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Naomie Harris hints at Daniel Craig's return as James Bond

Naomie Harris

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH actress Naomie Harris has hinted that Daniel Craig may yet return for another James Bond film.

Speaking to the BBC after she was awarded an OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, the star – who plays Moneypenny in the 007 franchise – said she felt “there was a very good chance” that Craig will reprise his role as the world’s most famous spy for a fifth time.

“I really don’t think that they’ve moved on from Daniel,” she said, in reference to the film’s producers, Barbara and Michael.

She continued: “I think there’s a very good chance that Daniel will come back. I think it’s way too early to be thinking about other people at this stage.

“I think the fact that the last two Bonds – Spectre and Skyfall – have been the highest-grossing Bond movies of all time shows that people love him as Bond, and they desperately want him to return.

“And I don’t think Daniel is immune to that. I think he’s very aware, so I think that adds an extra level of pressure. But he has to ultimately do what feels right to him.”

Harris, who was awarded an OBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours, said that collecting her award from the Queen was “lovely”.

The recognition caps a memorable few months for the actress, who now heads to the Oscars on Sunday to find out whether she will be named best supporting actress for her role in acclaimed gay coming-of-age drama Moonlight, in which she plays a drug-addicted mother.

Harris was also Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominated for the role, and was honoured by the London Critics’ Circle for her performance in the film – not bad for a role she shot in just three days and almost turned down.

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