Exclusive: is Naomie Harris playing Miss Moneypenny after all?
Has a keen-eyed Den Of Geek reader uncovered a nugget of evidence that Naomie Harris is playing Miss Moneypenny in the next Bond picture, Skyfall…?
When it was announced that Naomie Harris had signed up for a major roll in the forthcoming Bond movie Skyfall, it was widely thought that she’d be filling the shoes of Miss Moneypenny, the MI6 secretary who’s been a major part of the 007 story for decades.
In January, however, Harris put those theories aside, telling the Mail on Sunday that, “The idea of me being Moneypenny was a good, racy rumour. But Eve is not remotely office-bound. She gets to see plenty of action” – and that appeared to be that.
But eagle-eyed Den Of Geek reader Dominic Philpot noticed an interview on the cover of travel firm Dial A Flight’s promotional magazine, which appears to suggest the opposite. Under the front page banner, “Moneypenny in Paradise!”, Harris spoke at length about a posh resort in the Maldives, and how pleasant the pasta bar is. More pertinently, she wraps up the piece with the following sentence:
“There will certainly be some exotic locations, but as Miss Moneypenny I’ll probably get no further than Pinewood Studios!”
Now, there are two possibilities here: the first, and least interesting, is that it’s a simple mistake – an assumption that Harris is playing Moneypenny when, in fact, she ain’t. But there’s also a tiny possibility that the truth may have accidentally slipped out – that her character, currently known simply as Eve on IMDb, really is Moneypenny, but a version who gets to slip out from behind her desk and brandish a Walther PPK alongside Bond.
That’s certainly something the writers of Skyfall would keep under wraps. So is the cat out of the bag? Until more evidence comes to light, it’s impossible to say for sure. More Skyfall news, though, when we get it.