Lea Seydoux: ‘My No Time to Die character is not a stereotype’

Lea Seydoux has insisted her character in the James Bond franchise is a “real woman” rather than a stereotypical Bond Girl.#The French actress first portrayed Dr. Madeleine Swann opposite Daniel Craig as 007 in 2015’s Spectre and reprises the role in t…

Lea Seydoux has insisted her character in the James Bond franchise is a “real woman” rather than a stereotypical Bond Girl.#

The French actress first portrayed Dr. Madeleine Swann opposite Daniel Craig as 007 in 2015’s Spectre and reprises the role in the upcoming No Time to Die, making her one of the few Bond girls to appear in successive films.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K., Seydoux insisted she had no hesitation about playing the character again because Swann is so complex.

“My character is not a stereotype. It’s not cliched. She’s a real woman, and an interesting woman. That’s what we needed,” she said.

Seydoux went on to state that the other female characters, played by Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, and Naomie Harris, are also “not here to please Bond’s sexuality”, which has been a focus of past instalments.

She also pointed out that while the focus of conversation is usually on women being sexualised in Bond films, the superspy himself is treated like a sexual object too.

“I think what we forget is that James Bond is also a sexual object. He’s totally a sexual object. He’s one of the few, maybe one of the only, male characters to be sexualised,” the 34-year-old explained. “I think that women, they love to see Bond, no? To see his body. No? Don’t you think? I love to see sexy men in bathing suits.”

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw, was originally set to be released in cinemas in April, but has been postponed until November due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lea Seydoux cried while watching No Time To Die

Lea Seydoux cried while watching upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die for the first time.The French actress first appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Swann in 2015’s Spectre, and reprised her role for the 25th instalment in the franchise, alongsi…

Lea Seydoux cried while watching upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die for the first time.

The French actress first appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Swann in 2015’s Spectre, and reprised her role for the 25th instalment in the franchise, alongside Daniel Craig as the suave 007 agent.

In a new interview with The Daily Mail, Seydoux revealed she had already seen the final theatrical cut and promised fans that the storyline will pull at the heartstrings.

“There’s a lot of emotion in this Bond. It’s very moving. I bet you’re going to cry. When I watched it, I cried, which is weird because I am in it,” the 34-year-old shared.

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, marks the end of Craig’s tenure as the MI6 agent, and features a star-studded cast including Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ana de Armas, and Jeffrey Wright.

While the highly-anticipated blockbuster was originally set to be released on 10 April, it has been delayed around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the closures of cinema chains around the world and prompted millions of people to go into self-isolation to practice social distancing and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

No Time to Die is now scheduled to hit cinemas from 12 November.

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Daniel Craig nearly quit as James Bond due to anxiety

Daniel Craig nearly quit as James Bond after making Spectre due to the toll the role takes on his physical and mental health.The British actor had to complete the last instalment in the espionage franchise in a knee brace due to an onset injury in 2015…

Daniel Craig nearly quit as James Bond after making Spectre due to the toll the role takes on his physical and mental health.

The British actor had to complete the last instalment in the espionage franchise in a knee brace due to an onset injury in 2015, and after finishing filming, commented in an interview that he had no desire to take on the role again.

However, Craig is set to return as Bond one final time in No Time to Die, and in a chat with GQ magazine, insisted he meant it when he hinted he’d quit.

“I was never going to do one again,” the 52-year-old explained. “I was like, ‘Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?’ And I didn’t feel… I felt physically really low.

“So, the prospect of doing another movie was just, like, off the cards. And that’s why it has been five years.”

Revealing that preparing for the part harmed his mental health, Craig added: “With Bond, you don’t get the script, so the physicality of it is a preparation, in a way. It’s making my head go, ‘This is what it’s going to be.’

“I have suffered from (anxiety) in the past. I have suffered because it’s been like, ‘I can’t cope, I can’t deal with this.'”

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was scheduled for release next month. Yet, producers have decided to postpone the debut until November due to the spread of coronavirus around the globe.

