Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and ESSENCE Magazine are teaming up to recognize the ‘Black Women of Bond’ on November 3 at the California African-American Museum. This special event takes place in advanced of the North American release of the 007 film Spectre opening November 6. It will also celebrate the enduring legacy that these actresses have made in the groundbreaking, iconic franchise.

‘Black Women of Bond’ will feature 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). Also being recognized is Oscar winning-actress Halle Berry (2002’s Die Another Day) plus fashion and music icon, Grace Jones (1985’s A View To A Kill). 

An anticipated highlight of the affair will come when Parks and Hendry discuss their experiences as Bond Girls, and laud 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 are tremendously excited to join this celebration.”

The tribute is part of a collaborative effort between AAFCA, ESSENCE, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures & Terry Hines and Associates’ (THA) urban divisions.

Check out a few of the ladies on screen moments below: