Skyfall: New "Bond Girl" Tonia Sotiropoulou Added to Cast; Daniel Craig Not Passing the Torch Any Time Soon
04.06.12 by BJSprecher
If at first you don't succeed...
After losing out to French actress Bérénice Marlohe for the role of Sévérine in the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, Greek actress Tonia Sotiropoulou's agency resubmitted her for consideration for another part and now she's destined for movie immortality as one of the elite corps of actresses known as "Bond Girls." Sotiropoulou was informed by director Sam Mendes (Jarhead) that she got the part earlier this week and wasted no time leaking the news to the world via a Facebook post reading, "Dear friends I officially announce I got a part in new J. Bond film!!! Turkey here I come!"
According to Bond über-fansite MI6, Sotiropoulou starts filming on location in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 22nd and "will shoot two or three scenes over 5 days." The site also mentioned that Sotiropoulou's character will be Bond's (Daniel Craig) "girlfriend" in the movie, though this has not been confirmed. Sotiropoulou told the Greek press that the day she learned the news was "the happiest day" of her life "so far," and that she is "very grateful that this happened."
In related news, Daniel Craig said in a recent interview with the BBC (via AZCentral) that he has no intention of relinquishing the role of Ian Fleming's British super-spy to another actor. At least, not by choice.
I will keep going until they tell me to stop. I know there'll be someone after me, and hopefully someone after them — I'm just trying to keep [the series] going.
Craig also said that the four-year gap between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall is not a symptom that the franchise is in trouble, but that they took their time to get it right.
We haven't been resting on our laurels, we've been plotting what to do with this film. The first one was a whirr — it was a new experience and flew by — the second one was the tricky second album, but this one we've really planned and got a great script.
Skyfall was written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan. The cast includes Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney, Helen McCrory, Rory Kinnear, and Naomie Harris.
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