Naomie Harris Offered ‘James Bond 23′ Role

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 1:42 pm,

With the 23rd entry in the James Bond franchise gearing up to begin production this fall, the next few months will feature their fair share of rumored (and confirmed) casting bits for pivotal Bond roles – especially when it concerns the customary parts of the diabolical villain and Bond’s seductive female sidekick.

Recently, a rumor began circling around that actress Naomie Harris had been approached to star in the tentatively-titled James Bond 23 as the new attractive assistant to Daniel Craig’s version of the slick spy. Or, rather, that’s what a British tabloid was claiming.

However, both EW and Indiewire have since confirmed (via their own sources) what the tabloid News of the World originally reported: That Harris is being considered for a role in next year’s installment, possibly that of Bond’s “sexy sidekick”. It ought to be noted, though, that Harris has not yet confirmed whether she has (or plans to) accept said  part – or if she’s actually up for another role entirely. At this point, it’s even possible she’s up for the onetime rumored female villain part in the film.

Harris has proven herself capable of playing a deadly warrior woman onscreen (see: 28 Days Later and Ninja Assassin) and is more than easy enough on the eyes to work as a lovely kick-ass Bond girl. Most U.S. moviegoers are likely familiar with Harris for her turn as Tia Dalma/Calypso in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies – and even with all the makeup she donned for that role, Harris still made that (literal) goddess in human form a sly and seductive character. So if she does end up signing on as the new Bond gal, she could definitely make for a memorable one.

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Harris as Tia Dalma

Names like Javier BardemRalph FiennesAnthony Hopkins, and Kevin Spacey have all been raised as possibilities (or were onetime candidates) to match wits with Craig in the next James Bond venture. As Screen Rant‘s Ben Moore has pointed out, all four of these critically-favored gentlemen have a background in playing genuinely creepy and unsettling serial killers onscreen – so it would seem that the main antagonist in James Bond 23 (the head of Quantum, perhaps?) will indeed be a nasty one.

Other than those villain casting rumors, there’s been little to no information released that would indicate what exactly Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace scripting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – in collaboration with John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) – are planning to deliver with James Bond 23. The most obvious route would be to conclude the overreaching Quantum story arc from the last two Bond films, if only for the sake of closure. Also, many a fan is likely hoping to see a take on the Bond character that’s more similar to Craig’s “modernized” version of the spy presented in Casino Royale – less so to the revenge-fueled killer that he (admittedly, kind of inexplicably) devolved into over the course of Quantum of Solace.

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Bond 23 is being directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition), who is best known for making arthouse fare – though he has proven to be capable of handling more action-oriented material as well (see: Jarhead). That alone puts him in a position to deliver a better Bond adventure than Quantum of Solace head honcho Marc Forster, whose lack of experience in the area of filming coherent action sequences really showed in the last Bond movie.

Expect to hear more James Bond 23 news in the near future as we approach the start of production on the film, which is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on November 9th, 2012.

Source: News of the World, EW, Indiewire

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  1. Yes!!! My third favorite character in the Pirate Franchise! I believe in her. Hope she accepts. :)

  2. I think she’d be perfect! She’s gorgeous!

  3. She’s a good choice, attractive, can act, if this film isnt as good as Casino Royale then Craig goes down in history as the worst James Bond Of All Time.

    • actually, I already regard him as the worst of all time.

      • To be honest, so do I. But I’m willing to give him one last chance.

        • Sorry that honor goes to Timothy Dalton…

          • Actually, Dalton is my favourite Bond, he came closest the Bond of the books, and still managed to make the character likeable. The Living Daylights and License To Kill are both brilliant films. Anything with Dalton in is awesome.

            • I have to disagree, the worst was George Lasenby, but he didnt stand a chance with Pierce brosnan bringing up the rear. Craig has done a good job and is as cold and calculating as the Bond in the books. Dont blame him for bad storylines he is simply the actor.

              • i want michael fassbender as bond. after seeing him in X-Men:FC, he is a total bad-A**

      • oh please!
        This will sound unpatriotic, but as an Australian, I find George Lazenby embarrassing!
        The only time Bond got married?!? WTF?!

  4. DANIEL CRAIG portrayed the character as it was in the novel: Ruthless and stone cold killer.
    SEAN CONNERY portrayed the mature side of Bond. Ruthless but suave
    ROGER MOORE showed only the suave side of him
    GEORGES LAZENBY, a sensitive emotional but effective Bond
    TIMOTHY DALTON, the Dark side of Bond who rarely smiles.
    PIERCE BROSNAN, ruthless, more or less yet suave. 

    Personally, the weakest link may have been Roger Moore. Although I definitely enjoyed him as well. :)

    • I’m sorry, but that isnt true, Craig’s Bond is nothing like the Bond from the books at all, people constantly wheel this argument out and its BS. I’ve read the books, many times, and all of the ones written in the 80s and 90s.

      • Then you simply have a different opinion, I have read the books as well and Bond in the books was like the first film with COnnery and the first with Craig, he didnt screw around with the opposition.

    • What about David Niven and Peter Sellers? Can’t forget them from the original Casino Royale…Ha

  5. @DSB,
    Dalton and Craig showed the dark side of him. Craig’s character is a youg and impulsive rookie spy agent. He has not reached the Dalton’s character maturity. In other words, Craig is the young Dalton in my opinion. Maybe in the next one, he will reach it. Both are similar and Dark. Only Craig is younger version of him. That’s why I don’t think Craig is the worst. :)

  6. This is a terrific idea, Harris is a fantastic choice

    also I like all the Bonds, especially Craig and Dalton

  7. She was great in 28 Days Later I hope she accepts

  8. All these comments just prove why there are so many alterations of the Bond character. Two people can read the same book and get a different feel for the same character. Thank God we are not all the same or every movie would suck.

  9. I approve of this decision.

  10. Hmmm, I think I’d like to bond…with her, er, I mean, my name is Bond, James Bond (well, actually, my last name may not be Bond, but my real first name is James….and she is “double-oh!-Gorgeous!”).

  11. Why on earth are you expressing hope that the next movie won’t be revenge oriented? That was a one shot storyline that was a follow up to Vesper Lynd’s death in “CASINO ROYALE”. What did you expect? For “QUANTUM OF SOLACE” to be another joke like “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”?