Naomie Harris has transformed Moneypenny from a timid Girl Friday besotted with James Bond into a strong-minded woman capable of swatting away the super spy’s comments, helping the franchise move forward. But real-life doesn’t always imitate art – especially behind the closed doors of fancy Hollywood offices. However, the Venom: Let There Be Carnage star is trying her best. In a recent interview with the Mail on Sunday, the James Bond star bravely spoke out about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Naomie Harris shared that she was allegedly groped by a huge star during an audition. The 45-year-old actress recalled how the unnamed actor slid his hand up her skirt while she was reading for a part.
But the James Bond actress says the most disturbing part was that the film’s executives allegedly did nothing to intervene, and silently watched it happen. “What was so shocking about it was the casting director was there and the director, and of course no one said anything because he was – he is – such a huge star,” she told the publication. “That was my only #MeToo incident, so I felt very lucky, given how rife that behavior was.”
As nauseating as the incident was, Naomie Harris, who has played Eve Moneypenny in three James Bond films, is hopeful that times and attitudes are finally changing. “I was on a project where there was a #MeToo incident and there was no hesitation. The perpetrator was immediately removed,” she said. However, she declined to name the actor who was removed from the project.
The Oscar-nominated British actress can currently be seen in No Time To Die. The twenty-fifth installment in the James Bond franchise is directed and written by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a script that also features the talents of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis, Scott Z. Burns, Robert Wade. The film was Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the spy after making his debut as James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale.
Starring alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond in No Time To Die are Ralph Fiennes as M, Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as A, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter. New cast members confirmed for the film include Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Armas, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, and Rami Malek
The story is set five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. James Bond is living a quiet life after leaving active service when he is approached by CIA officer Felix Leiter, who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev, a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev has been abducted, Bond must confront a villain whose schemes could lead to the death of millions.
Created by Ian Fleming in 1953, the James Bond series focused on a fictional British Secret Service agent who appeared in twelve novels and two short-story collections. Since Fleming died in 1964, eight other authors have written authorized James Bond novels, the latest being 2018’s Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz. Over the years, the James Bond character has been adapted for television, radio, comic strips, video games, and film. Ironically, early renditions of James Bond featured female characters who were often considered nothing more than props for the leading man to use and throw away. Hopefully, as the franchise continues, viewers will get to see more strong female agents in the realm of 007 super spies.