Meet the new James Bond women

Two new Bond women are set to stun in Spectre, but who are they?

James Reynolds September 28, 2015

Introducing the new Bond women: Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci – or, as they are known in upcoming Bond film Spectre, Madeleine Swann and Lucia Sciarra.

The 24th Bond film will see the eye-catching pair join the exclusive club of women who have starred alongside Bond, with the likes of Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore, Goldfinger), Lois Chiles (Holly Goodhead, Moonraker) and Halle Berry (Jinx Johnson, Die Another Day). Sadly, the double entendres have dropped off significantly since the good old days.

In Spectre, Lea Seydoux plays the intelligent Dr Madeleine Swann, a feisty yet sensitive character who is seen as Bond’s equal rather than the standard damsel in distress we so often see hanging from 007’s arm.

With director Sam Mendes calling her the “whole package”, the French actress has certainly come a long way since the beginning of her career, which she started with roles in films such as The Last Mistress and On War, before getting her first leading role in The Beautiful Person. 

Her career really took off in 2009, as she got her first big break in Hollywood with Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, shortly followed by Robin Hood (2010) and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2011. She also stared alongside fellow Spectre cast-member, Ralph Fiennes, in The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014.

After securing such a prestigious role in a global franchise such as James Bond, it’s fair to assume we might just see a little more of the talented actress from now on. For 2016 she’s already landed the lead in French drama It’s Only The End of the World, as well as a starring role alongside Channing Tatum in action-adventure Gambit. 

While Seydoux has benefitted from a sudden rise to fame, the other new Bond woman has been in the industry for a quarter of a century. Having already shone in everything from Andy Wachowski’s The Matrix franchise, to the trigger-happy Shoot ’Em Up alongside Clive Owen, 50-year-old Monica Bellucci is set to star in Spectre as Italian mafia window Lucia Sciarra.

While Bellucci spent her early career as a model, she made a move to the big screen in the early 1990s, earning some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) before she enjoyed her first really big break, as she earned a nomination for a Cesar Award for her performance in 1996 French thriller The Apartment.

Not shy of a few stray bullets, Monica has a history of appearing in action-packed movies, which has surely prepared her for what could turn out to be the highlight of her career: her role in Spectre.

Although at 50 she’s officially the oldest Bond girl ever, Bellucci has stunning looks that belie her age, and the face of Dolce & Gabbana definitely has what it takes to compete with her 30-year old compatriot, Seydoux.

While Spectre will be out in the UK on October 26, Middle East viewers will have to wait until November 6 to see Seydoux, Bellucci and Daniel Craig strutting their stuff of the big screen. If the stunning choice of Bond girls is anything go by, we think it will be well worth the wait.