Monday, January 7, 2008

"Meet the new Bond Girls, James Bond Girls : 007"

from - by Sarah Hall

There are a couple of new Bond girls in town.

British actress Gemma Arterton (seen left) and Ukranian model-thesp Olga Kurylenko (seen right) have been cast opposite Daniel Craig in the forthcoming installment of the 007 franchise, which is currently shooting in London, the film's producer confirmed.

Rumors that Arterton would be suiting up for the role have been circulating in the British tabloids and on Bond fan sites for several weeks.

Arterton and Kurylenko join the ranks of notable Bond girls of films past, including Halle Berry, Carey Lowell, Famke Janssen and Diana Rigg.

A virtual unknown, Arterton's pre-Bond credits include the British comedy St. Trinian's, in which she plays a naughty schoolgirl.

Few details about her character, known as M16 Agent Fields, have emerged; however, a representative for the film's Los Angeles-based producer told the Hollywood Reporter, "it's a nice-sized role."

Kurylenko, whose role is described as Bond's "leading lady," recently starred opposite Timothy Olyphant in Hitman and opposite Elijah Wood in Paris, je t'aime.

The film, which currently goes by the working title Bond 22, marks Craig's second go-round as the superspy, following his turn in 2006's Casino Royale. Marc Forster is directing.

Craig is the sixth actor to portray Bond, following in the martini-swilling footsteps of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

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