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‘Spectre’ star Seydoux not typical Bond girl


Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1:21 AM

Lea Seydoux at "Spectre' premiere in London last week.Karwai Tang/WireImage

Lea Seydoux at “Spectre’ premiere in London last week.

She may play the newest Bond Girl in “Spectre,” but Lea Seydoux is shaken, not stirred, by the idea of dating a guy like the superspy in real life.

“He’s an alcoholic, he’s a womanizer, he kills people,” the French actress told the Daily News in a smoky Parisian accent that should have its own license to kill. “He’s not the best man to marry.”

So when “Spectre” director Sam Mendes approached her to star alongside Daniel Craig in the 24th installment of the long-running franchise, Seydoux made it clear that she didn’t want to play another sexual conquest in 007’s casefiles.

“I didn’t get to read the script, but I knew it was an important character, so I didn’t worry she would be a cliché,” said Seydoux of her character, Dr. Madeline Swann, a psychologist with a tie to the clandestine terrorist organization that provides the film’s title.

The film, which opens Friday, also boasts a second Bond girl in Monica Bellucci, an important franchise milestone as the only actress over 50 ever cast in such an iconic role. But it’s Swann who matches Bond almost stunt for stunt as he races from the Austrian alps to Morocco to London in search of Christoph Waltz’s enigmatic villain.

“It’s good for women to have this example because she’s a smart woman, she doesn’t need any man to protect her,” said Seydoux, who didn’t start acting until she was 19, even though she’s the granddaughter of the chairman of Pathé, the famous French film production company. “And then she even saves Bond.”

Redacting for any more spoilers, the 30-year-old starlet said she was especially proud of a scene in which she and Craig had to hurl themselves several stories off a building and onto a net.

“We had to shoot it a few times because I was screaming in one take, not very ‘Bondy,’ she said. “Then I had nightmares, I have to say, I was falling in my dreams.”

The stunts she could handle, it was the sex scene with Craig that made her flinch — even though she had filmed far racier sequences with actress Adele Exarchopoulos in the 2013 drama, “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won her Cannes’ prestigious Palme d’Or.

“In general, love scenes are awkward shoots,” said Seydoux, “with Daniel or anyone else.

“It’s the strangest part of the job as an actor to go, ‘Hello, how are you? Should we kiss now? Let’s pretend that we’re making love.’

“It’s surreal, but it’s also part of the adventure.”


Entertainment – NY Daily News

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