The oldest Bond girl, Monica Bellucci, has spoken out about her casting in the next James Bond film, Spectre. At the age of 50, Belluci is officially the oldest woman to take on the role of James Bond’s love interest in the movie franchise, and she made it clear in a new interview shared by the Guardian that she is not a Bond girl, she is a Bond woman.
When Sam Mendes called Bellucci about the role, she was a bit surprised. In fact, she wondered if the director was calling her to take over the role played by Judi Dench currently. However, Sam Mendes wanted to do something new. He wanted to have Bond in a relationship with a woman more his own age.
Before Bellucci’s casting, the oldest Bond girl was aged 39, and she appeared opposite Sean Connery in Goldfinger. Bellucci revealed in the new interview what Mendes said to her when she told him that she was “a mature woman.”
“For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman. The concept is revolutionary.”
Bellucci has been busy filming the latest Bond film in recent days after the production was forced to take a break. According to a previous Inquisitr report, Daniel Craig was injured during the filming of a fight scene in London. He suffered from a sprained knee, but he recovered quickly. The production lost no time at all because of his injury.
According to Express, Craig and Bellucci were seen at a photo call for the film last week, and the appearance showed off their chemistry. Craig rested his hand on Bellucci’s back while the press took photos. Bellucci was stunning in a skintight red dress that she accented with a pair of black stilettos.
Bellucci is not afraid to speak her mind. In another new interview, she talked about age and romance. She does not see any problem with an older woman dating a younger man.
“Many 50-year-old women feel invisible to men, but it doesn’t have to be that way. What is the problem with a man of 30 being with a woman of 50? It is a matter of energy and the soul, not a matter of age of the body. True sexiness is in the mind, the imagination – not in the age of the body. It doesn’t surprise me that men in their 20s and 30s are often looking for a much older woman. Men look at Judi Dench and they see so much strength, so much power that comes from inside. And that’s attractive. I look at those women and hope that I can have that interior richness as I get older, the kind you cannot see through the eyes.”
Bellucci’s comments have Bond fans talking about her casting on social media this week. Fans definitely approve of the new Bond woman.
Monica Bellucci being the new Bond girl at 50 doesn’t mean standards have changed; it just means she looks better at 50 than most do at 20.
— Diksha Basu (@dikshabasu) February 26, 2015
THE NEW BOND GIRL IS 50…GO Hollywood GO! Time to tell a new story.. HOT IS HOT..Hollywood is onto something….. http://t.co/6ecsx2nfhL
— stephanieurbina (@stephanieurbina) February 26, 2015
The Goddess has spoken. Little fools, she is a WOMAN, not a girl. http://t.co/FakjRCRbyA
— Hanna Sawka (@HannaSawka) February 26, 2015
Judi Dench and Monica Bellucci are working together on this 24th installment in the Bond franchise. Skyfall was a huge success for Bond and Sony. The film studio announced Spectre in November, and production on the film began in December.
However, Spectre has faced some problems. The script for Spectre was one of the items in the Sony hack, according to Screen Rant. Several emails about the production were also leaked in the hack. The emails revealed that production for this Bond film may exceed $300 million. Production for Skyfall came in at $200 million.
The emails also talk about the script, and it went through a number of revisions before everyone was happy with the final product. The problems were reportedly in the third act of the film.
“In addition to an ever-expanding budget, it also appears that the film’s main storyline is something that has become a hot talking point with the studio’s executives. Several email exchanges are about the Spectre script and the many problems that the third act presents.”
Fans that saw the leaked script know what to expect from the film when it is released later this year, but it is still possible more changes were made after the leak of the script in the Sony hack. Currently, production of the film has Craig and Bellucci at work in Rome.
What do you think of Monica Bellucci’s casting as the oldest Bond girl? Are you excited to see Bond deal with a mature woman?
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