Bond girls are known for their beauty and glamour, but actress Naomie Harris, who plays field agent Eve in 23rd 007 movie Skyfall opposite Daniel Craig, promises to bring brains and ambition too to the role.
“It is one dimensional when Bond girls are just glamorous and beautiful. As Bond becomes more human, women in his life have to evolve to match this change. They need to have more potential for a man like James Bond to fall in love with them. He will not be attracted to a woman who is merely beautiful. They have to be equal to Bond,” Harris said in a telephonic interview from Los Angeles.
In the past, few Bond films actresses like Halle Berry, Eva Green, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton have brought more edge to the character and Harris is happy to be part of this growing tradition.
“I love playing strong, independent women onscreen and that’s what drew me to the character of field agent Eve. She is very capable, intelligent and ambitious,” says Harris.
Craig and Judi Dench are returning as Bond and M while Oscar-winner Javier Bardem plays the main antagonist. Harris and French actress Berenice Marlohe help Bond in his mission to unravel another mystery in the Sam Mendes- directed film. 35-year-old Harris, best known for her
roles in Miami Vice, 28 Days Later and Pirates of the Caribbean series, says it was difficult not to get star-struck while working with the famous actors.
It was very intimidating during the first few days. Daniel, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem they all are the actors that I admire. They are top of their game. I had to pinch myself to remain true to my role,” says Harris. The actress says Mendes will add a lot of humour to the story.
“Sam wants to add much more humour to the movie. He is fundamentally known for his relationship stories and that will reflect in this film too. He wants the audience to engage and relate with Bond more. It is going to be fantastic Bond movie.”
“I have been a huge fan of Bond movies. I don’t know anyone who isn’t. They are full of glamour, action and humour. I love the idea of entering the secret world of MI6,” she says.
Harris is impressed with the dedication of her famous co-star Craig. “He is fantastic, has great sense of humour, but he is very serious at the same time. He is dedicated but also knows how to laugh at himself.”