Spectre, the 24th installment in the James Bond 007 franchise, is hitting U.S. theaters Nov. 6, but first, the Black women who have played an instrumental role in the world-famous films will be acknowledged.
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is teaming up with Essence magazine, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Terry Hines and Associates’ urban division on Nov. 3 at the California African American Museum to honor the Black actresses who starred in James Bond films from previous years. Those honored will include Trina Parks (1971’s Diamonds are Forever), Gloria Hendry (1973’s Live and Let Die) and Naomie Harris (2012’s Skyfall, 2015’s Spectre). All three women will be in attendance, and exclusive portraits captured by notable photographer Kwaku Alston will be unveiled.
During the ceremony, Hendry and Parks, who were among the first Black women to be included in the series, will share their experience as Bond Girls. Harris will be praised for her recurring role as Eve Moneypenny. Clips from Halle Berry and Grace Jones’s starring roles in the franchise will also be featured.
“James Bond films are known worldwide as classic and enduring, featuring some of cinema’s most indelible moments. These films have a long history of recognizing diverse images, and Black women have played a key part in that. These women carry the tradition with sophistication and beauty. It is a true honor to shine a light on their contributions to cinema history,” said AAFCA President Gil Robertson IV. “We are tremendously excited to join this celebration.”
Cori Murray, the entertainment director for Essence magazine, also pointed out that the graceful roles that the honored actresses portrayed is something to be proud of and deserves recognition.
“Essence is proud to honor the talented women who are a part of this spectacular celebration,” said Murray. “With their presence in the Bond franchise, each of these five icons have transformed the way Black women are seen around the world. We’ve been so proud of Naomie and thrilled to have her on our cover. We look forward to seeing her star continue to rise.”
Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as Bond, opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 6.