New 007 author Anthony Horowitz (“Trigger Mortis”) probably wishes he could redo a recent Mail Online interview, during which he said that Idris Elba (“Luther”) is “too street” to play James Bond.

Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz told the publication, suggesting Adrian Lester (“Hustle”) instead.

“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond,” he continued. “Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

By the time of this writing on Tuesday morning, “Idris Elba” was the top-trending Twitter topic — and the vast majority of the responses were anywhere but in Horowitz’s corner. Below are 11 of our favorite tweets mocking the quote. Elba is not booked to play the new Bond, but fans have started a noisy grassroots campaign to get producers to consider the “Wire” star for the role.

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