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10. January 2013 06:32
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Naomie Harris

THE BADDEST BOND CHICK AROUND

Move over, OctopussyOctopussy. There's a new Bond girl — er, woman — in town.

Naomie Harris, of Pirates of the Carribbean and 28 Days Later fame, is the newest lady in waiting for Agent 007 in this fall's hotly anticipated SkyfallSkyfall. Starring opposite Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem, it's a once-in-a-lifetime role for the British stunner.

Luckily for her, Harris is a bit more than the typical Bond girl sex object. This chick whups major ass as field agent Eve, working in tandem with the world's most famous spy.

"I think the role of the Bond woman has changed so much over the years that it now doesn't follow a typical archetypical view," says Harris, via phone from South Africa, where she is starring as Winnie Mandela in a biopic. "Before, it was very much a beautiful woman who didn't contribute much and who usually ended up getting killed or was arm candy for Bond. But now the women in a Bond movie have so much more to offer. I don't know whether the title "Bond girl" is relevant anymore, but I'm happy to go with the role."

Harris agreed to the role without even reading the script and was happily surprised to learn that her character was well developed. Then the training started: two hours a day and nine months of running and shooting and combat training so she could hold her own with the boys.

"For someone who never ever exercises, it was a huge challenge and a lot to take on," she says. "It's the most physical role I've ever done."

It's also, frankly, fun to be a Black Brit starring in a British staple.

"I grew up with the Bond movies, and they're really part of British culture. I love the way I'm representing modern British Black women in this movie. That for me is a real sign of how much society has advanced and become much more multicultural."

Speaking of which, she does get personal with pretty boy Craig. Harris won't dish on the details of what looks to be a kiss and perhaps something more in the movie, but she does admit that no woman can resist 007's—or Craig's—charms.

"I think Daniel is the ultimate Bond for me because he brings a whole new dimension to it," says the actor. "And my character, Eve, is very ambitious and thrilled to be working alongside him. ... [Of course,] any woman who gets close to 007 ends up falling for his charms."

Source: Ebony, Nov2012, Vol. 67 Issue 1, p32-32

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Halle's Big Year!

Then she went on to complete filming her co-starring role opposite Pierce Brosnan in Die Another DayDie Another Day, the 20th in the very successful James Bond 007 film franchise. It is a highly coveted role, and few Black women have appeared in lead roles in Bond movies. It is also reported that with the big bucks she was paid for this movie, she has moved into the higher pay echelons for female actors.

In between the two projects, Berry proved that she is still the most enthralling, intriguing and mesmerizing actress since Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe graced the silver screen in the 1950s. Yet, despite her phenomenal success, or perhaps in part because of it, she seems to forever be the subject of gossip and speculation. But her misfortunes never seem to hold her back or break her spirit. She said simply: "Drama just follows me everywhere."

Drama was played out on the screen and in the streets with Monster's Ball, in which she starred opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Her performance garnered critical acclaim for Berry's acting skills, but it also generated controversy. Berry's character is a poor waitress who struggles to keep her life together after her husband (portrayed by Scan Combs) is executed. She develops a relationship and moves in with a man in hopes of a better life. Later she discovers that he is the prison guard who helped to execute her husband.

Berry's torrid, nude love scene with Thornton's character, who initially was shown as a racist, has been the subject of much media chatter and discussion among African-Americans. Opinions fervently were expressed by other actors in Hollywood, by folks in corporate offices, and by Brothers and Sisters in barbershops and beauty shops across the

country.

In fact, actress Angela Bassett set off a whole new wave of discussions when she was quoted in a national news magazine last summer. In the article, Bassett said she had turned down the lead role in Monster's Ball because she found the relationship between the two characters demeaning. She said she was not criticizing Berry, yet the article ignited a new firestorm of discussion about the movie and the love scene.

Making all this even more fascinating is the fact that despite controversies and some personal setbacks, Berry hasn't missed a beat with her booming career. From her memorable role as a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever on to Strictly Business and The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis (all released in 1991), she has gone on to star in both dramatic and comedic films, including Boomerang (1992) with Eddie Murphy, opposite Warren Beatty in Bulworth (1998), and as Storm in X-Men (2000).

Berry created quite a stir in Swordfish (2001) because it was the first movie in which she bared her breasts. After turning down numerous good roles because they required nudity, she said she decided to make Swordfish because her husband, R&B singer Eric Benét, supported her and encouraged her to take risks. (The couple was married in early 2001 in a small ceremony on a beach in Santa Barbara, Calif.)

With each role, Berry has won new fans, generated praise and gained valuable experience that she has parlayed into the next, usually bigger, movie role. Her talent, verve, tenacity and beauty have elevated her to the status of one of the country's, and the world's, most acclaimed and recognizable film stars.

