Since the cast of next 007 instalment Spectre was announced yesterday, there’s been lots of hype about Italian model and actress Monica Belluci who will play one of two new female characters.
But – in a casting choice that is just as exciting – French actress Lea Seydoux will take on the role of Madeleine Swann. Known for playing a whole host of unconventional, confident women in both French and English movies, Seydoux’s Bond Girl will no doubt be about far more than just good looks.
Perhaps you recognise 29-year old Seydoux but can’t pin-point exactly where you’ve seen her before? Never fear, here’s the new Bond Girl’s screen CV…
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Wes Anderson’s quirky wartime tale about a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka saw Seydoux play maid Clotilde alongside Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. The actress had very few lines but the role gave her yet another high-profile role on a fast-growing CV.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Seydoux played bright-haired Emma, one half of a young lesbian couple, in Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or- winning film. It was this critically-acclaimed yet controversial movie (Seydoux was part of a graphic seven-minute sex scene) that garnered the French actress international recognition and a spot on plenty of awards shortlists.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Seydoux had a small role as Parisian antiques’ dealer Gabrielle who strikes up a romance with a heart-broken Owen Wilson. Woody Allen told Vogue, “Although she only had a few very brief moments in Midnight in Paris, everyone fell in love with her and kept asking me at every screening, ‘Who’s that girl, who’s that girl?’”
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
With a starring role as knife-carrying assassin Sabine Moreau, Seydoux earned her action film stripes – skills that will no doubt pay dividends when it comes to playing a tough Bond Girl in Spectre.
Robin Hood (2010)
In her first English-language movie, Seydoux played a French princess who has an affair with the married Prince John (Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac).
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Seydoux played Charlotte Lapadite, the daughter of a French farmer who shelters runaway Jews from the Nazis in Tarantino’s Academy Award-nominated war thriller. She’ll be rejoining her former co-star Christoph Waltz in Spectre.