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There's a new agent 007 out and his latest Bond girl is none other than Sweden's Izabella Scorupco, who has received glowing reviews for being more of Bond's equal than her predecessors, many of whom have also had a Swedish pedigree.

(on the cover and above with Pierre Brosnan as James Bond) stars as Natalya Simonova, a beautiful Russian systems programmer in Golden Eye, the latest of the James Bond movies.
"I loved the part of Natalya," Scorupco declares. "She's very strong and very brave, and she has a lot more energy than I've ever had - always on the run and escaping."

Though a new face to American film audiences, Izabella has enjoyed a considerable amount of success in Sweden as an actress, singer and model. Born in the northern Polish village of Bialystok, she moved to Sweden with her mother as a young child. She studied drama and music and, at 17, was discovered by a Swedish film director who cast her in the movie No One Can Love Like Us, which made her a local teenage idol.

She then became a successful model in Sweden and throughout Europe, where she made good use of her fluency in four languages. In 1989, Scorupco displayed another facet of her talents, launching her career as a pop singer with her first single, "Substitute".. The single and subsequent album "IZA" both went gold and she followed with another hit single "Shame,
Shame," which she recorded in 1991.

Returning to acting in 1994, she immediately won the lead role in the Swedish film Petri Tears. Scorupco stars as a woman who lives her life as a man in this medieval drama, which was released in August 1995.

Scorupco insists that she has no problem with the designation given to the women of past Bond adventures. "I don't mind being called a `Bond girl', I take it as a compliment. I've always loved the Bond films - the glamorous locations, the extraordinary situationsso even if they'd had me running around on high heels and sighing `Oh James' I would have done it. For it's being part of a legend. It's just fantastic."

played the mysterious "Magda" in Octopussy in 1983, the James Bond movie in which Maud Adams had the title role. Kristina grew up on the Baltic island of Öland. After winning the titles of both Miss Sweden and Miss Scandinavia, she came to New York and worked for the perfume and make-up company Fabergé for three years. Her classic features made her an ideal choice for the role of Greta Garbo in the docudrama "The Silent lovers". Kristina has been a much sought after actress in such television series as Dallas, McGwyer, Air Wolf, Designing Women, Dangerous Curves and Baywatch. She played a doctor in the main story line of General Hospital a few years ago. Currently Kristina is producing a film in Texas, and in her spare time she enjoys riding in professional rodeos.

starred as Mary Goodnight (above with Roger Moore) in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). Britt's 40 000 dollar fee was not spectacular but she loved the VIP treatment and the generous expenses during the four months the film was shot in the most exotic locations in the Far East. In her autobiography she writes " I got along with Roger Moore very well. He was intelligent, witty and brimming with dry humour. No doubt as Bond he was girl-bait but I did not fancy him. Yet Roger's wife Luisa, was extremely possessive of him and could not hide her feelings on occasion. She was upset whenever he talked to another woman." Britt Ekland (actually Eklund) is better known for her stormy marriage with actor Peter Sellers and romantic involvement with rock star Rod Stewart than for her films, even though they included the 1967 classic "The Night they raided Minsky's" with Jason Robards and Elliott Gould.

is the only actress to have co-starred in two James Bond movies, opposite Roger Moore - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and in the title role of Octopussy (1984). Maud (Wickstr6m) was born in Luleå on the northernmost coast of Sweden. She started her career as a model and was spotted by Eileen Ford who brought her to New York. As a topmodel for the Ford Agency she was frequently featured in commercials and in magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She is still a model-spokesperson for Maybelline and Democracy. In New York Maud attended acting classes with Warren Robertson and began her acting profession with co-starring roles in "The Christian Licorice Store", "Mahoney's Estate" and "The Girl in Blue".

She also co-starred with James Caan in Norman Jewison's futuristic drama "Rollerball". Several other movies followed, most notably "Tattoo", a story about obsession starring Bruce Dem, and "Playing for Time" a moving concentration camp drama written by Arthur Miller and starring Vanessa Redgrave on PBS. She has also made numerous guest appearances on television and hosted a nightly, live talk show on national television in Sweden in `92 and `93. Maud has a co-starring role in a television series called "Radioskugga" that will start airing this spring in Sweden (SVT 1). This summer she will be a guest of honor at the Homecoming Days in Luleå and Haparanda.

has also played opposite Roger Moore in two James Bond movies. A former Miss World, she was acting in the theatre in the United Kingdom when she was was cast in Octopussy. She toured the world for eight months promoting the film. When director John Glen a year later was casting A View to Kill (1985), she landed her second Bond feature. Now Mary lives in the Hills of Hollywood and continues to enjoy her career in the entertainment industry that has included starring roles opposite Richard Harris in Strike Commando, Franco Nero and George Kennedy in Topline and Earnest Borgnine in the Opponent to name a few. She has worked on numerous American television shows, including Days and Nights of Molly Dodd with Blair Brown and the smash hit TV series Twin Peaks. She has also travelled the world for "Variety Club" raising over five million dollars for handicapped and under privileged children . Mary's talent for singing also garnered her work in the music business where she released two singles and a fitness program album.


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