Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Naomie Harris interview: The James Bond star on playing Winnie Mandela, fitting in at Cambridge and singalong Sound of Music nights

Naomie Harris interview: The James Bond star on playing Winnie Mandela, fitting in at Cambridge and singalong Sound of Music nights

The British actress is best known for playing Moneypenny in the most recent Bond film, 'Skyfall', and Winnie Mandela in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'



So who's your favourite James Bond?
Of course it's got to be Daniel. I really do think he's amazing. To come in and to reinvent the whole way that we see Bond, to add a modern twist, and to make us fall in love with the character in a different way is, I think, a huge achievement and he deserves credit for that. He is the ultimate Bond.
I heard you started the rumour that Idris Elba was next in line to play 007...
No, that is not true! Do you know what happened? A journalist said to me, 'You've just finished working with Idris Elba on Mandela, do you think he'd make a great Bond?' And I said, 'Yeah, absolutely, I think he would.' And then the headline is 'Naomie says Idris Elba to be next Bond'.
What do you think about all the fuss over having a black Bond?
I hope we get to the point where we're not saying, 'are we going to have a black Bond?' That's not the point. The point is to have somebody who fills the shoes of Bond in the way they should be filled. He's this iconic character and whoever fits, whatever colour they are, it doesn't matter. It's about their characteristics, their charisma, their humour and their physicality as well – to be able to perform all those stunts. So whoever that is, I say good luck to them.
You've spoken before about coming from a working-class background and struggling to fit in at Cambridge. What led you to apply?
I had this incredible teacher called Mr Murdoch who I will forever be indebted to. He took me under his wing and mentored me in this incredible way. It really taught me about the power of teachers. They can change the direction of a child's life and they deserve so much more credit than they get.
What's your favourite film?
I think, embarrassingly, it would be The Sound of Music. I'm obsessed with musicals. I've watched it about 30 times. In fact, there was a singalong recently in Leicester Square and I was so tempted to go...
I couldn't think of anything worse!
I won't have to fight you for tickets, then.
They're all yours. Have you ever done any musical theatre?
No, I have the world's most awful voice. It's such a shame because if I could sing, I would be doing musicals without a doubt. I just love them. But I can't, and I can't dance. So there's no hope for me.
What's at the top of your CV?
I'm really proud of playing Winnie Mandela and of the movie as a whole. I feel that was the best work that I've done so far. I really am very proud of representing this extraordinary moment in history. To go back to South Africa for the premiere and to turn around at the end and see them all in tears and so thankful to us for having represented so faithfully their experiences, that was a real honour.
What would you have done if you hadn't become an actress?
I never had a plan B. I just went gung-ho into acting. I started when I was nine, so I never experienced any such thing as unemployment. I actually got everything that I went up for as a child – I never experienced rejection. I just assumed that the adult profession would be the same. I never had a back-up plan, but if there were anything I would do, I would write or be an architect.
Biography
Naomie Harris, 38, is a British actress, best known for playing Moneypenny in the most recent Bond film, ‘Skyfall’, and Winnie Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. Raised in London, she won a place at Cambridge before continuing with her career in acting. She is currently promoting Meerkat Movies, 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday, available through comparethemarket.com.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Bond is back in town! Daniel Craig wields a gun as he shoots London-based scenes for new 007 flick Spectre

Bond is back in town! Daniel Craig wields a gun as he shoots London-based scenes for new 007 flick Spectre

Filming for new 007 flick Spectre has picked up the pace this ahead of the film's November release.
And Daniel Craig was seen shooting what appeared to be a key action sequence for the latest Sam Mendes-directed chapter in the James Bond franchise on Sunday.
The 47-year-old actor cut a dapper figure, dressed in suit to portray the titular spy as he strolled along Whitehall in London, drawing large crowds of excited onlookers.
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Armed and dangerous: Daniel Craig was carrying a gun as he filmed an action sequence on Westminster Bridge in London on Sunday
Armed and dangerous: Daniel Craig was carrying a gun as he filmed an action sequence on Westminster Bridge in London on Sunday
As evening fell, Daniel was seen running across Westminster Bridge, wielding a gun in one hand.
The fast-paced scene comes after Daniel and his glamorous new co-star Léa Seydoux, best known for her Palme D'Or-winning performance in Blue Is The Warmest Colour, were spotted filming on a speedboat in the same area earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Ralph Fiennes - who will play M - and Naomie Harris - who stars as Eve Moneypenny - were also seen filming over the weekend, with Ralph sporting a bloody injury on his forehead.
The name's Bond: Daniel smartedned up in a suit to film on Whitehall road earlier  in the day
The name's Bond: Daniel smartedned up in a suit to film on Whitehall road earlier in the day
In action: The 47-year-old actor was shooting solo scenes while Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris filmed elsewhere in London 
In action: The 47-year-old actor was shooting solo scenes while Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris filmed elsewhere in London 
Crowd-pleaser: Eager fans gathered to catch a glimpse of the Sam Mendes-directed film in action
Crowd-pleaser: Eager fans gathered to catch a glimpse of the Sam Mendes-directed film in action
Atmospheric: The Skyfall star was seen emerging from a cloud of smoke on the street
Atmospheric: The Skyfall star was seen emerging from a cloud of smoke on the street
Atmospheric: The Skyfall star was seen emerging from a cloud of smoke on the street
Not long to wait now: Spectre, Daniel's fifth outing as Bond, is due for release this November 
Not long to wait now: Spectre, Daniel's fifth outing as Bond, is due for release this November 
While the production has been based at London's Pinewood Studios, it has also been shot on location in Mexico City, Rome and Morocco.
Austrian towns Obertilliach, Lake Altaussee and Sölden will also feature in the spy movie.
The film is sticking close to the tried and tested Bond format, with the official synopsis on IMDb revealing: 'A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation.
On his home turf: The star was spotted running across Westminster Bridge later that evening
On his home turf: The star was spotted running across Westminster Bridge later that evening
On his home turf: The star was spotted running across Westminster Bridge later that evening
Not happy: The star was seen wrinkling his nose in disgust in between takes 
Not happy: The star was seen wrinkling his nose in disgust in between takes 
London shoot: Spectre has also been filmed in Mexico City, Rome and Morocco
London shoot: Spectre has also been filmed in Mexico City, Rome and Morocco
Long night: Daniel looked a little tired as he repeated the sequence over and over again
Long night: Daniel looked a little tired as he repeated the sequence over and over again
'While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.'
SPECTRE stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
The film is due to be released in the UK in November 2015.
Making a run for it: The gun-toting action hero sprinted along the bridge at top speed
Making a run for it: The gun-toting action hero sprinted along the bridge at top speed
Going it alone: Daniel previously revealed he tries to shoot most of his action scenes himself
Going it alone: Daniel previously revealed he tries to shoot most of his action scenes himself
Last minute adjustments: The star was given a quick hair and make-up touch-up during a break 
Last minute adjustments: The star was given a quick hair and make-up touch-up during a break 


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Ralph Fiennes sports a gash on his head as he and Naomie Harris film dramatic scenes in London for Spectre

Ralph Fiennes sports a gash on his head as he and Naomie Harris film dramatic scenes in London for Spectre 

