"Daniel lives and breathes Bond," Naomie Harris says about costar Craig

By Michael Miller
Updated October 13, 2015 04:00 PM
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What would James Bond do without Miss Moneypenny?

Naomie Harris, who’s reprising her role as 007’s trusty secretary in the franchise’s next installment, Spectre, is coming to the defense of her onscreen boss, played by Daniel Craig.

“Daniel lives and breathes Bond,” the actress told BBC News in response to Craig’s recent comments to Time Out London that he would rather “slash [his] wrists” than play the spy again.

“I’m over it at the moment,” he added. “We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

But Harris says Craig was “just being sarcastic” and believes his words were “blown out of proportion.”

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“It was not as he intended it,” she said, noting that her costar’s “sense of humor … doesn’t come across particularly well in print.”

Craig, who became a box-office superstar with the franchise, received some criticism for the remarks, including a social media jab from Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo.

“This dude needs a reality check,” the actress tweeted in response to the interview.

Spectre is rumored to be Craig’s final turn as the British secret agent, and speculation has already begun as to who will be his successor.

“I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything,” he told Time Out about reprising the role. “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

Harris is certainly hoping he returns, and told BBC News she views Craig as the “ultimate Bond,” adding “it wouldn’t be Bond without him.”