Do you know how many of James Bond’s 77 leading ladies were French actresses since the first 007 movie was made over 50 years ago?
Yes, you diehard fans! You are correct… there were 10 including the latest; Léa Seydoux, who brings a new depth to the traditional role played by a ‘Bond girl’. She is the daughter of an assassin but becomes his friend aswell as his lover making him question some of his long held beliefs. Léa Seydoux has starred in many films including Inglorious Bastards (2009); Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011); Midnight in Paris (2011); Farewell, My Queen (2012) and Diary of a Chambermaid (2015)
Here is a summary of previous French actresses starring in the ‘Bond girl’ roles.
‘Actress: Claudine Auger – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: Thunderball (1965)
Synopsis: Domino Derval was the mistress of SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo. Bond discovers that Largo had killed Domino’s brother, and thinks he can use that fact to get her on his side.
Actress: Maryse Guy Mitsouko – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: Thunderball (1965)
Synopsis: Mademoiselle La Porte was Bond’s French liaison during his attendance of SPECTRE agent Jacques Bouvar’s funeral. She informs Bond that Bouvar passed away in his sleep and intimates that the French liaison are responsible for his death.
Actress: Denise Perrier – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Synopsis: As Bond seeks out Blofeld to get revenge for the death of his wife, the trail leads him from Tokyo to Cairo, where he interrogates a gambler about Blofeld’s whereabouts. The gambler suggests “Marie… ask.. Marie.” Bond finds Marie, who asks “Is there something I can do for you?”
Actress: Francoise Therry – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Synopsis: Chew Mee was a mistress of businessman Hai Fat. While visiting Hai Fat, Bond first saw sight of her while she was swimming naked in the palaces’ pool. Bond asked how the water was, and Chew Mee responded that he should come in and find out.
Actress: Corinne Cléry – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: Moonraker (1979)
Synopsis: Corinne Dufour was Hugo Drax’s personal assistant and pilot. She flew Bond over Drax’s estate, giving him a guided tour of the Moonraker complex and flying him to meet Drax. After spending the night with Bond, Corinne revealed the location of Drax’s safe, where Bond photographed secret documents. Drax discovered this, and Corinne was killed by Drax’s vicious pack of dogs.
Actress: Carole Bouquet – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Synopsis: Melina Havelock was the daughter of two marine explorers who did salvage work for the British Secret Service. After her parents were assassinated by henchman Hector Gonzales, Melina found the hitman and killed him with a crossbow. She and Bond were both trying to uncover the man who ordered the attacks, and they worked well together, eventually finding him.
Actress: Sophie Marceau – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: The World is Not Enough (1999)
Synopsis: Elektra King was the daughter of Sir Robert King, a wealthy oil baron. When Elektra was kidnapped by villain Renard, M persuaded Sir Robert not to pay the ransom. Elektra developed Stockholm syndrome because of this, feeling sympathy for Renard and resenting her father. She killed her father and planned to destroy Istanbul in a nuclear explosion so that her inherited oil pipeline would have a monopoly.
Actress: Olga Kurylenko – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: Quantum of Solace (2008)
Synopsis: Camille Montes was a Bolivian agent who’s family was murdered by General Medrano. She slept with Medrano’s business acquaintance Dominic Greene to try and get close enough to Medrano to enact revenge. The plan failed and she was almost killed, so Camille teamed up with Bond to kill Medrano and Greene.
Actress: Bérénice Marlohe – Nationality: French
Bond Movie: Skyfall (2012)
Synopsis: Sévérine was a captive of Raoul Silva’s, who had taken her out of the Macau sex trade at a young age. Bond met Sévérine at a casino and convinced her that he could kill Silva and let her go free if she helped him out. After killing her bodyguards, Bond managed to escape the casino and travelled with Sévérine to Silva’s private Island. The pair were caught, and for her betrayal, Sévérine was killed by Silva.’ 007james.com
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I enjoyed the overall slower pace of the latest James Bond movie Spectre and thought the more reflective side of James was a great change. I am certain however he will return as dynamic and determined, once again, to fight future world enemies.
Great entertainment in my opinion, but them I am a diehard fan after all … Annette x