Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Naomie Harris cast as Moneypenny in James Bond 23
Just like M and Q, Moneypenny has been a very important character in the standard James Bond movie. While M acts as Bond's superior, Q is the techie that oftentimes exchanges punchlines with him, Moneypenny on the other hand is the staple character in the Bond movies that often flirts with him, but we never do get to see them consummate their flirtations with each other. Since Casino Royale, Moneypenny is yet to be introduced in this third chapter.
Bond 23 was suspended throughout 2010 because of MGM's financial troubles; however, following MGM's exit from bankruptcy on 21 December 2010, Bond 23 resumed pre-production and was officially given a release date of 9 November 2012 by MGM and the Broccoli family. Since then, MGM and Sony Pictures announced that the UK and Ireland release date would be brought forward to 26th October 2012, two weeks prior to the USA release date, which will remain November 9th. The film will be part of yearlong celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No and the Bond franchise. Production will start in late 2011. Bond 23 will be directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, The Kite Runner) with a script by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade as well as John Logan.