As rumours swirl around the future of Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond, Naomie Harris says she’s got no plans to go anywhere.
Asked during a Twitter Q&A where she would like to see her Moneypenny character go in the future, Harris said she’s hoping to ‘do a Dench’ and have a lengthy run with the franchise.
.@BondCraigFan What Judi Densch did with M - she was a mainstay of the franchise for many years & I hope that my work as MP can be the same!— Naomie Harris (@NaomieHarris) February 22, 2016
Dench first appeared as M in 1995’s GoldenEye. She was the first woman to play the role, taking over from Robert Brown. Her final film (aside from a brief appearance via video message in Spectre), Skyfall, came 17 years later.
It was in this 2012 movie that Harris first joined Bond. Initially billed as ‘Eve’ – a no-nonsense field agent who all but killed 007 – she smoothly revealed her full Moneypenny name as the film drew to a close.
Returning in Spectre in 2015, her role was far from desk-bound. As well as being M’s advisor, she’s Bond’s go-to confidant. If she’s at a computer, it’s because she’s digging out some top-secret information to help Bond.
Now, Harris is hoping she’ll be Moneypenny for many years to come.
.@BbryonyM MP is much more modern than before, and this is what drew me to Sam’s (Mendes) vision for the character.
— Naomie Harris (@NaomieHarris) February 22, 2016
As for Bond himself, Harris revealed Craig “gave his blessing” for her to be cast and says she really hopes to work with him again. “He’s a phenomenal actor and when working with him it feels like working with the real Bond… because on set he stays in character,” she said.