-After his comments received such backlash, he stated "I'm really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence. That wasn't my intention. 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."
-His exacts words being "Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part, it's not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too 'street' for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah."
-Elba, dismissed the speculations by saying: "Honestly, it's a rumor that's really starting to eat itself," earlier at this year at London's British Film Institute. "If there was ever any chance of me getting Bond, it's gone."