Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe talk 'Skyfall,' 'Bond girl curse'
Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe will undoubtedly receive plenty attention as the new Bond girls of "Skyfall," but if the actresses are superstitious, they might have reason to worry about their sudden fame.
"I hope our resumes grow longer and longer," Harris told OTRC.com. "People keep asking me about this Bond girl curse and I'm like, 'What?' I hope it doesn't happen!"
The "curse" refers to how many actresses who have played Bond girls never enjoyed the same level of fame following the release of their film in the 007 franchise. However, others, such as Jane Seymour, Teri Hatcher and Kim Basinger, have gone on to nab major TV and movie roles following their stints as Bond girls., Eva Green and Gemma Arterton included, a majority of the actresses who appeared in Bond films could consider their roles a career highlight.
In "Skyfall," the 23rd film of the long-running 007 franchise, Daniel Craig reprises his role as James Bond. The movie sees Bond's loyalty to Judi Dench's character, MI6 chief M, tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator.
The franchise often sees the spy hero romancing sexy "Bond girls," a term given to sexy female characters that become acquainted with the agent. Some of them turn out to be villains.
Marlohe, a French actress and model who previously starred in only French projects, portrays a "glamorous and enigmatic" character named Severine.
"For this role, I wanted to explore my own past and what moves me as a human being and creating her past, so doing some research on her life and I got to connect with the deep me, even more than before I entered that set. In that sense, it was a truly magical and deep moment in my life as a human being," Marlohe said of the experience.
"I felt safe because I felt strongly connected with the Bond universe since many, many times so instinctively, I knew what I wanted to reach and Sam is so amazing because he's so brilliant, but more than that, he's a beautiful human being, with a wonderful sense of humor and you just feel at home and free to explore things. I could try everything I wanted to try, thanks to those amazing people," she said.
Harris, a British actress who previously portrayed the mysterious Tia Dalma in the "Pirates of the Caribbean films," said she plays a field agent named Eve in "Skyfall." It was previously reported she was set to play MI6 secretary and Bond's friend, Miss Moneypenny.
"I was told at the audition by Sam [Mendes] all about my character, so there weren't too many surprises when I read it, but I'm just so excited to be part of all this," Harris said. "I grew up watching these movies. I'm a huge fan of these movies. I never thought that I would be in a Bond movie. So, for me, it's an amazing journey and to see people's reactions to this movie as well, because people aren't just liking this movie - they're loving it! And it's breaking all kinds of box office records. It's been an incredible journey."
"Skyfall" has already set a new UK record, breaking the UK box office record previously held by "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2." In its first week in theaters in the UK, "Skyfall" earned $59.86 million. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" earned $57.4 million. The Bond flick is also the third-highest grossing film of the year in the UK, behind "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."
As of Monday, November 12, "Skyfall" has earned more than $518 million worldwide.
When asked about how the James Bond franchise has increasingly appealed to a female audience, Marlohe guessed that it might have something to do with the secret agent's "naughty" interactions with women.
"I think Bond movies are universal and timeless. So, you know, the invisible cars, the gadgets, the characters are very high in colors and for me, this one, it is a universal quality that appeals to a human being, whether a woman or a man," Marlohe told OTRC.com. "Before, Bond was a naughty boy, you know, like beating women on their bum and now it has changed, so maybe women can identify more."
"Skyfall" opened in theaters on Nov. 9, 2012. Watch the trailer below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OTRC.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).