As we all know, James Bond’s ‘No Time To Die’ was due to be released next month, but because of the global pandemic we now won’t see the film (and promo tour) until April 2021.
A lot of magazine covers are set in stone months (or even a year) in advance to coincide with the stars film release, so Naomie Harris as the cover star for the December 2020 issue for Tatler made perfect sense.
I’m glad the British publication went ahead and published this editorial as it is so good to see Naomie again.
She is a golden goddess in Dior Haute Couture (on the cover). Pretty in pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture and we get a second look at the Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture gold gown Tracee Ellis Ross wore to the 2020 Emmy Awards in this editorial (dare I say this dress looks much better on Naomie).
Here are some excerpts from her interview.
On the more female-driven new entry in the franchise, and her role as Moneypenny:
“It’s a difficult tightrope to walk. You have to honour the Bond of old. If you modernize too quickly, you lose what makes Bond Bond. And part of what makes Bond what it is is that foot in the past. It has that traditional aspect to it. You have to honour that, I think. But then, as well, you have to move with the times.”
On the response she got after opening up about her experience of being groped by another actor during an audition in her 20s:
“I’ve just had an outpouring of women saying, ‘Me too’, basically. There have been some catty things from a few people. ‘Why didn’t you say that before? Why didn’t you speak out earlier?’ As though there’s a time limit on these things. On the whole, people have been incredibly supportive. And I don’t feel that, in terms of my career, there have been any repercussions at all.’”
You can read more of Naomie interview and see her in more gorgeous Haute Couture gowns from Schiaparelli and Azzaro in the December 2020 issue which is out now.