At the London press conference yesterday 007 director Sam Mendes confirmed his principal cast, a large number of crew and commented on some of the stylistic elements of the film where possible.

One notable announcement that we thought would quell the rumors (we should have known better) was the announcement that Naomie Harris will play Eve, a field agent, and, we thought this meant she would not be Monypenny. Nonetheless, the Daily Mail have opted for the headline “Moneypenny 2011: First black actress to get role”. Clearly their staff do not believe the news from Harris’ own lips.

“She will play Miss Moneypenny in the new James Bond movie,” they go on to say.

The Daily Mail has learned that her portrayal of the character is likely to be very different from those of predecessors Samantha Bond, Caroline Bliss and Lois Maxwell. It has not been disclosed how Eve becomes Moneypenny.

So far we cannot know if “the plot will see her character become Bond’s foil, Moneypenny,” as the paper claims. This was not one of the details revealed in the conference.

Oddly enough, the journalist is Baz Bamigboye who correctly predicted Albert Finney’s casting. Even if it were to be Miss Eve Moneypenny, that she is in intensive training to play a field agent doesn’t quite stack up with the Moneypenny we know and love.

Further Reading

About James Bond 24 (2015)

James Bond 24 will be released in October 2015. It is produced by EON Productions, with Sam Mendes returning from Skyfall to direct. Daniel Craig is contracted for two further 007 films — Bond 24 and 25 — and will star as the British agent of MI6. Also returning from Skyfall are Ralph Fiennes as M and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Although it is unconfirmed, many expect Rory Kinnear to reprise his role as M’s chief of staff. Roger Deakins, cinematographer, and Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, screenwriters, will not return. The screenplay is being penned by John Logan.

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.