JAMES BOND: SKYFALL Actress Naomie Harris May be Confirmed as the New Moneypenny

After months of rumors about her role in the upcoming 23rd installment of the James Bond film franchise, including an outright denial by Harris herself, it's been solidified that the British actress will be bringing M's personal assistant back to the silver screen.

In SKYFALL, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

After Entertainment Weekly's announcement that actress Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later) had joined the project, speculation arose whether she'd be playing the next 'Bond girl' or if she has been cast as the new Miss Moneypenny; a staple in James Bond mythology who has yet to appear in the origin series that began with Casino Royale.

Even though Harris herself has denied the Moneypenny rumor, it appears she has inadvertently confirmed it as well. Harris authored a featured editorial for The Daily Mail, in which she detailed her favorite tropical locales to visit when away from her hometown of London, and touched upon her role in the upcoming Bond film. The article, titled 'Moneypenny in Paradise' even closes with the line:

"There will certainly be some exotic locations, but as Miss Moneypenny I’ll probably get no further than Pinewood Studios! But if we had the chance, we would return to the Maldives in a heartbeat."

Miss Jane Moneypenny is the confidential clerk and private secretary to M, the head of MI6. She holds the rank of Lieutenant RN, which is a prerequisite rank for this position. She is cleared for Top-Secret, Eyes-Only and Cabinet-Level intelligence reports, the latter of which she is often required to prepare, and in some cases present. M's personal assistant is utterly dedicated to her work, which means she has little time for a social life. A close confidante of her boss, she also enjoys a flirtatious — though never consummated — relationship with 007, whom she understands perfectly. Lois Maxwell was the original actress to play the flirtatious MI-6 secretary, followed by Caroline Bliss, Barbara Bouchet, Pamela Salem and finally Samantha Bond (during the Brosnan-Bond years).

Skyfall is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as Agent 007 James Bond, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. SKYFALL will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012.