Berry's Academy Award was especially sweet for the Cleveland, Ohio, former beauty queen because in 2000 she won praise and numerous awards for her starring role in the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Berry told EBONY that on many levels she identifies with Dandridge, a beautiful and talented actress who herself made history as the first Black woman to be nominated for the best actress Academy Award in 1954 for her role in Carmen Jones.

In the Bond movie, Die Another DayDie Another Day, Berry portrays Jinx, an adversary to James Bond, portrayed for the fourth time by Pierce Brosnan. Throughout much of the movie, Berry wears only a bikini, often with a diving knife strapped to her hip. Many have likened the image to that of Swiss actress Ursula Andress, who made a splash in the first James Bond movie, Dr. NoDr. No, 40 years ago clad in a bikini with a knife strapped around her waist.

Die Another DayDie Another Day begins in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea with a spectacular high-speed hovercraft chase. The action takes viewers around the world, during which Bond connects with two women (one of whom is Berry's Jinx) who play important but quite different roles in his quest to unmask a traitor and to prevent war of "catastrophic consequence." The movie was filmed in Britain, Hawaii, Spain and Iceland.

"It's splashy, it's exciting, it's sexy, it's provocative, it's fun and it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar," she has said of the movie. Of her character, Berry said: "She's the next step in the evolution of women in the Bond movies. She's more modern and not the classic villain." She also said that Jinx is fashionable. "She's fashion-forward, very sexy and takes fashion risks, and I love her for that."

Being in a James Bond movie, there are love scenes. But Bent says that after her sizzling nude scene in Monster's Ball, every love scene she portrays from now on will be a piece of cake. "You can't ever top that," she told a reporter of the scene in Monster's Ball. "I don't think it's possible. I don't really see a reason to ever go that far again. That was a unique movie. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again."

Die Another DayDie Another Day is scheduled for release in late November, and Berry has already moved on to other projects. She is slated to again portray Storm in the second X-Men movie. With an Oscar on her mantle, and James Bond under her belt, she has her choice of starring roles. "I've grown and been enriched and feel

more empowered and more excited about the future," she said. "For me, [as] a Black woman, this is just the beginning, because now the door is open."

The door never closes on the intriguing Halle Berry.

PHOTOS (COLOR): Halle Berry is shown in scenes from the new James Bond movie, Die Another DayDie Another Day, due for release in late November. Coming on the heels of her historic Oscar win, the sure-to-be blockbuster contributes to Halle's big year.

PHOTO (COLOR): At Screen Actors Guild Awards in March, Halle Berry is escorted by her husband, R&B recording artist Eric Benét.

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By Lynn Norment

Source: Halle's Big Year! By: Norment, Lynn, Ebony, 00129011, Nov2002, Vol. 58, Issue 1

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EMILY BOLTON - FROM BACH TO BOND

Former classical pianist strikes chord in MoonrakerMoonraker

Sensuous Emily Bolton has been certified as "licensed to thrill" since her role as Manuela, a romantic accomplice lo Roger Moore (above, right) in the James Rond thriller MoonrakerMoonraker. A former model. Emily has appeared in the film Valentino and regularly on British TV since shedding a budding career as a concert pianist. The Aruba-born actress, who speaks four languages, lives in London where she is in line for a lead part in a comedy thriller to be filmed in Europe, plus two other films being made in Hollywood.

THE bio sheet on Emily Bolton, a 28-year-old Caribbean beauty who plays a romantic accomplice to Agent 007 in the latest James Bond thriller, MoonrakerMoonraker, says she is "licensed to thrill." A more appropriate description would have been difficult to find. Perfectly chiseled features, delicate charm and an elegant figure quickly explain why But aside from the "built-ins," the dusky-eyed Emily has a sackful of academic credentials—like four languages—and a myriad of talents cultivated by her fashion designer mother and accountant father that make her one of the hottest newcomers in film.

At first, however, after her parents started her on the road toward becoming a concert pianist at age six upon leaving their native island of Aruba off the coast of Venezuela, it seemed that the closest she’d ever come to the screen was at the local movie house.

But much to the horror of Emily’s Dutch tutors, who firmly envisioned her seated behind a grand piano, "itchy-footed" Emily switched directions at 18 and decided to pursue an acting career, taking private classes in acting, singing and dancing in Amsterdam and London while working as a part-time fashion model and appearing in television commercials. The results: numerous appearances on British TV, a 1976 screen debut dancing with ballet star Rudolph Nureyev in Valentino and now MoonrakerMoonraker. Already in line for a lead part in a comedy thriller to be filmed in Europe, Emily continues to move up. It appears the music world's loss is the film industry's gain. Sorry about that Chopin.

Source:    Ebony, Nov1979, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p58-59

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TRINA PARKS: THE GIRL WHO ZAPS JAMES BOND

Trina grew up in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant ghetto (her mother died years ago; her father. Chuck Frazier, is a musician who played saxophone and flute with Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington) and made her professional debut in 1964 as a dancer with the Katherine Dunham Kevue. She followed the Broadway and off-Broadway theater route while working up a nightclub act as a singer.

