Naomie Harris, the new Bond girl, covers InStyle UK: totally gorgeous or meh?

Naomie Harris

The last we heard from Naomie Harris was last summer when she was rumored as a Bond girl for the movie that was then known as Bond 23. She obviously got the role, and now Naomie’s finally out and about promoting Skyfall. Even though she’s not a big star (yet), Naomie is a fairly seasoned actress as far as blockbusters (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later) go, so I think she’ll add more to the Bond franchise than the usual forgettable (sorry, but many of them are) Bond girl. With that said, Naomie covers the November issue of InStyle UK, and she looks entirely gorgeous in this black and elastane Acne dress for the cover itself. The rest of the shoot is very stark and simple, and the interview details not only Naomie’s thoughts on style but on Daniel Craig. She says a lot of good things about him:

On the red carpet: “I find the red carpet quite stressful. Sometimes you’re so pinned into dresses, you can hardly breathe and you feel awkward, but then when you find that amazing dress, it can change your whole experience.”

On getting glammed up for shoots: “That’s the great thing about doing shoots, because you can really go fashion-forward and wear stuff that you think would be too much in real life, but actually, when you put it on, you think, ‘I can rock this!’”

On her style evolution: “I’m definitely getting more into fashion. Cavalli and Erdem are two of my favourite designers and I love Gucci as well.”

Working with Daniel Craig: “He’s a very hot guy, definitely. He worked out for two hours every day after filming. He’s a real life Bond — very physical, capable and energetic. It was all quite nerve-wracking, but he was very reassuring. It was great to have someone be like, ‘We’re just going to do this together, it’s going to be OK, and if you don’t get it right, we’ll do it again.’ “Sometimes I’d mess up and he’d say things like, ‘No, it was me’ and take the blame.”

[From InStyle UK]

Well, it’s good that Daniel isn’t always a surly bastard and that he’s not an on-set diva from what Naomie says. My impression of Daniel is that he’s a perpetually intense sort of guy, and that translates to his attitude but comes off a bit whiny at times.

As for this photoshoot, Naomie looks absolutely gorgeous even if the styling here isn’t very imaginative. Still, there are a lot of simple, clean lines with the clothing, hair, and poses, and that translates into a pretty high impact shoot.

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Photos courtesy of InStyle UK

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  1. Mimi says:

    Beautiful woman but there’s something sort of Gumby-esque about the cover shot.

  2. Riana says:

    I think the great thing aout this styling is we’re seeing her and not a cardboard cut-out Bond girl.

    A lot of actresses get spreads where the costume or background is so silly and overdone you can barely take it seriously. (not to say avant-garde stuff isn’t wonderful).

    The most recently example I can think of is Blake Lively and her hugging a lamb for Allure.

  3. jamie says:

    I think she’s gorgeous, charismatic, and talented but truly horrible cover shot.It should have been like shooting fish in a barrel, how could things go so wrong?

  4. effy says:

    The cover pic got something going on in the face, too much photoshop? cus Naomi’s face is prettier than that!

  5. Gwen says:

    She’s SO pretty and the styling is SO terrible :O

  6. silken_floss says:

    Her eye makeup is a wee bit severe, it could have been blended/ smoked out better. But other than that I think she looks gorgeous. As a brown woman, I’m always glad to see other brown women getting steady, good work ;)

  7. marie says:

    beautiful woman, but why did they make her hair look so choppy on the cover?

  8. Emmy says:

    Absolutely. Stunning. And ermahgerd look at her arms! They are amazing! She has such a nice figure! I’m so excited that she is a Bond Girl. She is an underrated actress, I think.

  9. johnnybadboytapia says:

    I love this girl, she first cam on my radar after i watch 28 days later , ever since I’ve kept an eye out for her.She is beautiful and a very talented actress.

  10. Lindsey says:

    She is gorgeous and my BF is in luv with her, but that cover is really awkward looking.

  11. dooliloo says:

    Well I’m glad she’s a Bond Girl, talented and charismatic actress, not just the perfect looking Halle Berry who can’t act out of a paper bag!

    The styling I really don’t dig it, borderline awful but the pic of the cat’s eyes with the furry mask for the win to me!

    • V4Real says:

      I love Naomie, I think she’s talented and beautiful and not so much in your face. I loved her in that movie with Pierce Brosnan and Woody Harrleson. I must say I am not crazy about the styling here.

      BTW she is also rumored to have dated Chris Evans. They were in Street Kings together with my love Keanu Reeves.

      • dooliloo says:

        She got me at 28 Days Later and POTC she was awesome too! I still can’t believe she’s 36! Well you tell me people always think I’m 24-25 instead of my real age so.. But her I’d think she’s 26-28 max!

        Skyfall trailer looks promosing, hopefully to make us forget about the disastrous Quantum of Solace.

        Yes heard about that rumour with Cap America too. For someone who said he was looking for a challenging girlfriend… never mind!

      • Gene Parmesan says:

        They did date, i saw them around LA all the time.
        I loved that Pierce Brosnan movie as well. I think it’s called “After the Sunset” I love her!!

      • dooliloo says:

        So the rumour was true? Well that’s brilliant they look hot together when I picture them.

        Oh and just in case to avoid misinterpretation of my comment, by “from someone who said he’s looking for a challenging girlfriend” it was aimed at that one he’s recycling-dating nowadays.

    • V4Real says:

      I understood you dooliloo. If Chris was going to recylcle girlfriends; I wish it could have been Naomie, instead of that no talent broad he’s with now.

