British Bond girl more than just a beauty

Naomie Harris in a scene from the movie Skyfall.
Naomie Harris in a scene from the movie Skyfall. Francois Duhamel

BRITISH beauty Naomie Harris has joined a very elite club, that of the Bond girls.

But unlike many of 007's glamorous companions, Harris's character Eve in the latest movie Skyfall is more than just a pretty face.

She's an MI6 field agent, who likes to think she's on equal footing with the brash spy.

"I'm really happy that I get to play a different kind of Bond girl," she said.

"She's respected as his peer, and she's just as capable as him.

"She gets to be out in the field and have witty one-liners and comebacks. Normally the joke is on the Bond girl, so to be able to partake in that and have jokes and witty banter with Bond is a real privilege."

That's not to say Eve and Bond don't have their fair share of sexual tension.

But director Sam Mendes only hints at their attraction and possible encounter.

"They never even kiss. It's the best form of sexual tension," Harris said.

"When you fancy someone it's the most exciting moment when your hands brush each other, you know? Nothing's actually happened yet, but it's the most exciting stage of developing a relationship."

Harris describes Craig, arguably one of the best ever Bonds, as a "brilliant" actor.

"What is really special about him is his dedication," she said.

"He will do a 16-hour work day and then go and train for two hours."

But what really impressed Harris was Craig's kindness on set.

"He remembers his first time coming in as Bond and how intimidating that was," she said.

"He really extends the hand of friendship to you as a fellow actor and makes sure you're looked after.

"My first scene with him, and of the whole movie, I was nervous and intimidated and overwhelmed. He took me aside and said 'we'll get through it together'."

Movie-goers first meet Harris's Eve in Skyfall's action-packed opening chase scene.

Stunt driving and handling high-powered rifles was a new experience for the actress.

"I was completely outside of my comfort zone," she said.

"There's a lot of pressure when you're doing stunts. If there's something that goes wrong, then it takes half an hour to reset the train and two hours to put the scenery together. You really feel this pressure to get it right.

"And you have to be very precise as well. When you're working with loaded weapons you have to be incredibly careful."

Skyfall opens nationally today.

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