Famke Janssen

The Bond Girls - The Modern Day 

Words: Florian Wörgötter 
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If it weren’t for his women, 007 would be just a number in a bespoke suit. Bond’s playmates bring out his human side – though they’d do well to remember that he’s only truly loyal to the queen. Part 2 – The modern day 

THE assassin – Xenia Onatopp

Xenia Onatopp, the KGB killer played by Famke Janssen (above left) in GoldenEye (1995), has a penchant for committing murder while making love. Bond himself barely manages to escape the torture of her ice-cold dominance and red-hot kisses. That said, if ever 007 was going to give in, this would probably be why.

The complex type – Elektra King

Sophie Marceau as Elektra King

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In The World Is Not Enough (1999), Sophie Marceau plays Elektra King, the first female Bond supervillain. Disguised as a millionaire’s harmless daughter with Stockholm syndrome, King conducts a campaign of revenge – for being abducted by terrorists, rejected by 007 and betrayed by her father. She ends up fooling both Bond and the bad guys, but ultimately she’s deluding herself.

The Toughie – Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson

Halle Berry as Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson

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Unlike most Bond girls, Halle Berry was already a well-known movie star before she played Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson. Berry’s legendary first scene in Die Another Day (2002) is a homage to the first Bond film in which, like Honey Ryder 40 years earlier, she emerges from the water in her bikini. But when the film’s director, Lee Tamahori, told her to be “sexier” while filming the scene, he got a curt reply: “This is all the sexy I got. I’m gonna get a hip displacement if I try and make myself any sexier!”

The One – Vesper Lynd

Eva Green as Vesper Lynd

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Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green, is one of the few people to see what’s beneath the thick skin of modern-day James Bond: a chip implant and a whole lot of heart. In Casino Royale (2006), the movie version of the very first Bond novel, Daniel Craig’s 007 is even willing to give up his life as a secret agent for her. But it all turns sour. She ends up being blackmailed, lies to and steals from him, rejects his offers of help, and comes to a sticky end. After Bond sees Lynd drown in the lift of a flooded building in Venice, he musters some touching words: “The job’s done. The bitch is dead.”

THE TRAGIC BEAUTY – Sévérine

where would Bond be without his girls?

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In Skyfall (2012), Bérénice Marlohe plays Sévérine, a woman as captivating as
she is tragic, too beautiful not to be kissed and yet not smart enough to survive the first half of the film. Marlohe herself, however, brims with self-confidence. About the legendary sex scene in the shower, she says: “Daniel’s so shy, I had to persuade him to take off his underpants.”

 

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11/2015 The Red Bulletin 

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