Typically, a Bond movie has two non-M female leads. (Don’t worry, this is not the start of a treatise.) One is the atypical “Bond girl,” either a lover of the villain and/or an assistant to 007, who he soon “conquers,” for lack of a better term; the other, while also of physical interest, is usually some kind of distraction from the main action. (I.e., she dies quickly or is later killed by Bond on account of bad allegiances.)
Sam Mendes, however, wants to play with the half-century-old franchise in Skyfall, and how many things could use a rejigging more than the Bond girl formula? We already have our, again, two non-M female leads (Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris), but MI6 (via LatinoReview) have learned that one more is joining the fray: Tonia Sotiropoulou.
Although the Greek actress was an unsuccessful candidate for Marlohe‘s part, an agent named Sévérine, Mendes was taken enough to give her the role of Bond’s girlfriend. But I wouldn’t expect too much screentime; her schedule is only five days long, and, needless to say, “James Bond’s girlfriend” is the kind of role that begs to be killed off. It’s still exciting stuff for her, anyway. I don’t get to kiss Daniel Craig for money.
Her Facebook status on the matter can be read below:
“Dear friends I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!”
Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Judie Dench, Ben Whishaw, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, and Albert Finney star in the film, which is set for a stateside release on November 9, 2012, after bowing in the UK on October 26th.
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