Naomie Harris: My Miss Moneypenny has inspired diversity

Naomie Harris: My Miss Moneypenny has inspired diversity

Naomie Harris says playing Miss Moneypenny in 'James Bond' has inspired diversity.

The 45-year-old will reprise the role of Eve Moneypenny for the third time in 'No Time To Die' and believes it is "highly important" that she portrays the character as an "intelligent and capable" black woman.

Naomie told the Radio Times magazine: "Growing up as a black woman, on-screen images and representations were so few and far between, so to play such an intelligent and capable woman who can inspire other women – and young women – is hugely important.

"It's a role I have always wanted to play and it has meant so much to me. The film is part of British culture and that's why it's so influential. To play a role that shows the strength of women is a privilege."

Naomie also reflected on how the strength of women has changed the industry both on and off-screen since the start of the MeToo movement.

The 'Moonlight' star said: "After decades of abuse of women within the film industry, there has been a complete culture shift, over.... a matter of five years. Now you get producers at the start of a shoot saying, 'There will be zero tolerance of any bullying or harassment here'. It's a completely different environment.

"I can't credit myself with being part of it but I'm proud of coming into this profession, setting my own standards and sticking to them."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has helped pen the screenplay for 'No Time To Die' and feels there is additional pressure on the blockbuster's female stars as they need to be both sexy and smart.

The 'Fleabag' creator said: "I think there's pressure on Bond girls, a different pressure now, because they have to deliver everything we loved about Bond girls before but they also have to have this integrity."

No Time to Die

163 min | Action

In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. ...

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