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Hey remember when Naomie Harris was going to be a big deal? Yeah me neither but I think it was back in 2002, or something. She was in 28 Days Later, and pretty good in that. She’s worked steadily since then, but unless you count her cameo in one of those Pirates movies she hasn’t been in much you’ve ever heard of. Now though, she might show up in a Bond movie.

A rumor first circulated by British tabloid News of the World and later confirmed by Shadow and Act says Harris has been offered a role in James Bond 23. I guess that makes her the next Bond girl, though she’s being described as “Daniel Craig’s sexy sidekick”. Sidekick with benefits? This is James Bond, after all.

The thing is, there hasn’t really been much actual progress on getting Bond 23 made. The movie was stalled for awhile after MGM’s financial troubles, though more recently it’s seemed to have gotten back on track. It’s in pre-production and it even has a November 9, 2012 release date. If they’re actually making offers to Bond girls, take that as another positive sign that this thing is really happening at last.

As for Naomie Harris… she doesn’t exactly seem like the traditional sexpot Bond girl type. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but don’t be surprised if they also cast a Halle Berry or Denise Richards typed actress to fill the hot chick role, even if Harris is in the film. It’s not that she isn’t pretty, I just don’t see potential Bond bedmate as her type.