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Barbara Broccoli: ‘Daniel Craig brought a lot of humanity to James Bond’

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond …

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.

The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die.

The franchise’s longtime producer Barbara has credited the British actor with helping evolve the character from his womanising roots to a respected man living in a time with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

“(Bond) has evolved, like men are evolving, one hopes,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Daniel’s brought a lot of humanity into the role and to his relationships in the film. He’s got vulnerabilities. He’s much more 21st-century.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she also revealed how she had persuaded Daniel to make one more Bond movie, as he was ready to retire after filming had finished on Spectre in 2015.

“He felt at the end of the last movie he’d kind of done it,” she explained. “I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have, I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”

Now the search is underway for Daniel’s replacement, but Barbara is trying to avoid thinking about her longtime friend departing the iconic film franchise, which has been delighting moviegoers for 57 years.

“We still have so much to do to finish this film, to get it right, so we’re really focusing on that,” she shared. “I’m in denial, to be honest, about Daniel. I can’t really confront that right now.”

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Daniel Craig felt Spectre wasn’t right place to conclude run as James Bond

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy. After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agen…

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy.

After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agent, particularly after he famously said he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than play the character again, a statement he later retracted.

However, he decided to come back and reprise the role for the fifth and final time for No Time to Die, and in an interview with Empire magazine, Craig explained that he wouldn’t have been satisfied if he’d stopped after Spectre.

“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.'”

He added that he had his own thoughts about where the continuing story might end up.

“I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is,” the 51-year-old noted.

Craig, who began playing Bond with 2006’s Casino Royale, confirmed he was “done” with Bond movies during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

He also told USA Today he has had a “really good run” as the spy, and stated, “It was the right thing to do one more… I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

No Time to Die, which takes place a few years after the events in Spectre, features returning stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes as well as newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Naomie Harris committed to healthy living after childhood scoliosis trauma

Naomie Harris has pledged to never abuse her body after battling severe scoliosis as a child.The Spectre star was diagnosed with the condition – which causes the spine to curl into an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape – when she was just 11 and had to learn how to …

Naomie Harris has pledged to never abuse her body after battling severe scoliosis as a child.

The Spectre star was diagnosed with the condition – which causes the spine to curl into an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape – when she was just 11 and had to learn how to walk again after having an operation.

“The progression of the disease became severe in my teens, and I needed an operation. Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine. I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic,” she recalled in a chat with Shape magazine. “I saw kids in the hospital with scoliosis so advanced that they would never be able to stand properly. I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body.”

To maintain her health, Naomie meditates daily, exercises five times a week at Pilates classes or in a swimming pool, and she doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee.

“I don’t abuse my body,” the 43-year-old shared. “Health is the greatest thing you can have.

“I didn’t want to do anything that could hurt me in any way. I was very protective of my body. When I started making films that required me to be physically active, I realised that my body was capable of doing a lot more than I thought it was, and that if I exercise, I become stronger.”

Naomie also opened up about her incredibly healthy diet and explained that she had gone through years of experimenting with different foods in order to work out what works best for her.

“I’m a really healthy eater. For one thing, I incorporate Ayurvedic principles. That means plenty of warm, nourishing foods like stews and soups, even for breakfast. I have a really fast metabolism, so if I don’t eat something filling in the morning, I’ll be hungry again in five minutes,” she stated.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to ‘liven up’ Bond 25 script

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script. The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James …

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script.

The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James Bond actor Daniel Craig to bring her wit, humour, and quirkiness to the screenplay as he is a fan of the show and her other series Killing Eve, which she helped write and produce, according to Britain’s The Observer.

The 33-year-old has recently been in New York City, where Craig lives, performing a stage version of Fleabag, and during her stay, they reportedly discussed how to improve the script. Film sources claim the British actor felt the screenplay needed some “polishing” and could do with some of Waller-Bridge’s brand of offbeat humour.

