“I used a lot of music, too,” she said of her inspiration. “I got to meet with Shirley Bassey when I did some research. And to me she’s the ultimate Bond girl. She has such a huge presence and powerful voice. So sexy, so beautiful. I listened to music a lot of her on the set.”
Harris asserted that being a Bond girl today means more than just being window dressing. These are rigorous, physical roles that require lots of training.
“I had to do two months of preparation for the action stuff,” she said. “I was out five days a week, two hours a day doing my yoga, combat training, running, all kinds of action stuff. Then I was three days a week on the gun range and one day a week doing combat training with the stunt guys, and then I was also doing stunt driving twice a week. So it was a lot more intense than I realized.
“It was hard work, to be honest,” Harris said. “Because I’m actually incredibly unfit. When we started I couldn’t run around the block. ... And now I can do two-and-a-half kilometers, and that for me is really amazing, though I know it’s not very much. It was really hard work, but I got a lot out of it. And I feel a lot more energized now for having got fitter.”