Spectre breaks box office record with £6.3m opening day gross

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Is the oldest Bond girl also the hottest?.

James Bond, of course, is always drawn to women and Columbia Pictures’ new 007 action adventure SPECTRE proves that he can still woo them. THE casting of Italian movie siren Monica Bellucci in the new Bond film Spectre has caused more fuss than any other character in the history of the 007 franchise. Italy’s Monica Bellucci (“Malena,” “The Matrix” sequels) and France’s Lea Seydoux (Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color”) play the new women in Bond’s life. At age 51, she’s four years Daniel Craig’s senior, and nearly twice the age of the classic ‘Bond girl,’ who has traditionally bedded the super-spy. “I watched Spectre a couple of days ago and I said to myself, ‘Oh my God. In the film, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal.

It’s very strong because you see her femininity and her sensuality,” the lady herself, Monica Bellucci told news.com.au “It’s a courageous and modern concept for a James Bond movie because it’s the first time we’ve seen a James Bond woman who is older. It proves that there is femininity even though a woman may be older.” Not to dampen the celebratory triumph of this new ‘forward-thinking’ 007 who has age-appropriate sex, it must be said that Bellucci is not your average 51-year-old. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had tried to recruit in the past, denied only for scheduling conflicts. “We’re delighted to finally get her,” says Wilson. “She is terrific in the role.” Bellucci, meanwhile, says that she was delighted to finally join the series. “I said yes right away because I was very happy to work with Sam Mendes and to be part of this project,” she explains. “I have so much respect for the James Bond films in general because I think they are such a big part of cinema history.

On that subject she says, “I think each person has their own way (of dealing with ageing) and as time goes on, the beauty of youth goes away but I think there’s another kind of beauty. I really believe that,” she assures. “In the past we only looked at women from the time that they can procreate until they can’t any longer and then they become outside of society, but that’s an old way to see women. She’s not impressed.” As the story progresses, however, events force a change in their dynamic, and their relationship softens. “She understands Bond very well because she has an insight into the world that he lives in,” the actress continues. “For his mission he needs to understand things from his past and he needs Madeleine for the information she can provide.

The time is changing and we look at women differently,” she says. “And also, I’m not part of Hollywood, I’ve never lived there and I’ve dealt with that system. She says of her relationship wither ex, “When you had beautiful years together with someone and you have two kids, those beautiful moments stay forever even though you’re not together. Sometimes I’ll stay five months in a row out of the business to take care of my kids.” When I meet Bellucci, she’s dressed in a Max Mara black pencil skirt and shirt, her hair is long and her makeup is flawless. In fact, the costume designer on the set of Spectre said with a hint of amusement, “I always give actresses UGG boots to go from their trailer to the set, but when I presented the UGG boots to Monica, she refused and instead walked with the 12cm Louboutins from her trailer to the set. I can have a glass of wine but I’m not cry about alcohol so my life is naturally good.” Arguably, the ‘controversial’ four-year age disparity between Bellucci and Craig is almost comical.

To Craig’s credit, who recently corrected a journalist from referring to Bellucci as ‘an older woman’ to ‘a woman his own age,’ it’s still a step in the right direction. “Women want to be free.

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