English actress and Bond 23 prospect Naomie Harris says the 'classic' Bond Girl character is a thing of the past...

Naomie Harris On Bond Girls

24th June 2011

From tabloid rumour to official confirmation, the news of Naomie Harris auditioning for a role in the 23rd James Bond film moved at break-neck pace earlier this month. The 34 year-old London born actress, best known to moviegoers for her role as Tia Dalma in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies after making her breakthrough in the Danny Boyle dystopian horror "28 Days Later", has given several interviews to the media this week to promote her new film "The First Grader".

In a wide-ranging interview with the Coventry Telegraph, Harris talked about how the 'Bond Girl' role has changed in recent years, and how she does not feel she would be suitable for the classic interpretation.

"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.

"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," she says, giggling.

"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."


Above: Naomie Harris

Harris confirmed that she read scenes from "Quantum of Solace" for Bond 23 director Sam Mendes and long-serving casting director Debbie McWilliams. "I've been the biggest fan of Bond for the longest time. I love the Bond movies. My whole family loves it and they'd be so proud of me," she added.

Shooting on Bond 23 is expected to start in November this year, for release in the UK on October 26th, 2012.