The Insider in Exotic Istanbul with 007
By DAVID WEINER
May 02, 2012
The Insider is in exotic Istanbul with 007 Daniel Craig and the new Bond girls of Skyfall -- Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe -- and our own Christina McLarty cuts right to the chase about the possibility of any new sexy and iconic swimsuits scenes in the movie. Can Craig confirm or deny?
"I take my clothes off. What can I say, it's a living," jokes Craig, who says that Naomie "looks great in a swimsuit" and praises, "Bérénice and Naomie are very beautiful, talented actresses, and they've just come in and they've really stamped their mark on the movie, and we're very lucky to have them."
Of a sexy swimsuit moment, Naomie defers with a laugh, "Ooh, I couldn't possibly say… I don't think you'll be disappointed."
Craig's third turn as James Bond also marks the third time the 50-year franchise has used the Turkish city as a backdrop. It was first seen in 1963's From Russia with Love with Sean Connery, and then Pierce Bosnan returned to the locale in 1999's The World is Not Enough. Two other Turkish locations in Skyfall include Adana and Fethiye.
"Bond has got very strong connection with Istanbul and Turkey, so it's great to be back on the 50th year," says the 44-year-old star. "It's one of my favorite cities, so personally it's just a big pleasure for me."
In theaters November 9, Skyfall finds Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) tested when 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.
The specific roles of Naomie, Bérénice and Ola in the movie are being kept under tight wraps, but Naomi says, "What it means to be a Bond girl has really changed over the years, and I think that's really important, because it had to move with the times and be representative of women as they are today. For me now, 'Bond girl' says strength, it says intelligence, class, elegance, sophistication, beauty…"