Bond star Naomie Harris backs new Extinction Rebellion climate change film

The British Academy of Film and Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London
FILE PHOTO: Naomie Harris arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

August 13, 2020

By Matthew Green

LONDON (Reuters) – British actress Naomie Harris and musician Brian Eno have teamed up to produce a short film backing calls for urgent action to slow climate change, in support of civil disobedience campaign Extinction Rebellion.

Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond movies “Skyfall,” “Spectre” and the forthcoming “No Time To Die”, provides the voice-over for the animation, which also explores the threat posed by the accelerating loss of species.

“I’m proud to be able to lend my voice to this project, which I hope will inspire viewers to get behind the ambitions of Extinction Rebellion with a great deal of urgency,” Harris said in a statement ahead of the film’s release on Thursday.

Called “We Must Act Now,” the film is the first of two animations backed by Hollywood stars to support Extinction Rebellion, which originated in Britain and mobilised thousands of volunteers to peacefully offer themselves for arrest at climate protests last year.

The second film, called “Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic,” is voiced by actress Keira Knightley, and argues for emergency action on global warming.

Hundreds of scientists and academics have backed Extinction Rebellion, saying that civil disobedience is the only option left to force governments to embrace the scale of action needed to prevent millions of deaths due to climate change.

Critics say the movement’s disruptive protests, which shut down parts of London last year, have stretched police resources and caused unnecessary inconvenience to commuters.

Nevertheless, the movement has attracted a string of celebrity backers, including Eno, who composed the animation’s soundtrack.

In January, Joaquin Phoenix, who won a best actor Oscar this year for his performance in “Joker”, starred as a medic battling to save planet Earth in a two-minute film to support Extinction Rebellion and San Francisco-based Amazon Watch.

(Reporting by Matthew Green, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)