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Casino Royale : Eva Green (2006)

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Eva Gaëlle Green[1] (IPA: [ɛva ɡʁeːn]; born July 5, 1980) is a French actress, raised in Paris and living partly in London. She has been noted by Vogue for her “killer looks, intelligence and modesty”,[2] and has been described by The Independent as “gothic, quirky, and sexy”.[3]

The daughter of actress Marlène Jobert, Green performed in theatre before making her film debut in The Dreamers (2003), which generated controversy over her numerous nude scenes. She achieved greater fame for her parts in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, for which she won a BAFTA. She has also modelled for numerous brands.

Eva Green was born in Paris, France on July 5, 1980, the daughter of French actress Marlène Jobert and Swedish dentist Walter Green. Green has a fraternal twin sister named Joy, who was born two minutes earlier than her.[4] Green described her family as “bourgeois”,[5] and that her sister is very different from her.[6] Green is a natural blonde; she dyed her hair black during her teens. [7] French-Swedish actress Marika Green is her aunt.

Green was raised in France, and spent some time as well in Ramsgate, London and Ireland.[8] Her school was English-speaking.[7] Green was quiet at school,[6] and developed an interest in Egyptology when she visited the Louvre at age seven.[9] Green aspired to become an actress when she saw Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H. at the age of fourteen. Jobert initially feared the effect an acting career would have on her sensitive daughter, but she soon supported her ambitions.[8]

In addition to her acting career, Green has modelled for Breil, Emporio Armani, Lancôme, Heineken,[9] and Christian Dior SA’s “Midnight Poison” perfume, in an advert directed by Wong Kar-wai.[23] She has also expressed interest in returning to the theatre,[13] and has no plans to go to work in Hollywood because, “The problem with Hollywood is that the studios are super powerful, they have far more power than the directors. My ambition at this moment is just to find a good script.”[24]

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Die Another Day : Halle Berry (2002 )

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Halle Maria Berry (IPA: /ˈhælɪ ˈbɛrɪ/; born August 14, 1966)[1] is an American actress and former fashion model and beauty queen. Berry has received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,[2] and an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the only woman of African-American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman.[3][4] She is attempting to expand into the production side of Hollywood.[5]

Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing runner-up in Miss USA (1986), and winning the Miss USA World 1986 contest.[2] Her breakthrough feature film role was in the 1991 Jungle Fever. This led to roles in The Flintstones (1994), Bulworth (1998), X-Men (2000) and its sequels, and Die Another Day. She also won a worst actress Razzie award in 2005 for Catwoman, and accepted the award in person.[6]

Berry studied at Bedford High School She worked in the children’s department at Higbee’s Department store. She subsequently attended the Cuyahoga Community College. In the 1980s, she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All-American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986.[2] Other entries included Miss USA (first runner-up in 1986 to Christy Fichtner of Texas, the second of the Texas Aces), and sixth place in Miss World 1986 (the winner being Trinidad and Tobago’s Giselle Laronde). In the Miss USA 1986 pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media. Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges.[10]

As Bond girl Jinx in the 2002 blockbuster Die Another Day, she famously recreated the scene from Dr. No, bursting from the surf to be greeted by James Bond, as Ursula Andress had 40 years earlier.[15] In late 2003, she starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey Jr. The same year, she was named #1 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.[16] Her next lead role was in the film Catwoman, for which she was awarded a “worst actress” Razzie award in 2005. She accepted the award in person with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the “rock bottom” in order to be “at the top”.[6] Holding the Academy Award in one hand and the Razzie in the other she said, “I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It’s not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you. When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there’s no way you could be a good winner”.[15]

Berry is making the transition to working on the production side of film and television. She is working with author Angela Nissel to executive-produce a comedy series based on Nissel’s two memoirs, The Broke Diaries and Mixed: My Life in Black and White.[5] Berry has served many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and also served as the face of Versace. She is featured in Maxim magazine’s Girls of Maxim gallery.[18]

Berry is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $14 million each for Gothika and Catwoman.[3] In July 2007, she topped In Touch magazine’s list of the world’s most fabulous 40-something celebrities. On April 3, 2007, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry.[19][20]

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The World is not enough : Sophie Marceau (1999)

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Sophie Marceau (IPA: [sɔfi maʁso]) is a popular French actress who gained international recognition with her performances such as in Braveheart and The World is Not Enough.

Sophie Marceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu on November 17, 1966 in Paris, France, the second child of Benoît and Simone Maupu. Her father, Benoît, a veteran of the Algerian War, worked as a truck driver, painter, and bartender; her mother, Simone, was a demonstrator in department stores. Her brother Sylvain is three years older than Sophie.[citation needed]

In 1995, Sophie Marceau achieved international recognition for her role of Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson’s historical epic Braveheart. That same year, she was part of an ensemble cast of international actors that appeared in the French film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders, Beyond the Clouds.

In 1997, Sophie continued her international string of successful films with William Nicholson’s Firelight, filmed in England, Véra Belmont’s Marquise, filmed in France, and Bernard Rose’s Anna Karenina, filmed in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Interestingly, this was the first filmed version of Tolstoy’s great novel to be filmed in Russia.

In 1999, she made two films that defined her as an international star. For A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she played the role of Hippolyta among a star-filled cast of international actors. That same year, she entered the elite realm of Hollywood Bond girls by playing the role of Elektra King in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.

In 2000, Sophie teamed up once again with her husband Andrzej Zulawski to film La Fidélité. [2]

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Tomorow Never Dies : Michelle Yeoh (1997)

Dato’ Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng (traditional Chinese: 楊紫瓊; simplified Chinese: 杨紫琼; pinyin: Yáng Zǐqióng; Cantonese (Yale romanization): yèuhng jí kìhng; born August 6, 1962) is a Chinese Malaysian actress and dancer, well known for performing her own stunts in the action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s.

Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she is based in Hong Kong and was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.

She is credited as Michelle Khan in some of her earlier films.

Michelle Yeoh was born to an ethnic Chinese family in Ipoh, Malaysia on August 6, 1962. She was very sporty when she was young and had a passion in dance. She started to study ballet at the age of four years old. At the age 15, her parents accompanied her to England and enrolled her at a boarding school there. Later Yeoh entered London Royal Academy of Dance, majoring in Ballet. But a spinal injury ended her dream of being a prima ballerina, and she consequently had to switch her focus away from dance to choreography and other arts. She later received a B.A. degree in Creative Arts with a minor in Drama.

It was at the age of 21 when Yeoh became the winner of the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant in 1983. She was also Malaysia’s representative at the 1983 Miss World pageant in London. From there, she appeared in a television commercial with Jackie Chan which caught the attention of a fledgling film production company called D&B Films.

Yeoh’s career in Hong Kong started with a few commercials for Charles Jourdan, opposite action movie heroes Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat before being offered a film contract. The Charles Jourdan brand was handled by D&B Group in Hong Kong, run by Yeoh’s future husband, Dickson Poon. In 1988, she retired from acting after marrying Poon. Three years later, the couple divorced, and Yeoh returned to acting in 1992. Her first movie after the comeback was Police Story 3, which was partly shot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Yeoh started her film career acting in action and martial arts movies such as The Heroic Trio in 1993, and the Yuen Woo-ping films Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun in 1994. Yeoh has had no formal martial arts training and she relies on her dance training and instructors, and does many of her own stunts[1].

Yeoh learned English and Malay before Cantonese, and cannot read Chinese characters. As she does not speak Mandarin, she learned the lines for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon phonetically.

Like many other Hong Kong stars, Yeoh has attempted to break into Hollywood. She starred in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies as Wai Lin (1997) and the popular Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Thereafter, she was offered the role of Seraph in the two sequels to The Matrix, and she could not accept due to a scheduling conflict (the Matrix writers then changed Seraph into a male character and cast Collin Chou in the role). In 2002, she produced her first English movie, The Touch through her own production company, Mythical Films.

In 2005, Yeoh starred as the graceful Mameha in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha, and she continued her English-language work in 2007 with Sunshine.

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Golden Eye : Izabella Scorupco 1995

Izabella Dorota Scorupco (born June 4, 1970 in Białystok, Poland, original last name was Skorupko) is a Polish/Swedish actress who is most famous for appearing as Bond girl Natalya Simonova in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye. She is the first Polish-born actress to play a Bond girl.

Scorupco was born in Białystok, Poland to Lech and Magdalena. When she was only one year old her parents split up and Izabella came to live with her mother. In 1978 the two moved to Bredäng in Stockholm, Sweden. Coming to Sweden as an 8 year old, she learned to speak Swedish and English, in addition to her native Polish.

She worked as a model and in 1989 she was discovered by director Staffan Hildebrand and starred in the movie Ingen kan älska som vi (Nobody loves like us). In the early nineties, she also had a brief but successful career as a pop singer, releasing an album which went gold in Sweden.

She was married to ice hockey player Mariusz Czerkawski from 1996 to 1998. They have one daughter together, Julia (born September 1997). On January 30, 2003 she married American Jeffrey Raymond. Together they have a young son, Jacob (born July 24, 2003).

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Licence to Kill : Talisa Soto & Carey Lowell (1989)

Talisa Soto
Talisa Soto (born March 27, 1967) is an American model and actress.
Soto was born Miriam Soto in Brooklyn, New York, where her parents moved to from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. Her parents relocated to Northampton, Massachusetts when she was still just a child. Soto’s family was one of the few Puerto Rican families that resided in her neighborhood. She was raised and educated there, but she felt that people were prejudiced against her and she became a loner.[1][2]

Soto landed her first modeling job in 1982, when she was fifteen years old. In 1985, she tried to sign up with the Ford modeling agency, but was rejected because she looked “too” Latina. Soto then went and signed with Click Model Management and headed for Europe. She established herself as one of the top models of the 1980s and was very busy modeling in Italy and France. She appeared on the covers of Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour and Self magazines.

