At 51, Italian actress Bellucci is just four years older than the 007 star
Daniel Craig has corrected a journalist who referred to Monica Bellucci’s character in new Bond film Spectre as “an older woman”.
When the 51-year-old Italian actress was cast in Spectre last year, certain sections of the media branded her “the oldest ever Bond girl”. Bellucci appears in the film as Lucia Sciarra, the alluring widow of an assassin killed by Craig’s 007.
During an interview with The Red Bulletin, Craig explained that Bond has become more chivalrous in recent films because “we’ve surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in his place”.
He was then asked about Bond “succumbing to the charms of an older woman”, namely Bellucci’s character in Spectre. “I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age,” replied Craig, who at 47 is just years younger than the Italian actress.
“We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!”
Naomie Harris, who plays Moneypenny in Spectre, recently suggested that the term “Bond girl” is outdated. “Monica is 50 and I think it’s respectable to say she’s a Bond woman,” Harris told The Independent. “It’s quite demeaning to call her a girl. So I think it’s time we had a little change there.”