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Naomie Harris has warned fans to expect a radically different James Bond when the franchise returns with its 25th installment in 2020. 

The actress will reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in No Time To Die, her third consecutive appearance as the iconic character in what will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as Bond. 

But in a cultural landscape that is gradually being reshaped by Me Too, Harris, 43, admits the traditionally masculine Bond will be a vastly different character to the one we last saw driving into the sunset with co-star Léa Seydoux. 

Coming soon: Naomie Harris has warned fans to expect a radically different James Bond when the franchise returns with its 25th installment in 2020

Coming soon: Naomie Harris has warned fans to expect a radically different James Bond when the franchise returns with its 25th installment in 2020

Reflecting on the new film, Naomie told GQ Hype: ‘It’s a tie-up of Skyfall and Spectre. But with massive, massive surprises that even had me like, “Oh, wow!” So I think we’re going to really shock people.

‘I would say that he’s reconnected with his heart. We’re definitely seeing a Bond who’s more in touch with his feelings and more open to falling in love.’  

The film brings to an end a five-year wait for more Bond, during which Craig’s future involvement in the franchise remained unresolved. 

Welcome back: New film No Time To Die brings to an end a five-year wait for more Bond, during which Craig's future involvement in the franchise remained unresolved

Welcome back: New film No Time To Die brings to an end a five-year wait for more Bond, during which Craig’s future involvement in the franchise remained unresolved

And Naomie acknowledges that groundbreaking social changes have in turn demanded changes from the hugely popular film series,  starting with its portrayal of women. 

‘At the end of Spectre there are women he gives his career up for: there’s no more emotional attachment than that,’ she said. 

‘It’s just about moving with the times and recognising that women can no longer be seen as eye candy.’ 

Previously: Harris, 43, admits the traditionally masculine Bond will be a vastly different character to the one we last saw driving into the sunset with co-star Léa Seydoux in Spectre

Previously: Harris, 43, admits the traditionally masculine Bond will be a vastly different character to the one we last saw driving into the sunset with co-star Léa Seydoux in Spectre

Naomie made her first appearance as Moneypenny in 2012 smash Skyfall, arguably Craig’s greatest critical and commercial achievement as Bond. 

Traditionally a faithful MI6 secretary whose flirty repartee with Bond provided rare moments of light relief, she was reintroduced to the franchise as a ballsy field officer before making the transition to M’s right hand woman. 

But while the role has introduced Naomie to a broader audience, she says it was a later role in Oscar-winning drama Moonlight that completely transformed her career.

Success: While Moneypenny has introduced Naomie to a broader audience, she says it was a later role as a crack addicted mother in Oscar-winning drama Moonlight that completely transformed her career

Success: While Moneypenny has introduced Naomie to a broader audience, she says it was a later role as a crack addicted mother in Oscar-winning drama Moonlight that completely transformed her career

Looking back at the 2016 coming of age drama, the actress admits her role as crack addicted Paula helped pave the way for a variety of challenging roles, among them her latest in soon to be released police procedural Black and Blue. 

‘I expected [Moonlight] to make a difference but not on the level it has,’ she explained. ‘It’s completely changed my career. It’s changed how many offers I’ve got, the fee I can command, my standing in the industry, the respect I get given. 

‘It’s huge. I wouldn’t have been offered something of the exposure of Black And Blue before Moonlight.’ 

See the full interview available online now via GQ HYPE.

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