In 1988, when Soto returned to the United States, she auditioned and landed the role of India in her feature debut, Spike of Bensonhurst, a comedy which starred Sasha Mitchell and Ernest Borgnine. In 1989, she was cast as Lupe Lamora, in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill starring Timothy Dalton and as Maria Rivera in The Mambo Kings.[3]

Soto has participated in more than 20 movies, among which are: Mortal Kombat (1995) as Kitana; Piñero (2001) as Sugar, starring Benjamin Bratt; and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) as Ryne alongside Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. Soto has also made two guest appearances on the television series C-16: FBI. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Julia, one of Johnny Depp’s many love interests in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, Depp playing the title role. She also made an appearance in Marc Anthony’s music video for I Need to Know. In 1996 Soto played the title role in the campy movie Vampirella based on the comic book character.[4]

Carey Lowell
Carey Lowell (born February 11, 1961 in Huntington, New York) is an American actress and a Bond girl starring in 1989’s Licence to Kill with Timothy Dalton.

Lowell spent much of her childhood traveling with her father James, who was a geologist. Immediately after high school, she was signed by the Ford modeling agency. She would model for such clients as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein before turning to acting.

Lowell’s notable acting roles include those of Bond girl Pam Bouvier in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989) and Jamie Ross on the television drama Law & Order, a character she reprised on its spinoff, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, as a judge.

Lowell and Richard Gere married in 2002, after dating for several years. The couple have a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born prior to their marriage, in 2000. She was married to actor Griffin Dunne from 1989 to 1995 and has a daughter, Hannah Dunne, from that marriage. Her first marriage to fashion photographer John Stember was from 1984 to 1988.

Lowell, like her husband, is a devoted supporter of preserving the culture of Tibet and practices Tibetan Buddhism.

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The Living Daylights : Maryam d’Abo (1987)

Maryam d’Abo (born December 27, 1960 in London, United Kingdom) is an English film and television actress. Her first notable performance was as Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond film, The Living Daylights. She is a first cousin of the singer Mike d’Abo, and thus a first cousin once removed of his daughter, actress Olivia d’Abo.[1]

Born to a Georgian mother and Dutch father, d’Abo was raised in Paris and Geneva. She decided to be an actress at the age of 11. She studied at London’s Drama Centre while working as a model in commercials. In 1983 she made her screen debut in the low-budget British science fiction/horror film Xtro, playing a French au pair who becomes an alien breeding chamber (or a human incubator). Xtro was briefly vilified as a so-called video nasty, and it is often mentioned in the same breath as many other video nasties of the early 80s, but in fact it was granted an uncut video certificate by the BBFC, shortly after its successful cinema run. Talking to Femme Fatales magazine in 1994, d’Abo remembered it as “a terrible movie”.

She remains best known for her role as Kara Milovy, the sweet and vulnerable Czechoslovakian cellist and sniper who falls for James Bond in The Living Daylights. It remains her personal favourite film. She did a Playboy cover in September 1987 to coincide with the film’s release but regretted it later saying that she “really disliked” the pictures, because they were “so pedestrian.”[2].

After that she had a well-received role as Ta’Ra, an alien medical officer in the science fiction TV miniseries, Something is Out There, which was followed by a short-lived (six episode) NBC series by the same name. In 1992 she had a critically acclaimed supporting role as a pretentious stained-glass artist in the quirky, low-budget British comedy Leon the Pig Farmer, which enjoyed a positive reception at film festivals in Venice, London, Edinburgh, and Palm Springs, California. Since then she has had forgettable roles in some low-budget, straight-to-video action, horror, and fantasy films, as well as guest roles on television shows like Tales From the Crypt, Red Shoe Diaries, and Murder, She Wrote. She reunited with her James Bond director John Glen for The Point Men (2001) and also worked under the direction of Mike Figgis for The Browning Version (1994). She played Keira Knightley’s mother in the 2002 TV miniseries version of Doctor Zhivago, and she was Queen Hecuba in the Emmy-nominated miniseries Helen of Troy. In 2005 she had a small role in the dark, but well-received French film L’Enfer (Hell), co-written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski and starring Emmanuelle Beart and Carole Bouquet.

Bond Girls Are Forever, co-written by Maryam D’Abo.In 2002, d’Abo co-wrote the book Bond Girls Are Forever, a tribute to an elite club of women who have played the role of a “Bond Girl”. The book later formed the basis for a DVD exclusive documentary featuring d’Abo and other famed Bond girls, including Ursula Andress. The documentary was released as a gift with the purchase of Die Another Day on DVD by some retailers. In 2006, a new version of the documentary, updated to include interviews with cast from Casino Royale and edited to include commercial breaks, was produced for the AMC network and was later released as a bonus feature on the March 2007 DVD release of Casino Royale.

In November 2003, d’Abo married Hugh Hudson, the Oscar-nominated British director of Chariots of Fire; Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes; and Revolution.

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