JAMES BOND'S SWEDISH BEAUTIES
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
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
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
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