She was in Las Vegas singing in the Flamingo Hotel Lounge when she heard that the Diamonds crew was in town looking for a girl to do a wild scene with actor Sean Connery. "I didn't know what kind of 'wild scene' they were talking about," Trina laughs, "but I decided to go over and check it out anyway." She got the part—one which teams her with stunt actress Donna Carratt as bodyguards of a recluse millionaire. In a spectacular scene, the girls employ some well-placed kicks and blows to pummel Bond from the living room to the swimming pool of the millionaire’s home. To film the scene, Trina was given a two-week leave of absence from the Flamingo Lounge. "James Rond only comes into a girl's life once—if she's lucky, so I just had to have that leave," she says. Rehearsal and filming of her fight sequence was not unlike a dance performance. "Just about everything was choreographed in detail by stunt producer Paul Baxley," Trina says.

"And I hope." she says, "that the industry doesn't start typing me

as that kind of actress . . . you know, the superphysical type with not many lines to say. I’m interested in being an actress, not a stunt girl."

If she accomplishes that, Trina would be a "triple threat" — actress, dancer and singer. "Wonder if I can make it really big in all three fields . . . big hit records, good film roles, top club dates, even concerts?" asks Trina with all the bubbliness of a little girl who's just been handed three super-swell toys.

Diamonds is Trina’s fifth movie following earlier small roles in The Great White Hope, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Night Gallery and Deux Anges Sont Venus, a film she made in Paris while on tour with the Dunham troupe. Her theater work has included roles in Emperor Jones, House of Flowers, Her First Roman and The Prodigal Son. She also has appeared on a number of TV programs, including The Dean Martin Show, Hollywood Palace and the Dionne Warwicke Special.

Two forthcoming black-oriented films may provide important showcases for Trina’s talent as an actress. They are the sequels to Shaft and Cotton Comes to Harlem, both of which are being filmed in New York. Trina has talked with Shaft director Gordon Parks and with Cotton star Raymond St. Jacques and she says, "I asked them to consider only one thing—that I be given a chance to show that I'm not a deaf-mute . . . that I can handle a major speaking role." St. Jacques also is considering Trina for a role in The Book of Numbers, a film he will produce and direct and in which he will star.

It seems that Trina Parks is on her way.

(Photo) Trina Parks, who plays "Thumper," a bikini-clad bodyguard of a multi-millionaire recluse, in latest James Bond film, Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever, perches on rock in employer’s home, observes actions of Sean Connery as Agent 007.

(Photo) Bond is ever the gallant as he helps "Thumper" from her perch, but learns too late why girl has been given unusual name as he recoils (right) from her sudden attack. Trina is a dancer and singer who took leave of absence from show in Las Vegas hotel lounge for filming of role.

(Photo) "Thumper" is joined by another bodyguard, “Bambi" (Donna Garratt), for assault during which Bond is given one of worst beatings of his career. Below. he picks himself off floor to ward off new assault.

(Photo) Temporarily beaten, Bond heads for a cooling-off in swimming pool of girls’ employer’s home. But the unconquerable 007 makes comeback when girls dive into pool after him to finish their job, yet instead fall prey to agents savvy.

(Photo) TRINA Parks finishes a dance rehearsal, eases off her slippers and lets her willowy five-foot-eight body sort of melt into a position of relaxation. Wow! She sure doesn't look now like "Thumper." that kicking, karate-chopping bodyguard who helps give Agent 007 such an awful beating in the new James Bond film, Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever.

(Photo) In concert in New York's Carnegie Hall, Trina (l.) dances with Claudine Howard and Loretta Abbott in Sights and Sounds show. Choreographed hy Morton Winston, show also featured dancers Al Perryman, Otis Salid.

(Photo) During performance, Trina dances solo (r.) then with partner Otis Salid (below). She grew up in Brooklyn, studied dance at Brooklyn Academy of Music and at Carnegie Hall. She says fight sequence in Bond film called for movements "very much like those one uses in dance." Trina also had a part in film The Great White Hope.

(Photo) The performance ended, Tiina takes bows with other members of company. A few days later, she left for dance concerts in Bahamas. Trina has appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway shows, is now interested in developing her career in movies.

(Photo) In New York, a begoggled Trina waits for subway train. Below, she stops by apartment of actor Raymond St. Jacques to discuss possible role in sequel to film Cotton Comes to Harlem which St. Jacques was filming in Manhattan. With them is St, Jacques' son. Sterling.

(Photo) In her N. Y. apartment,

(Photo) Trina prepares tea for herself and her boyfriend, actor-model Charles Elder. They live in Los Angeles but come to New York often to work. Below, Trina, who has broken her shoe heel enroute to rehearsal, stops in shop for repair.

Source:     Ebony, Mar1972, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p68-74

 
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