dotsTHE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION and the BLACK WOMEN OF BOND TRIBUTE, HONORING THE ICONIC ACTRESSES FROM THE JAMES BOND SERIES IN ADVANCE OF SPECTRE

Published on November 4, 2015 by Sonya's Spotlight
Honoree Halle Berry attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

 

WomenTributeBritish actress Naomie Harris Joins Ageless Bond Beauties in Celebrating the Venerable Franchise 

In advance of the highly anticipated North American release of the 24th edition of the wildly popular James Bond (007) franchise, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Terry Hines and Associates’ (THA) urban division partnered with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and ESSENCE Magazine to present a special event that celebrated the enduring legacy that black actresses have made to this groundbreaking, iconic franchise.

On November 3rd at the California African American Museum, the evening included the unveiling of exclusive portraits shot by renowned photographer Kwaku Alston of 007 veteran stars in attendance, Trina Parks (1971’s Diamonds are Forever), Gloria Hendry (1973’s Live and Let Die) and Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Spectre). Superstar and Academy Award Winner Halle Berry was on hand to discuss her appreciation for being a part of such an enduring legacy.  Select footage from each of their films were featured in the program.  ESSENCE Magazine exclusively revealed their December cover at the event, a stunning feature of Naomie Harris, seen for the first time by the audience assembled.

A highlight of the affair came when Berry, Parks and Hendry discussed their experiences as Bond Girls, and lauded Naomie Harris for her role as Eve Moneypenny in the Bond series. Parks and Hendry were among the first women of color to be a part of the franchise, providing film history some if its most memorable moments. “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,” says AAFCA president, Gil Robertson IV. “We were tremendously excited to join this celebration.”

“ESSENCE is proud to honor the talented women who are a part of this spectacular celebration,” says Cori Murray, Entertainment Director for ESSENCE Magazine. “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 opens in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.      

Actress Elise Neal attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Actress Elise Neal attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Actress Garcelle Beauvais attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Actress LisaRaye McCoy attend the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Actress LisaRaye McCoy attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Honoree Gloria Hardry

Honoree Gloria Hardry

Honoree Halle Berry attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum -

Honoree Halle Berry

Honoree Halle Berry speaks onstage during the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Honoree Halle Berry

Honoree Naomie Harris attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Honoree Naomie Harris

Honoree Trina Parks attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Honoree Trina Parks

Honorees Gloria Hendry, Trina Parks, Halle Berry, and Naomie Harris speak onstage during the Black Women of Bond Tribute -

Honorees Gloria Hendry, Trina Parks, Halle Berry, and Naomie Harris

Honorees Naomie Harris (L) and Halle Berry attend the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Honorees Naomie Harris (L) and Halle Berry

Honorees Trina Parks, Naomie Harris, Halle Berry, and Gloria Hendry attend the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Honorees Naomie Harris (L) and Halle Berry

LisaRaye McCoy (L) and singer Chante Moore attend the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

LisaRaye McCoy (L) and singer Chante Moore

Singer Choklate attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Singer Choklate

Singer Freda Payne attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Singer Freda Payne

Tonya Tran attends the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum

Tonya Tran

      WomenTributePhotos by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for THAurban

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