Representatives for the film and Waller-Bridge did not respond to comment, while Craig’s U.S. agent said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

There have been a number of writers attached to Bond 25. It was originally being written by John Hodge when Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle was in the director’s chair, however, after the duo left in August (18) due to creative differences, Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who helped write recent instalments Spectre and Skyfall, were brought in to rework Hodge’s script. In February (19), it was then revealed that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns had been asked to do a rewrite.

If she does join the project, Waller-Bridge will become the second female writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, the secretary of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, co-wrote the first film, Dr. No, and its follow-up, From Russia With Love.

The film, now to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, has suffered numerous delays, but is now scheduled to be released in April 2020. Pre-production work has begun in locations like Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and it is thought filming will start later this month.

Craig will be joined by returning stars Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux, while Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is believed to be a new addition to the cast.

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Lea Seydoux’s Bond girl will be back for new film

Lea Seydoux is returning to the Bond franchise.The French actress was last seen in 2015’s Spectre as psychiatrist Madeleine Swann, who eventually succumbs to James Bond’s charms after meeting him at the Alpine clinic she works at. And it was the return…

Lea Seydoux is returning to the Bond franchise.

The French actress was last seen in 2015’s Spectre as psychiatrist Madeleine Swann, who eventually succumbs to James Bond’s charms after meeting him at the Alpine clinic she works at.

And it was the returning 007 Daniel Craig who wanted Lea back for Bond 25, which is slated for a 2020 release, with the full blessing of director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

“Lea will be returning,” Cary told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, adding that Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will also be back as M, Q and Eve Moneypenny, respectively.

“You have some of the best actors in the world here. Why wouldn’t I have the best coming back?!”

And it’s no surprise Lea has signed on for a return, as she previously spoke fondly about how she made the character her own.

“I think she is distinct from all the others. She’s not really a Bond girl – she’s a real character,” she once told The Edit. “I made her mine. When you’re acting, it’s always personal. It’s about yourself, in a way.”

And during the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the 33-year-old didn’t hide the fact she’d like to return to the famous spy movies.

“Of course I would love it,” she told Yahoo! “I loved working on Bond, it was actually one of my best experiences. Yes, I would love that but we’ll see.”

Cary was a last-minute replacement for the top Bond job after Danny Boyle quit the project in August. His exit meant the film had to be pushed back from its original November 2019 release date.

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Dave Bautista calls working for Disney after James Gunn firing ‘pretty nauseating’

Dave Bautista has told fans working for Disney bosses on the next Guardians of the Galaxy will be “pretty nauseating” after the firing of director James Gunn. The filmmaker and writer behind both Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) films, a part of the Dis…

Dave Bautista has told fans working for Disney bosses on the next Guardians of the Galaxy will be “pretty nauseating” after the firing of director James Gunn.

The filmmaker and writer behind both Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) films, a part of the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), was dropped as director of the third instalment in July (18) after old tweets he sent joking about rape and paedophilia resurfaced.

Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, was the first core member of the Guardians cast to speak out about the news, taking to Twitter to defend Gunn’s character, and recently teamed up with the rest of the cast, including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, to share an open letter in which they called for him to be reinstated as director, even though they don’t support his tweets.

On Sunday night (05Aug18), the Spectre actor was asked by a Twitter user what he plans to do if Gunn isn’t brought back, and the former wrestler admitted he is contractually obliged to reprise his role but will find it hard to work for those who ousted Gunn.

“I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for,” he tweeted. “GOTG w/o (without) @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel (sic).”

The 49-year-old has been a vocal supporter of the director ever since his firing.

In his original tweet, he wrote: “I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this… @JamesGunn is one of the most loving, caring, good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. I’m NOT ok with what’s happening to him.”

Guardians 2 actor Kurt Russell has also backed Gunn, recently telling Variety: “He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven.”

Gunn, who has apologised for his offensive tweets, had completed the first draft of his screenplay for Guardians 3, which was originally scheduled to hit cinemas in 2020.

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