The tabloids first caught the rumor that Londoner Naomie Harris was in the running for a James Bond 23 role when the News of the World ran a loosely worded story in early June. Then the star herself confirmed she was in talks. Finally, all within a matter of hours, EON Productions confirmed to Entertainment Weekly there was some substance to the rumor.
On British radio the other day Harris was inevitably asked about her Bond girl chances. She described her audition for listeners:
“My audition was really great actually because it’s so top secret, the whole Bond thing. I hadn’t realised how top secret it was. I’ve auditioned for a lot of things before but never for something where you can’t see the script, it’s that secret. I auditioned with a scene from Quantum of Solace.”
As well as ‘fesssing up about the Bond audition Naomie said she was 007′s biggest fan and would be delighted to have a role in the film.
“I’ve never played a beautiful vacuous woman. I don’t think I’d be very good at it. So if that was the role, it wouldn’t appeal,” she said in an in depth interview with the Coventry Telegraph.
“But I just don’t think Bond would be interested in a woman like that now. The new Bond has to be intellectually stimulated by whoever he’s having his dalliances with.”
“What makes Bond films work is that they’re responsive to the times. Eva Green’s character in Casino Royale was not scantily clad. She was an intelligent, strong, modern woman.”
“The older idea of the Bond movie is in the past. Now it appeals to all generations, ages and sexes.”
About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)
The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.