Could Jessica Chastain be a future Bond villain? That’s what the actress wants to do if she’s even chosen to take part in the adventures of Agent 007.
The question arose in an interview with W Magazine, where she posed almost unrecognizable, trading her natural red locks for a wilder, almost purple shade, matching lipstick, and prominent black eyebrows. This was the cover of the magazine where Jessica revealed that she’s interested in being in a Bond film, but not as the love interest.
The idea has been rolling around in Jessica’s head for at least a couple of years, first being reported in 2013 by Comic Book Movie. She had said she’d had “enough of the graceful characters. I want to get my hands dirty.”
The following paragraphs contain spoilers, so it’s suggested that you see the Pierce Brosnan Bond films before continuing.
While Jessica Chastain’s Bond villain aspirations might not be an entirely new concept, the role she wants does reflect what feminists such as Salma Hayek and Emma Watson would like to see happening. Femme Fatales have been around since the Sean Connery era, starting most noticeably with Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) and Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi) in From Russia with Love. Rosa had since become the subject of parody when Mike Meyers created Frau Farbissina (Mindy Sterling) for the Austin Powers films.
Other notable female Bond villains have included Octopussy (Maude Adams) in the film named after her, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) in GoldenEye, Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) in The World is Not Enough, and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) in Die Another Day.
The problem that Jessica Chastain might have with all of these characters is that they were all under the supervision of a bigger male Bond villain, says Digital Spy. She allegedly wants to be the main villain, not an understudy or hench person.
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For now, Jessica is happy to have worked with Guillermo del Toro on his latest horror film Crimson Peak, following in the footsteps of great female leads.
She adds, “You think about Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Mia Farrow, Jamie Lee Curtis. So many women I really respect have done these great characters in horror films. And I’m excited. I hope to do even more! I love it so much.”
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Jessica Chastain being a Bond villain would definitely mark a step forward for equality, something that Salma Hayek has been championing. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Hispanic actress has noticed that women under 30 seem to be getting far more roles than the rest. She says even though women allegedly make up 60 percent of the Hollywood workforce, they only earn 10 percent of the income.
Films such as Mad Max: Fury Road may be a sign that putting women in charge could be a positive change, but it may be a while before it becomes a trend.
Casting Jessica Chastain as a Bond villain would be another step toward equality, and Digital Spy quotes Jessica as saying, “People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, ‘No, I want to be the villain.’ I’m waiting for that call!”
While Tina Turner, the performer for the title track to GoldenEye, said she would have preferred being a Bond girl, it seems Chastain wants a more prominent role. Various images found on the single for GoldenEye’s theme as well as Turner posing with Bond’s signature gun have pointed to her attempting to live out the fantasy.
Go ahead and search Google for “Tina Turner Bond girl” and see the images that come up.
Do you think Jessica Chastain’s hope of being a Bond villain will happen?
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