Articles: Halle Berry: “Being in a James Bond film is the highlight of my career.”




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By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Halle Berry was one of four Bond actresses who were honored by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) last night in downtown Los Angeles, Calif.

Berry was joined by Trina Parks, the first black actress to play in a James Bond film in 1973's “Diamonds Are Forever,” Gloria Hendry, who shared a sexual scene with Roger Moore in “Live and Let Die, and ” Naomie Harris the first black British actress to star in a Bond film. Harris plays Moneypenny in “Skyfall” and the 24th James Bond installment “Spectre.”

“I am so proud to stand here with these gorgeous, talented and wonderful women, the ones that paved the way for me to be part of the Bond franchise,” said Berry, who became the most popular black Bond girl ever when she played Jinx Johnson in “Die Another Day" which was released in 2002. “To be part of the Bond franchise is to be part of history and to be part of this legacy is a huge honor. It’s been the highlight of my career and I will never forget the experience as it has been one of the best experiences of my entire life.”

Naomie Harris and Halle Berry

Missing was Jamaican actress Grace Jones, who played the striking villain May Day in “A View To Kill” in 1985.

Titled the “Black Women of Bond Tribute,” the event, a collaboration between AAFCA and Essence Magazine, was created to honor and celebrate the groundbreaking accomplishments of these five black women who have been part of the longest movie franchise.

The tribute consisted of a musical performance by Long Beach, Calif. based R&B soul artist Choklate.

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