Naomie Harris talks new Bond film 'Skyfall,' training with guns and yoga (Video)
Naomie Harris says machine guns and yoga were part of her training regimen for her role in the upcoming 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall."
The 35-year-old British actress and other cast members were introduced at a London press conference on Thursday (See photos from the event). Harris will play a field agent named Eve, while French star Berenice Marlohe will portray another "Bond girl," who she described as "glamorous" and "enigmatic."
Harris, who is known for her role as Tia Dalma in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, told reporters after the event that she spent two months training for her role in the new Bond film, set for release on Nov. 9, 2012.
"I've been ... driving cars and I'm stunt-fighting, and yoga to get my body really toned, and I'm firing guns - machine guns," she said, "I've done a lot of work over the last two months. It feels like such a privilege to be part of this so I'm still pinching myself. I think even when it's all over and we've done the film, I'll still be pinching myself."
Harris has in the past also appeared in action films such as "Ninja Assassin" in 2009 and the 2008 crime drama "Street Kings," which stars Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie.
Marlohe had said she had learned to fire guns for the first time as part of her own training regimen for "Skyfall," adding: "It was very fun. I enjoyed it very much."
The new Bond gilm is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig reprising his title role as British super spy, Agent 007. Javier Bardem plays a villain.
"We will be shooting the movie 'Skyfall' here in London," Mendes had told reporters."We will be shooting Bond's journey takes him to China, to Shanghai and other parts of China, to Istanbul in Turkey and other parts of Turkey and to Scotland. I think has all the elements of a classic Bond movie including, to quell any rumors, a lot of action."
Daniel Craig, who played James Bond in the films "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace," said he was "very comfortable" stepping back into Agent 007's shoes, adding: "If I could do this for a few more years, I'd be very happy," he said.
When asked by the moderator if Bond and Bardem's character, a villain, will be seen shirtless in the film, producers Barbara Broccoli said: "Damn right."
Craig had stripped down in previous films of the franchise, which sees the spy hero romancing sexy "Bond girls," a term given to sexy female characters who become acquainted with the agent. Some them turn out to be villains.
The new Bond film is set for release almost 50 years after the release of the first James Bond film, "Dr. No," which was released in 1962 and starred Sean Connery.