While there has still not been any official confirmation, the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye – a man not known for spreading unfounded rumours as a rule – is reporting that Naomie Harris, who has been linked with a role in Bond 23 for a while now, will be slotting into place one of the last few elements to escape the reboot clutches of Casino Royale and co: Miss Moneypenny.
The character, most famously played by Lois Maxwell, and most recently assayed by Samantha Bond, has been a key component of the Bond movies. The drily witty, Bond-snarking assistant to M hasn’t yet been seen opposite Daniel Craig’s 007, but that may well change if the story about Harris taking the role pans out.
Moneypenny was last seen in Die Another Day, which saw her parrying with Pierce Brosnan. There’s no word on what might happen to the character in the new film or whether her personality might change, but she’d surely keep up that legendary sarcasm.
Now comes the waiting to see whether Harris or Moneypenny actually get announced for the movie. That, and wondering whether Q (or some character like him) might finally make an appearance.
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