New Bond Girl: Everything you need to know about Spectre’s Léa Seydoux
Lea Seydoux will plays Madeleine Swann in Spectre
When Sam Mendes announced the title of the latest James Bond film would be Spectre, he also revealed that 007 would have a new lady to keep him on his toes – Léa Seydoux.
The actress will play Madleine Swan and join the likes of Ursula Andress, Halle Berry and Eva Green to be immortalised as one of Bond’s famous femme fatales.
The latest movie in the spy series is due to start filming next week with a cast led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris.
When asked what makes a good Bond girl, Léa said: “A good director.”
Seydoux said she was still unsure what sort of character her role would have: “I’ve read the script but it only becomes real when you start. For now it’s kind of abstract.”
Speaking about the weight of expectation for a Bond girl, she said: “You have to get rid of the pressure, you just have to invent something new.”
Though the French actress has appeared in her fair share of movies, she is yet to become a household name – until now.
The actress will join other leading ladies Monica Bellucci and Naomi Harris in the film
The actress has already starred in acclaimed movies like Midnight In Paris
Already acclaimed in her native country, Léa has appeared in a number of French language films including Blue Is The Warmest Colour, which won Cannes Film Festival’s highest honour – the Palme d’Or.
The jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the prize not just to the director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film’s two stars, Léa and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Her first Hollywood movie came in 2011 with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which she starred alongside Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner playing the assasin Sabine Moreau.
Previous to that, Léa already had small parts in Quentin Tarentino’s Inglorious Basterds and worked with Russell Crow in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.
Lea won a prize at Cannes for her part in Blue Is The Warmest Colour
The star was named nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award
Known for more artistic films, the star has impressed movie critics with roles in Grand Central and the Woody Allen film Midnight In Paris.
In 2014, she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award for her roles in Beauty and the Beast, Saint Laurent and Wes Anderson’s indie film The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The French beauty was born in Paris in 1985 and originally hoped to be an opera singer, studying music at the Conservatoire de Paris, before trying her hand at acting.
Coming from an influential French family, her grandfather Jérôme Seydoux is the chairman of film company Pathé, Léa grow up around stars such as Mick Jagger, Lou Reed and shoe designer Christian Louboutin.
With her connections in the fashion world, Léa has modelled alongside her movie career but insists she is an actress first and foremost.
The actress also models for various brands
She has starred in campaigns for American Apparel and even featured in a short film for fashion house Prada, to promote their Candy fragrance.
Her latest role starring alongside the world’s most famous spy is sure to catapult the talented actress into global fame.
Announcing the new Bond movie on Thursday, director Sam Mendes revealed: “The title of the movie is Spectre. Some of you who have knowledge of the films will have an idea of what that refers to but I couldn’t possibly comment.”
“We’re in the middle of rehearsals at the moment, we’ve broken them to be here today. We will be shooting in some fantastic places such as here at Pinewood Studios, London, Rome, Mexico City, Morocco, and we’ll be taking Bond back to the Alps.”
Set for release in the UK on November 6 next year, expectations for the new movie are high following the success of Skyfall.