Meet the new women in James Bond’s life

Find out who Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and Stephanie Sigman are playing in 24th Bond film Spectre

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With a new trailer for Spectre set to launch tomorrow, fresh details of the key female players in the 24th Bond film have been released. 

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Directed by Sam Mendes with Daniel Craig back as 007, the next film in the franchise introduces three new female characters – Bond girls, if you will – alongside Naomie Harris who returns as Eve Moneypenny with a storyline following on directly from the end of Skyfall. “She wants to support in a different way,” explains Harris. “There’s a maturity in that decision and a groundedness you see with her.”

Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) is playing Madeleine Swan, the daughter of an assassin who encounters Bond at the Austrian clinic where she works as a doctor. We’ve already been promised an abrupt beginning to their sparky relationship…

Monica Bellucci takes on the role of widowed Lucia Sciarra, her husband a murdered mafioso. Bellucci commented on Lucia and Bond’s relationship: “She comes from a man’s world, but when the attraction between them takes place and she realises her feminine power on him, then she trusts him to save her.”

The final addition to the cast list is Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman who was rather coy about her character Estrella: “She’s a lot like me. We like to have fun and we’re joyful people. I found her really easy to play”.

Spectre will also mark the return of Craig and Harris alongside previous Bond alumni Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Rory Kinnear as 007 sets off on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation after receiving a cryptic message from his past.

Spectre will be released in cinemas on 26th October

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Anthony Horowitz is speaking at this year’s Radio Times Festival ahead of his latest James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. Tickets for the event Writing Bond on Sunday 27th September at Hampton Court Palace are available here.