  12. pretty says:

    Her hair is fried. Looks like Goku’s hair in DragonBall.

  13. virginia says:

    I cant believe she is 36.

  14. Mia says:

    That photo with three poses looks like a 11 year old’s first photoshop image made for his MySpace or something. I can see how she would be a languid, smoldering kind of bond girl on screen but her face does not look too good here

  15. embertine says:

    She’s gorgeous but these photos make me cringe.

    BTW, saw her last year snogging The ‘Batch in Frankenstein. Did not know which of them to threaten to cut.

  16. Anna says:

    She’s kind of the healthier version of Zoe Saldana. AT least in the last picture!!

    Great arms.

  17. truthSF says:

    Halle Berry was the worst Bond Girl EVAAA!! My friends and I were so embarrassed when we watched Die Another Day, because she was so terrible.

    Thank goodness she wasn’t the first black Bond Girl (No one can top Grace Jones), it would’ve been too embarrassing to refer to Halle as the first BBG, considering her horrid acting in the movie.

    Ironically, both Bond Girls were in Boomerang together.

  18. jamie says:

    I wish they showed her face better. The strange angles her head is wrenched in in every photo don’t really do her justice.

  19. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She’s gorgeous but this shoot does not do her beauty justice.

  20. insomniac says:

    I’ve adored Naomie ever since “28 Days Later”, but I’m not crazy about this shoot and really don’t like that black dress. (And is the brand name really “Acne”? LOL!)

  21. j.eyre says:

    She’s lovely. I kind of like the simplicity of the photos. And I, too, am glad to hear Mr. Craig can be pleasant.

  22. T.C. says:

    She’s pretty but the cover sucks. Her hair is styled poorly. Not sure if that is photoshop or her waist is really smaller than her head. She didn’t look that tiny during the photo call appearances with Daniel Criag so I’m going with photoshop (why do these mags keep doing that to women?). Love the interview. Very nice girl.

  23. fan says:

    great! loved her in pirates of the Caribbean!

  24. Flora says:

    I love her. I’m glad she’s finally getting more exposure with this Bond film. This cover shoot is a train wreck tho. Perhaps an intern was in charge of this?

  25. lucy2 says:

    Agree – gorgeous woman, bad photoshoot.

    They seem to be hiring better actresses for the more recent Bond films.

  26. I Choose Me says:

    Ugh. What is up with that cover? Does no justice at all to Naomie.

    Love, love, love her. She’s been acting for a while. Check her out in the Tomorrow People series on YouTube.

  27. MST says:

    She’s okay. Black women come in all colors, but the ones we usually see in the media are light-skinned with Caucasian features (Beyonce, Halle Berry, etc.) There’s nothing wrong with looking like that, of course, but its nice to see a black woman on a magazine cover with brown skin and African features.

  28. N-Bear says:

    Gorgeous woman, but this shoot had me wondering if Tyler Perry was getting better at drag…

  29. Lurkeelee says:

    Totally gorgeous or meh? Just meh IMO. I am not seeing gorgeous.

    • RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

      +1…I thought I was the only one not seeing the “gorgeous” here. smh. A big disappointment in my opinion. Just walking down the street in NYC on any given day on any given block I can find drop dead gorgeous women.This one here is beyond average. Thought she was ridic in pirates.

  30. ladybert62 says:

    My opinion is that she is not even pretty and especially not beautiful.

    Those pictures make her look grotesque – does she not have any joints in her body. YUK.

  31. Hakura says:

    At first, I thought it was Rihanna in a bad wig. I agree the woman is beautiful, but this shoot is so… ‘stark’…That it makes her body look angular in an unattractive way. Bad choices all around.

  32. J says:

    I want to throw away those white Keebler elf boots. Other than that, she’s very lovely and gives good face.

  33. Bluedog says:

    Photoshop disaster! Why was her body photoshopped into oblivion in that cover shop? She’s already small!

  34. heyheyhey says:

    i wish the 3rd pic was her cover, that woulda been hot.

  35. Jo Darby says:

    Saw Naomie at a train station in Birmingham, UK a few years back. She’s a lot thinner now!

    Don’t like when Hollywood does this to lovely Brit actresses.

  36. shewolf says:

    Thats an awkward cover for such a beautiful woman.

  37. The Original Victoria says:

    Love my Brit Babes!

    Naomie was great with Colin Firth in that movie Trauma. Love that movie. Love that movie. Hate that we couldn’t seem some romance there because…well it’s Colin Firth.

    Loved her in the After the Sunset too! She was great! I have all her movies.

    So when I say that this photo shoot was just…I can’t even. Why would they do that to her? I mean Vogue did such a great cover when Halle was a Bond Girl (Jinx). And when Sophie Marcaue was a bond girl, she got all those lovely shoots. In style did Naomie dirty from head to toe!

  38. Ally says:

    Tyra Banks called and she says actresses have no neck in photos.

  39. chalkdustgirl says:

    I think she is absolutely gorgeous. She has the face that can pull no or all-out makeup.

    Don’t like the dress whatsoever.

  40. GoodCapon says:

    She’s Tia Dalma??! Oh…

    I think she’s conventionally pretty. The photoshoop is quite awful though.

  41. Em says:

    Beautiful and a good choice for BG. The cover shot is absolute crap, she deserves better.

  42. lisa2 says:

    She is very pretty. The pictures are terrible.