Elba to take over from Daniel Craig

There's been mounting speculation about who will take over from Daniel Craig as Bond, when his contract is up in two films time. 
And as fans and movie buffs speculate about the future 007, one past Bond has given his views, with Pierce Brosnan admitting that a complete shake-up could be what the series needs.
Pierce, who starred in four Bond movies from 1995 to 2002, has backed the possibility of a gay 007, but admits he would love to see a black actor take on the role next.
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The future of 007: Pierce Brosnan, who starred in four Bond movies from 1995 to 2002, has backed the possibility of a gay 007, but admits he would love to see a black actor take on the role next
The future of 007: Pierce Brosnan, who starred in four Bond movies from 1995 to 2002, has backed the possibility of a gay 007, but admits he would love to see a black actor take on the role next
Speaking to Details Magazine, the Irish actor was asked if he could picture a gay Bond, and he readily agreed that it was a move he'd love to see the franchise make.
'Sure. Why not?' Brosnan said, but after a moment mused that perhaps the talent behind the scenes wouldn't be quite so keen. 'Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, the Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime,' he claimed. 'But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.'
Pierce, 62, was keen to back one of the leading names thought to be in the running to take over from Craig, who is under contract for one more film after 2015's Spectre, adding: 'Let's start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel will be there for a while yet.'
Support: The actor says he'd be keen to see Idris Elba take over from Daniel Craig once his contract is up 
Support: The actor says he'd be keen to see Idris Elba take over from Daniel Craig once his contract is up 
Pierce was the fifth actor to play the secret agent when he was cast in Goldeneye in 1994. Daniel meanwhile has so far starred in three 007 movies, with his latest Spectre, hitting cinemas this November.
Daniel has been upfront about his desire to leave the franchise, even admitting way back in 2012 that he was close to getting out of his contract before Skyfall was made.
Director Sam Mendes has already admitted that Spectre is likely to be his last, after changing his mind about quitting after Skyfall, but fans should be assured that Daniel at least is under contract for one more film.
Pierce has enjoyed big screen success since leaving the hit franchise over ten years ago, with his latest thriller No Escape hitting cinemas this week.
Quitting? Daniel has been upfront about his desire to leave the franchise, even admitting way back in 2012 that he was close to getting out of his contract before Skyfall was made
Quitting? Daniel has been upfront about his desire to leave the franchise, even admitting way back in 2012 that he was close to getting out of his contract before Skyfall was made
Favourite with the ladies: While Pierce fully supports a gay 007, he admits he's unsure if producers would ever let it happen
Favourite with the ladies: While Pierce fully supports a gay 007, he admits he's unsure if producers would ever let it happen
He may have played Bond four times, but the actor has admitted he turned down the chance to lead another huge movie franchise, explaining to Details that he said no to starring in Tim Burton's Batman films in the late 80s and early 90s, which eventually cast Michael Keaton.
'It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman?' he said.
'Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, "Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously." So, yeah.'
New roles: Pierce has enjoyed big screen success since leaving the hit franchise over ten years ago, with his latest thriller No Escape hitting cinemas this week
New roles: Pierce has enjoyed big screen success since leaving the hit franchise over ten years ago, with his latest thriller No Escape hitting cinemas this week
Promo trail: The star has been busy promoting his new film, stopping by the Today show in NYC on Tuesday
Promo trail: The star has been busy promoting his new film, stopping by the Today show in NYC on Tuesday
Promo trail: The star has been busy promoting his new film, stopping by the Today show in NYC on Tuesday 
No to the tights: He may have played Bond four times, but the actor has admitted he turned down the chance to lead another huge movie franchise - Batman
No to the tights: He may have played Bond four times, but the actor has admitted he turned down the chance to lead another huge movie franchise - Batman
Pierce Brosnan attempts the weather forecast on Today
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