Naomie Harris In Talks To Play Miss. Moneypenny In BOND 23!

Pirates of the Caribbean star would play the flirtatious and dry-witted MI6 secretary in the next James Bond film.

According to the Daily Mail, Pirates of the Caribeann and Miami Vice star Naomie Harris is in final negotiations to play the flirtatious, Ian Fleming created MI6 secretary Miss. Moneypenny in the upcoming 23rd James Bond movie, which is as of yet still untitled. The actress recently confirmed that she auditioned for a role but never went into any detail. If indeed she is set to play Moneypenny, it would make her the 4th actress in the series to do so (officially at least as Barbara Bouchet and Pamela Salem played the character in non-canon Bond films Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again ). Lois Maxwell originally portrayed the role from 1962's Dr No up until 1985's A View To A Kill.... Caroline Bliss played the part for both Timothy Dalton's 007 movies... and was followed by Samantha Bond for Pierce Brosnan's era.... ... though none of them were able to tame Bond. The character was notably absent and sorely missed from Daniel Craig's first two installments Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and if Moneypenny is coming back to the franchise does that mean we can expect to see Q also? We can only hope. For Harris it's another huge role for an actress who has come an awful long way from when she burst onto the scene in 28 Days Later almost a decade ago. All the signs pointed to her playing the major role of Susannah/Odessa in Ron Howard's The Dark Tower adaptation at Universal but the delay (probable canning) of that movie has allowed her to take on this part. Same seemingly can be said of Javier Bardem who The Mail seems to confirm earlier talks that he will play the villain when production stars, and they also claim Ralph Fiennes' "darkly complex" role is secure. Add to that of course we have Daniel Craig and Judi Dench reprising their roles as Bond and M respectively and let's not forget the film will be directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) with Roger Deakins as cinematographer!! Is this the most talented Bond crew of all time or what? Bond 23 is set for a UK release on October 26th and will begin filming later this year.

Tom Ryan hasn't written a bio just yet, but if they had... it would appear here.