Next JAMES BOND Film May Feature Naomie Harris as the New Moneypenny
Published: July 8, 2011 - 6:13am
Sam Mendes is returning to direct Daniel Craig in MGM's 23rd Bond film, and details about the 28 Days Later and Pirates of the Caribbean actress' role may have finally been revealed.
Early this year, it was announced that director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig have been officially attached to fuel the upcoming 23rd James Bond film, which will continue of the origin story of MI5's Agent 007 as he adjusts to life as one of England's most specialized secret weapons.
Speculations and differing reports have linked Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins, and Javier Bardem to possible nefarious roles in the anticipated sequel to Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, which has been written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Bardem has been the only one to confirm any attachment to the production. Dame Judy Dench, the series' head of MI5, recently revealed that cameras were set to role for the film this November. The yet to be titled project is scheduled for UK theatrical release on October 26th, 2012 and worldwide release on November 9th, 2012.
Last month, Entertainment Weekly revealed that actress Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later) was in consideration to be the film's 'Bond girl,' following in the footsteps of Eva Green, Caterina Murino, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton in the rebooted franchise. Word has now come out that Harris won't be portraying a Bond girl, but has apparently been tapped to bring the character Miss Moneypenny back to the silver screen.
Miss Jane Moneypenny is the confidential clerk and private secretary to M, the head of MI6. She holds the rank of Lieutenant RN, which is a prerequisite rank for this position. She is cleared for Top-Secret, Eyes-Only and Cabinet-Level intelligence reports, the latter of which she is often required to prepare, and in some cases present. M's personal assistant is utterly dedicated to her work, which means she has little time for a social life. A close confidante of her boss, she also enjoys a flirtatious — though never consummated — relationship with 007, whom she understands perfectly.
Lois Maxwell was the original actress to play the flirtatious MI-6 secretary, followed by Caroline Bliss, Barbara Bouchet, Pamela Salem and finally Samantha Bond (during the Brosnan-Bond years).