Having the opportunity to co-star beside a suave British intelligence agent such as James Bond, requires a lot of skill and technique. According to 36-year-old actress Naomie Harris, prepping for her starring role in, Skyfall, proved to be more strenuous than she originally expected.

While promoting the franchise’s 23rd installment of Bond, Harris took time out to speak with the Huffington Post about her new role as 007’s sidekick, in addition to her thoughts on Idris Elba possibly becoming the first black James Bond.

How would you describe your character, Eve, as the latest Bond Girl?

She’s very independent, very playful. And what’s really exciting for me about the role is that you see her going toe to toe with Bond. She’s out in the field as a field agent, sees herself just as capable as him firing sniper rifles, Walther MPKs, and just having a blast at the beginning of the movie. Things go a bit wrong and she begins to question whether or not she’s right for the field work.

I could imagine handling such heavy artillery comes with a good amount of skill. How did you train for the film?

For two months, before we started filming, I had a personal trainer and she took me out five days a week for two hours a day. And she really kind of kicked my butt and got me into shape with lots of yoga, running, and circuit training. And then I was at the gun range three times a week learning how to fire machine guns, Walther MPKs, and sniper rifles. And then I was doing stunt driving twice a week. So for two months I was very, very busy even though we hadn’t started filming, just prepping for the role.

Do you have a favorite Bond film?

Mine would be “Casino Royale,” because it was the first time that I saw more of a vulnerable Bond. And I loved that, because it made me more attached to the character. I was more on the edge of my seat, because I really genuinely didn’t know what was going to happen to him. Whereas before, they were kind of like cartoon characters. You knew no matter what that they dodged a bullet, wouldn’t get hurt, or they never fall for the girl. This movie added the whole element of danger which I loved.

While reading the script, did you find yourself going back to take any notes from previous Bond girls?

No, in fact I really tried to do the opposite. I really felt like I didn’t want to be straight jacketed by knowing too much about what was done in the past. I didn’t want to try and make my character similar to someone in the past. I was specifically asked by the producers and director to come in and add a modern character. And that was really important to me to make her original.

In recent years there’s been talks of the possibility of fans seeing a black James Bond at some point. Do you have any personal favorites that you would consider for the role?

I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli [James Bond producer] and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy. [Laughs]

He’s also a fellow London native, as well.

That’s right. I didn’t even realize that until I started to work with him. I thought he was an American based on his role on “The Wire.” [Laughs]

Speaking of filming, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, with Idris. What can fans expect from your role as Winnie Mandela?

Well, it’ll be completely different from my role in Bond. [Laughs] It’ll be very raw, very emotional, and it’s the most challenging role that I ever played. It’s a role that I’m most proud of.

Are there any other projects that you’re currently working on aside from promoting Skyfall and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom?

No, not at the moment. I did Bond which was nine months long, then I took a two day break and went off to South Africa to film my part as Winnie Mandela. I finished that just over a month ago. And now I’m doing a worldwide tour promoting Bond. So after this is finished my only thoughts are about taking a break and going on a nice holiday.

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: Naomie Harris attends a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    British actress Naomie Harris poses at a photocall to announce the start of production of the 23rd film in the James Bond series; 'Skyfall', in central London, on November 3, 2011. The film sees Daniel Craig return to the role in his third outing as the spy hero and will be directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes with Harris co-staring. Production begins on November 7 with worldwide release scheduled for October 26th 2012. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    British actress Naomie Harris poses at a photocall to announce the start of production of the 23rd film in the James Bond series; 'Skyfall', in central London, on November 3, 2011. The film sees Daniel Craig return to the role in his third outing as the spy hero and will be directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes with Harris co-staring. Production begins on November 7 with worldwide release scheduled for October 26th 2012. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) French actress Berenice Marlohe, British actor Daniel Craig and British actress Naomie Harris pose at a photocall to announce the start of production of the 23rd film in the James Bond series; 'Skyfall', in central London on November 3, 2011. The film sees Craig return to the role in his third outing as the spy hero and will be directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and will co-star Harris and Marlohe. Production begins on November 7 with worldwide release scheduled for October 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris attend a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Naomie Harris attends a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris attend a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris attends a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Berenice Marlohe, Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris attends a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: Berenice Marlohe, Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig attend a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: Berenice Marlohe, Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris attend a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Naomie Harris attends a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the start of production which is due to commence on the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar on November 3, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 12: Naomie Harris arrives at the after party of Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at Grosvenor House, on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    ISTANBUL TURKEY - APRIL 29: (L-R) Director Sam Mendes, Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig attend a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the filming of the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Ciragan Palace on April 29, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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    ISTANBUL TURKEY - APRIL 29: Naomie Harris attends a photocall with cast and filmmakers to mark the filming of the 23rd Bond Film 'Skyfall' at Ciragan Palace on April 29, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actresses Naomie Harris and Bernice Marlohe attend 'Skyfall' Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Actors Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Bernice Marlohe and Javier Bardem attend 'Skyfall' Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actress Naomie Harris attends 'Skyfall' Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actress Naomie Harris attends 'Skyfall' Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actress Naomie Harris attends 'Skyfall' Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actress Naomie Harris attends 'Skyfall' Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actress Naomie Harris attends 'Skyfall' Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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    Actors Berenice Marlohe, left, Daniel Craig and Naomi Harris pose for photographs at a photocall for the new James Bond film, at a central London restaurant venue, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. The film is the 23 in the series, and goes into production on November 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

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    Actresses Berenice Marlohe, left, and Naomi Harris pose for photographs at the photo call for the new James Bond film titled Skyfall, at a central London restaurant venue, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. The film is the 23 in the series, and goes into production on November 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

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    Director Sam Mendes, third from left, with actors, from left Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Naomi Harris and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, pose for photographs at the photo call for the new James Bond film titled Skyfall, at a central London restaurant venue, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. The film is the 23 in the series, and goes into production on November 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

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    Actress Naomi Harris poses for photographs at the photo call for the new James Bond film titled Skyfall, at a central London restaurant venue, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. The film is the 23 in the series, and goes into production on November 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

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    From left actors, Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Berenice Marlohe, and Ola Rapace arrive for the photo call of the 23rd film in the James Bond series, 'Skyfall', in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo )

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    From left, British actors Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig and French actress Berenice Marlohe arrive for the photo call of the 23rd film in the James Bond series, 'Skyfall', in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo )

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    From left, British actors Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig and French actress Berenice Marlohe arrive for the photo call of the 23rd film in the James Bond series, 'Skyfall', in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo )

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    British actress Naomie Harris arrives for the photo call of the 23rd film in the James Bond series, 'Skyfall', in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo )

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    British actress Naomie Harris poses during a photo call for the new James Bond film "Skyfall" at the Crosby Street Hotel on Monday Oct. 15, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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    Director Sam Mendes, left, poses with actors Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Berenice Marlohe and Javier Bardem during a photo call for the new James Bond film "Skyfall" at the Crosby Street Hotel on Monday Oct. 15, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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    Actors, from left, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Berenice Marlohe and Judi Dench pose for photographs at the "Skyfall" photo call at the Dorchester Hotel in central London on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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