Naomie Harris will follow in the illustrious footsteps of Eva Green and Gemma Arteton by playing Bond girl Eve, an ally of 007, who she insists is not an incarnation of Moneypenny. “I don’t know really where the Moneypenny rumors started from,” says Harris, “but basically my character is Eve, and Eve is totally different. I’m a field agent, definitely, not a secretary.”
“She’s not there to wear slinky frocks and be sexy,” she continues. “She’s a capable woman out in the field. She’s not necessarily a match for Bond, as such, but her ambition is to be as skilled as him in the field.”
To get to that level, Harris herself has had to undergo a hell of a lot of training, putting in some serious hours in the gym to hold her end up alongside Daniel Craig.
“I’ve been training so far for eight months,” she says. “They gave me a trainer eight months ago and I’ve been working with her three times a week and sometimes five times a week as well.
“We moved onto kickboxing and stunt training generally, so some falls, some fighting, also learning to drive vehicles. I can drive, obviously, but doing it at speed and doing 360 turns and all those kind of things. Alongside that, a lot of weapons training. A lot of learning to fire rifles and Walther PPK handguns, Glocks, that kind of thing. Pretty intense. The most intense amount of training I’ve ever done for any movie.”