She's fought zombies in "28 Days Later" and pirates in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," but Naomie Harris' latest role pits her against her greatest opponent yet: seduction.
The 34-year-old actress has been cast as M's assistant, Moneypenny, the object of Bond's flirtatious advances, in Sam Mendes' upcoming "Bond 23" (via IndieWire).
The iconic character, which has appeared in 20 previous Bond films and two TV specials, has been played in the past by actresses Lois Maxwell, Caroline Bliss, Samantha Bond, Barbara Bouchet, and Pamela Salem.
While Moneypenny has not appeared in "Casino Royale," or "Quantum of Solace," the two most recent Bond films starring Daniel Craig as 007, she won't be the only new addition to the cast; Ralph Fiennes has reportedly signed on as a "darkly complex" character, while Javier Bardem tackles the role of the film's villain.
While Moneypenny's role as a true "Bond Girl" has been debated due to the lack of a sexual relationship between her and Bond, perhaps Harris will turn the tides. And, regardless of how she plays the role, at the very least, we can expect a little more believability (and dignity) than our favorite Bond bombshell, nuclear physicist Dr. Christmas Jones (played by Denise Richards), who ruined Christmas for all of us when she came more than once that year.
"Bond 23" starts filming later this year and is scheduled for release on November 9th, 2012