“Specter,” the next James Bond movie (directed by Sam Mendes), recently finished shooting on location and is slated for a November rollout. This latest installment in the film world’s most famous franchise stars Daniel Craig in the role of the MI-6 renegade uber-agent. But this is not just any old Bond movie. It’s a bit of a revolution, in fact. Why? Because the Bond girl is a spot over fifty. None of this is news, per se, but Bellucci was interviewed by an Italian reporter late last week. In the interview she describes her surprise at getting the call from Mendes to join the cast.
“Once I was contacted by Sam Mendes I asked him, why call on me, I’m fifty, what would I do in a James Bond movie? I’m not a girl, I am a woman, a mature woman. Am I replacing Judi Dench?” (Dench, eighty, has played the role of “M” in every James Bond film ever since “Goldeneye” in 1995). Mendes laughed and responded, “for the first time in its history, James Bond will have a story with a mature woman … a revolutionary concept.”
In the movie a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind “Spectre.”
Bellucci, who’s four years older than Craig predicted that Sam Mendes would quickly earn the status of “hero” among women” for having “dared” to cast a Bond girl over fifty. Before her, the “oldest” Bond girl was Honor Blackman who unforgettably played Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger” in 1964. She was thirty nine years-old then.
Film is slated for release in November 2015.