Spectre star Naomie Harris promises more action for Moneypenny

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Box Office: ‘Spectre’ Shoots to Record $9.2 Million on First Full Day in U.K..

EVERY now and then a Bond film will hint that its hero might actually be a human being. “Spectre” has hauled a record-breaking $9.2 million on its first full day, giving the 24th Bond pic the biggest Tuesday gross of all time in the U.K. and topping “Skyfall’s” first day earnings.

“SPECTRE,” the 24th installment of the James Bond saga, may not open until next week, but you needn’t be a cinematic swami to predict what will befall Daniel Craig’s 007. Martinis will be shaken, duplicitous women will be wooed, gifted villains will be thwarted and, once again, men will drift out of theaters wishing to emulate our hero. In “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, 007 was vulnerable enough to get married, and in “For Your Eyes Only” he laid flowers on his wife’s grave (before, of course, being nearly murdered by a remote-controlled helicopter). That is, M’s quip-loving secretary character — portrayed by such actresses as Lois Maxwell, Caroline Bliss, and Samantha Bond over the years — whose primary function in the long-running spy franchise has been to shuffle top-secret documents across her desk and flirt with 007 upon his arrival in the office.

Sam Mendes also returns to direct the film, which sends Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the widow of an infamous criminal. In Spectre (Nov. 6), Harris returns to the role in a crucial capacity: she must help 007’s rogue efforts to infiltrate the furtive terrorist syndicate SPECTRE against the wishes of her Secret Intelligence Services overseers. EW caught up with the Cambridge-educated British actress in London to talk about the rise of the “Bond woman” and her character’s growth from one sequel to the next.

Connery’s Bond epitomized rakish ’60s and early ’70s cool, but unlike, say, Steve McQueen in 1968’s “Bullitt,” not all of his looks qualify as timeless. (See the mustard turtleneck and fat pink tie in “Diamonds Are Forever.”) In the mid-90s, Pierce Brosnan turned Bond into a badass dressed in all-black fatigues, but were you to borrow that look today for your commute, your fellow straphangers might wonder if you’d gotten lost en route to Quantico. That’s not to mention some of 007’s most laughable fashion moments. (We’re looking at you, Roger Moore.) So while Bond’s status as fashion icon is solid, he’s not always a paragon for everyday dressing.

Directed by Sam Mendes, who also made “Skyfall”, “Spectre” opens with a bravura pre-credit sequence set in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead. In one breathtaking, unbroken take, a roving camera follows Bond as he dodges parade crowds and nips in and out of hotels until he is pointing his sniper’s rifle at his latest target.

His unauthorised Mexico mission gets him into hot water with his boss M (Ralph Fiennes), but also alerts him to a mysterious conspiracy, and soon he is continent-hopping from London to Rome to the Austrian Alps to Tangiers and back. Never. “He looks like a bloke,” said Nick Sullivan, an editor at Esquire magazine and a Bond aficionado. “He’s more understandable to the regular guy. Eventually, he comes face to face with Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), the nefarious, Nehru-jacketed leader of a sinister organisation with a familiar name: Spectre. (In earlier Bond films, this stood for the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. In the new one, the acronym has been quietly dropped.) Oberhauser welcomes 007 into his lair with a variation on the time-honoured Bond-villain greeting (“Good evening, Mr Bond.

As we witness his next ill-advised leaps from trains and crumbling buildings—rumored to be his last—here are five lessons that can help all men become more stylish, 00 or no. Craig and his predecessors is that our current Bond appears in off-duty clothes like Sunspel polos and N.Peal knits nearly as frequently as he does in Italian suits. “The modern Bond is a bit more sporty,” said Esquire’s Mr. When Bond’s parents died, we are told, it was Oberhauser’s father who took in the orphaned James, and it was Oberhauser’s father who taught him to ski and shoot—to be James Bond, in other words. Not only is he responsible for the wickedness in “Spectre”, but also he seems to have pulled the strings in Daniel Craig’s other Bond films, too. Everything that happened in “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall” was apparently a result of Oberhauser’s father spending too much time with little James.

Take that Sunspel polo for example, which was updated for the actor’s muscular body with a narrower armhole and shorter fit than a traditional polo, making him appear crisp and considered, even in something as casual as a short-sleeve shirt. Three of its screenwriters are Bond veterans, but the fourth, Jez Butterworth, was brought in to polish the script until it gleamed. 007’s banter with the nerdy Q (Ben Whishaw) is a particular treat. By making Oberhauser the series’ over-arching villain, “Spectre” shrinks Bond’s fictional universe down to something as tiny as a family spat. Maybe it’s England’s abundance of cobblestone streets but other Brit labels like Church’s, Edward Green and Alfred Sargent also tend to favor these rugged rubber soles. Craig’s suits, too, are tailored for mobility. “When it’s well-cut you can do anything in a suit,” said costume designer Jany Temime, who worked on “Skyfall” and “Spectre.” Look for a slightly lower armhole and less of a contour around the midsection, which will give you a wider range of motion without bursting your seams.

But actually he was just fending off the pot-shots of a jealous foster brother, played by the usually outstanding Mr Waltz with pouting smarminess rather than the requisite menace. Craig wears a single-breasted Tom Ford topcoat to a museum, a Billy Reid pea coat at a meeting in Shanghai and a waxed-cotton Barbour jacket out in the Scottish countryside. It is customary now for action-adventure franchises to obsess over their heroes’ traumatic childhoods: witness the “Star Wars” prequels and Fox’s new Batman-as-boy series, “Gotham”. Ian Fleming’s secret agent was a man with a job to do, one anonymous (and terribly smooth) spy among many, a small cog in the machinery of cold war espionage.

Invest in classics—add to the above list a beige trench and brown leather bomber—that can last a decade, providing exactly the right topper at the right time, with a minimum of shopping fuss. What is even more troubling about Oberhauser’s motivation is that it renders all of Bond’s achievements meaningless. “Spectre” establishes that every bit of death and destruction in the series stems from familial resentment, not because power-hungry villains are constantly trying to colonise the globe. Craig’s otherwise dark wardrobe without being too overpowering of a statement. “I like a muted palette so that [Craig’s] personality shines through,” she said.

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