Naomie Harris Is Moneypenny In “Bond 23”

Baz Bamigboye‘s new column indicates that Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris are all pretty much set to star in the next James Bond film as previously rumored.

The big news is that “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Miami Vice” actress Harris will NOT be playing a Bond girl, rather she’s in the final stages of talks to take on the role of one of the series most iconic characters – Miss Moneypenny.

M’s flirtatious secretary has been around since the very first Bond film “Dr. No” in 1962 and was memorably played by Lois Maxwell through until 1985’s “A View to a Kill”. Caroline Bliss delivered a very dull interpretation of her for Timothy Dalton’s two outings, Pamela Salem played her in the unofficial “Never Say Never Again”, while Samantha Bond had some good fun playing her in Pierce Brosnan’s four outings.

The character has been notably absent from both of Daniel Craig’s two outings as 007. Her return was inevitable, and Harris is an unexpected but interesting choice. Her role also means that she’s probably signed for multiple films.

Bardem’s role was previously said to be that of the villain, though no word yet as to how ‘locked’ he or Fiennes are. Sam Mendes is set to direct the film which will begin shooting in October in South Africa and India.