There's lots of glitz and glamor to being a James Bond girl. But rarely will you find a Bond girl in her 50s and who's also talking about being eager to reach menopause.
For the sultry Monica Belluci may be the oldest Bond girl in the franchise's history yet.
But this is not the only thing that makes 51-year-old Belluci stand out from the rest of her Bond girl peers. The veteran actress, who has famously appeared in the Italian film Malena and as Mary Magdalene in Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, has made a host of numerous claims, including not caring about aging or her diet, or insisting that her role in the new Bond film Spectre will be 'revolutionary.'
However, she does admit to feeling squeamish about the violence, and fears that the level of gore borders on the 'pornographic,' The Daily Mail reports, referring to the scene where one hapless victim has his eyes gouged out.
In Spectre, Belluci plays the role of Lucia Sciarra, who becomes a widow when 007 kills her husband. One thing is for sure, the British spy and the attractive cougar get a chance to some very steamy scenes.
Of this kind of role, Belluci believes she succeeded in portraying that women in their 50s are just as capable of being attractive and seductive as younger women.
"We should not be worried about the age when it comes to love and attraction," Monica explains. "Just as younger women are attracted to older men, it shouldn't be considered strange that men in their 20s and 30s are drawn to older women. It's the chemistry and energy between men and women that counts...True sexiness is in the mind, the imagination, not in the age of the body," the actress told the UK Mirror.
However, critics who have seen the latest Bond installment are quick to slam the film's makers saying that there is nothing "revolutionary" about the new Bond lady, The Daily Mail avers.
Daniel Craig previously said that he would be surrounded by women "who have no problem putting him in his place." This doesn't seem to be the case as the character Lucia barely makes it to the plot for more than a matter of minutes, besides the gratuitous sex scene with the spy.
This is not the audience's idea of "revolutionary," many have echoed. Variety's Catherine Bray says that it is so sad that "the last thing we see of her is her pouting on the bed in suspenders saying 'Don't leave me, James,'" the report said.