Daniel Craig was so protective of me : Monica Bellucci, Actress
Updated on: 20 Nov 2015
The Italian screen goddess, who recently turned 51, talks about being the first Bond 'lady'
Her name is shorthand for a sensuality that transcends cultural and geographical barriers. In any country, in any language, Monica Bellucci spells sexy. This month, as the 51-year-old Italian actor prepares to be seen in the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, she shatters the myth of the nubile, bikini-clad and gold drenched object of lust. On a sunny morning in London, she talks about being a Bond 'lady' and why she hasn't done a Bollywood film yet.
You were offered the role of a Bond girl in the past. What is it like to finally be part of these iconic movies?
That was more than 20 years ago. At that time, it would have been normal, but now I think it's kind of exceptional. I've been trying to find a name for this lady…either James Bond 'lady' or James Bond 'woman'. Because I'm certainly not a James Bond 'girl'. It's interesting how for Spectre, director Sam Mendes created two different lovers for James Bond. Léa Seydoux represents youth, but not just youth as in age, but youth as modernity—a woman of action, who wants to and can be equal to a man. Lucia Sciarra, my role, represents the past—a woman who still lives in a world where men have all the power, and she doesn't know how to escape that. So it's no coincidence that she's exiled. She's like a bird inside a cage for such a long time that even when you open the cage she doesn't know how to get out. It's great to do this role at 50. Not just as an actor but also as a woman. It's nice to be able to project that, at 50, you can still set an example.
What was it like to hear the catchphrase: "My name is Bond. James Bond"?
I've heard it in the movies so many times, but I couldn't believe it was actually happening to me. I have to say that being in a Bond film is great for an actress because it's great to be part of this long tradition. Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig have created a really special Bond this time—so modern, so unpredictable. And even though I love Sean Connery, this Bond is completely in control. He's more mysterious, dark, dangerous, and he's sexier because of that. Daniel Craig is such a gentleman. I know this because sometimes in my work it's difficult to get intimate with someone you don't know, but he was so protective of me.