Naomie Harris says the role of Miss Moneypenny on “James Bond” inspired diversity.
The 45-year-old will take on the role of Eve Moneypenny for the third time in “No Time To Die” and considers it “very important” to portray the character as an “intelligent and capable” black woman.
Naomie told Radio Times magazine, “Growing up as a black woman, images and images on screen were so rare that it is very important to play such an intelligent and capable woman who can inspire other women – and young women.
“It’s a role that I’ve always wanted to play and that meant so much to me. It’s 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 pondered how women’s strength has changed the industry both on and off the screen since the MeToo movement began.
The ‘Moonlight’ star said: “After decades of abuse of women in the film industry, there has been a complete culture change, over … a question of five years. Now there are producers at the start of a shoot who say,” Here we go there is no tolerance for bullying or harassment. ”It’s a completely different environment.
“I can’t trust myself to be a part of it, but I’m proud to enter this profession, to set my own standards and to stick to them.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-wrote the script for “No Time To Die” and sees that the female stars of the blockbuster are under additional pressure because they have to be both sexy and intelligent.
The ‘Fleabag’ creator said, “I think the pressures on Bond girls are different now because they have to deliver everything we used to love about Bond girls, but they have to have that integrity too.”