In terms of the famed, eye candy-heavy “Bond girl” trope, the recent run of 007 films with Daniel Craig have done their part to make some of the women in James Bond’s life more complex (most of the time). How that streak will continue in Sam Mendes’ upcoming Spectre has yet to be seen, but USA Today just revealed our best look yet at the women of the 24th film in the franchise.
Toplining the international ladies of the movie is Italian actress Monica Bellucci (above) who plays Lucia Sciarra. After crossing paths with Bond in the wake of her mafioso husband’s murder, Sciarra strikes up a relationship with the spy. “She comes from a man’s world,” Bellucci said. “But when the attraction between them takes place and she realizes her feminine power on him, then she trusts him to save her.”
Working the more mysterious end of Spectre is Parisian “Mission Impossible” alum Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann — a doctor who also happens to be the daughter of an assassin. “He comes to find her,” Seydoux said of her first meeting with Bond, “and she doesn’t want anything to do with him.”
Returning from the well-received Skyfall is Naomie Harris as secretary turned MI6 agent Moneypenny. Her near deadly encounter with James last time out “made her reassess what she was doing as a profession and what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She wants to support in a different way. There’s a maturity in that decision and a groundedness you see with her,” the actress explained.
Rounding out the ladies is Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as Estrella. With no last name given, the actress offered little except that “there’s a lot of Stephanie in her. She’s a lot like me. We like to have fun and we’re joyful people. I found her really easy to play and go with the flow and just be me.”
Whether that vague proclamation hints as a more mystery-based storyline for the character or a more one night stand role, we’ll have to wait until November 6 when Spectre arrives in theaters.
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