It is one of the most hotly-anticipated movies of the year.
And it looks like Spectre will fulfil expectations judging by the latest dramatic pictures.
Iconic London landmarks were turned into scenes of devastation in the early hours of Sunday morning as the James Bond cast and crew continued filming.
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Ouch: Ralph Fiennes was spotted sporting a large 'gash' on his head during filming for Spectre
Ouch: Ralph Fiennes was spotted sporting a large 'gash' on his head during filming for Spectre
Westminster and Big Ben could be seen shrouded in smoke as dozens of fire engines and police officers were on hand to make sure everything went smoothly.  
Although Daniel Craig wasn't on set, other members of the cast could be seen with 'injuries'.
Ralph Fiennes - who will play M - sported a nasty 'gash' on his head as he was pictured in a long, grey overcoat and baggy jeans. 
Cast: Although Daniel Craig wasn't on set, Naomie Harris could be seen walking through smoke
Cast: Although Daniel Craig wasn't on set, Naomie Harris could be seen walking through smoke
Dramatic: Smoke could be seen near Westminster during filming in the early hours of Sunday morning
Dramatic: Smoke could be seen near Westminster during filming in the early hours of Sunday morning
Naomie Harris was also spotted strutting up and down the capital's streets wearing a brown leather jacket, plum jeans and black heeled boots. 
To ensure filming was able to continue smoothly, a sign was placed just down the road from Big Ben reading: 'The producers and crew would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during preparation/filming of this production.'
It comes a month after the film's director Sam Mendes was seen making his way to London's City Hall as he prepared to shoot scenes inside the iconic building.
Concentrating: The 52-year-old actor looked like he was concentrating as he waited in the road during filming
Concentrating: The 52-year-old actor looked like he was concentrating as he waited in the road during filming
Emergency: Two police cars and an ambulance could be seen on set, although it is not known if they were props
Emergency: Two police cars and an ambulance could be seen on set, although it is not known if they were props
Determined: Ralph looked cold as he walked through the London streets wearing a long jacket
Determined: Ralph looked cold as he walked through the London streets wearing a long jacket
Nasty injury: As Ralph turned his head to look at Naomie, another nasty cut surrounded by congealed blood could be seen
Nasty injury: As Ralph turned his head to look at Naomie, another nasty cut surrounded by congealed blood could be seen
Matching: The 38-year-old actress was spotted wearing a brown leather coat and plum trousers
Matching: The 38-year-old actress was spotted wearing a brown leather coat and plum trousers
While the production has been based at Pinewood Studios, it has also been shot on location in Mexico City, Rome and Morocco.
Austrian towns Obertilliach, Lake Altaussee and Sölden will also feature in the spy movie. 
The film is sticking close to the tried and tested Bond format, with the official synopsis on IMDb revealing: 'A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation.
Late night: According to Big Ben it looked like the film crew were still busy around 2am on Sunday morning
Late night: According to Big Ben it looked like the film crew were still busy around 2am on Sunday morning
What happened? None of the pictures give a clue to what caused the smoke, although it looked like it was started to the left of Westminster Bridge
What happened? None of the pictures give a clue to what caused the smoke, although it looked like it was started to the left of Westminster Bridge
Careful: A fire fighter stands next to a fire engine and keeps a careful eye on the smoke
Careful: A fire fighter stands next to a fire engine and keeps a careful eye on the smoke
Warning: A sign was placed just down the road from Big Ben reading: 'The producers and crew would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during preparation/filming of this production'
Warning: A sign was placed just down the road from Big Ben reading: 'The producers and crew would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during preparation/filming of this production'
'While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.'
SPECTRE stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
The film is due to be released in the UK in November 2015.  
Moving on: Ralph was moved from the centre of the action round a corner to film a quieter scene
Moving on: Ralph was moved from the centre of the action round a corner to film a quieter scene
Pensive: Pictures also revealed the actor - who will play M - crossing the bridge while being guided only by streetlights
Pensive: Pictures also revealed the actor - who will play M - crossing the bridge while being guided only by streetlights
Busy: Two policemen, one in a high-visibility jacket, talk as traffic waits for the filming to finish
Busy: Two policemen, one in a high-visibility jacket, talk as traffic waits for the filming to finish
How big? It looked like there was a very large production crew at the scene to ensure everything ran smoothly
How big? It looked like there was a very large production crew at the scene to ensure everything ran smoothly


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Monday, 18 May 2015

Daniel Craig takes to the water as he films new James Bond film Spectre..

Need for speed! Daniel Craig takes to the water as he films new James Bond film Spectre... but leaves all the hard work to his stunt double

Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the latest James Bond flick Spectre this November.
And the Sam Mendes-directed blockbuster is sure to live up to expectations if the high-octane action scenes shot on the River Thames in London on Sunday are anything to go by.
Daniel Craig was spotted clambering aboard a speed boat alongside French actress Léa Seydoux to film a fast and furious chase between Westminster and Vauxhall, taking place against the scenic backdrop of MI5 and the Houses Of Parliament.
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Hard at work: Daniel Craig was spotted on the banks of the River Thames in London on Sunday, shooting a fast-paced action sequence
Hard at work: Daniel Craig was spotted on the banks of the River Thames in London on Sunday, shooting a fast-paced action sequence
However, the 47-year-old actor - who is back for a fifth time as the titular hero - left most of the hard work to his lookalike stunt double.
Daniel, wrapped up in a blue parka, was spotted chatting to crew members and director Mendes before taking to the waters alongside new Bond girl Léa.
The Blue Is The Warmest Colour actress also had her own stunt double for the high-speed boat chase, which saw 007 trailing a helicopter down the river.
Ready for action: Daniel's stunt double took to the waters in a speed boat alongside Léa Seydoux's lookalike
Ready for action: Daniel's stunt double took to the waters in a speed boat alongside Léa Seydoux's lookalike
Full speed ahead: The spy was trailing a helicopter along the river from Westminster to Vauxhall
Full speed ahead: The spy was trailing a helicopter along the river from Westminster to Vauxhall
Seeing double: The 47-year-old actor's stunt double was performing the trickier action scenes
Seeing double: The 47-year-old actor's stunt double was performing the trickier action scenes
Exciting chase: Film buffs lined the banks of the Thames to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood star in action
Exciting chase: Film buffs lined the banks of the Thames to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood star in action
Back for another round: This will be Craig's fifth outing as the titular hero since 2006's Casino Royale
Back for another round: This will be Craig's fifth outing as the titular hero since 2006's Casino Royale
Star-studded: Spectre also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris
Star-studded: Spectre also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris
The doubles whipped off their jackets, revealing a classic trench for Lea's lookalike and an all-black ensemble for Daniel's doppelgänger.
Film buffs lined the banks of the Thames in an effort to catch a glimpse of Daniel in the latest installment of the big-screen adventure series.
Some bridges over the river were temporarily closed to the public as crew in high-vis vests warned pedestrians from getting too close to the action.
Helping hand: French beauty Léa was gallantly helped into the boat by Daniel
Helping hand: French beauty Léa was gallantly helped into the boat by Daniel
New role: The 29-year-old actress is best known for her Palme d'Or winning performance in Blue Is The Warmest Colour 
New role: The 29-year-old actress is best known for her Palme d'Or winning performance in Blue Is The Warmest Colour 
Scenic route: The filming took place against the stunning backdrop of the Palace of Westminster
Scenic route: The filming took place against the stunning backdrop of the Palace of Westminster
High speed: A helicopter was flying low in the sky and several roads were cordoned off
High speed: A helicopter was flying low in the sky and several roads were cordoned off
Taking notes: Sam Mendes gave his leading stars some last minute tips 
Taking notes: Sam Mendes gave his leading stars some last minute tips 
Captive audience: The duo listened carefully as the director explained his vision
Captive audience: The duo listened carefully as the director explained his vision
Captive audience: The duo listened carefully as the director explained his vision 
Spectre, which also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, is scheduled for release on November 6, 2015 and filming has picked up speed in recent weeks since the action moved to London's Pinewood Studios.
Daniel previously revealed he tries to do as many of his own stunts as possible in order to make his performance more authentic.
'I like the fact that occasionally you’ll see on screen that it’s my face and it’s me. And I think audiences hopefully appreciate that', he told chat show host Jimmy Kimmel.
Spectre follows the smash success of Skyfall, which grossed 1.1 billion dollars worldwide.
Filming has so far taken place in a number of exotic locations, including Austria, Rome and Mexico City.
Getting to know each other: Craig chatted to Léa in between takes on board the boat
Getting to know each other: Craig chatted to Léa in between takes on board the boat
Keeping warm: The duo wrapped up in padded jackets as they waited around 
Keeping warm: The duo wrapped up in padded jackets as they waited around 
Hands-on: Daniel recently said he tries to film as many of his own stunts as possible
Hands-on: Daniel recently said he tries to film as many of his own stunts as possible
Long-awaited: The movie follows the success of Skyfall, which grossed 1.1 billion dollars worldwide
Long-awaited: The movie follows the success of Skyfall, which grossed 1.1 billion dollars worldwide
Night time shoot: The actors were filming late into the night after the sun set 
Night time shoot: The actors were filming late into the night after the sun set 


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