Wednesday 21 February 2018

Aisling O’Connor: Shaken, stirred and forgotten -- the sad legacy of Bond girls

BRIGHT lights, red carpet -- movie stars, celebrities, and the contestants of 'The X Factor' came out to soak up James Bond's limelight in London at the world premiere of the latest instalment from the 007 franchise, 'Skyfall'. The high celebrity factor at the premiere -- Charles and Camilla, a few Oscar-winning WAGs and a good helping of the British A- list -- was telling of the impact a relatively unknown Bond Girl can really make.

For Bond newcomers Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, it was surely the night of their careers thus far. Both have enjoyed success on TV and in mid-range budget movies in their home countries.

Harris's breakthrough role was in fact Danny Boyle's '28 Days Later', in 2002, and has had two supporting roles in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies, but has spent much of her career below the international radar.

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