When Daniel Craig took on the role of Bond, James Bond, in "Casino Royale," he radically redefined the character of 007. Craig's Bond was tough and smooth in equal measure, looking just as comfortable in a gunfight as in formal wear. So isn't it time for Bond girls to also be both strong and stylish?
In this exclusive look at the making of "Skyfall," the upcoming 23rd Bond film, you see that new Bond girls Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe look to be up to that challenge. Harris -- who can be seen driving, shooting, and sultrily shaving Bond's face in the video -- says, "I don't think it's enough to just look pretty anymore. That may well have been true in the past, but certainly not now."
Watch the video to see the ladies in action and hear what Daniel Craig has to say about working with them. Then keep reading to learn more about the actresses and the femme fatales they play.
Bond girls traditionally have come in two varieties: the ally to Bond, who are often too business-minded at first to fall for his caddish ways, and the bad girl, who usually are won over by 007's charm. "Skyfall" looks like it has both, but with notable differences.
36-year-old Naomie Harris plays Eve, a fully-trained British field agent who drives fast and draws her gun even faster. The London-born Harris says Eve "kind of sees herself as Bond's equal. She's not, but that's how she sees herself." Eve is on a mission with 007 that goes bad, and when M (Judi Dench) gives her the order to fire on a target, Bond gets hit in the crossfire.
Harris trained for two months before filming with handguns and automatic weapons, but it's not all action with Eve. In the new video, we see Eve in a slinky one-shoulder gown when she goes undercover with a tuxedo-clad Bond. Of course, that's not the only close shave Eve and Bond get into, as the trailer shows her scraping a straight razor across his face in a very intimate moment.
Harris is joined by 33-year-old Paris native Berenice Marlohe, who plays the alluring Severine. The exotic beauty -- her mother is French and her father is Cambodian -- is making her English-language debut in the film. Severine is employed by the villain, Raoul Silva, played by Oscar-winner Javier Bardem.
Marlohe says about Severine: "The first time you see her, she has a dark side." She warns 007 about the danger Silva poses, but naturally that doesn't faze him much. And while it's difficult to make out through the steam-obscured glass, it does look like that's her and Bond in the trailer embracing in a shower. It's good to know Bond can always find help with his personal hygiene and grooming.
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"Skyfall" crashes into theaters on November 9.
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