Gemma

Ah, the Bond Girl—intended as a paragon of her species, the female foil and flame of cinema’s ultimate embodiment of masculinity says more about what we wish women were than what they are. Beginning with Ursula Andress (who emerged Aphrodite-like from the surf), the history of Bond’s beauties is a long and luscious chronicle of our desires both sublime (Barbara Bach’s Agent XXX) and ignoble (Denise Richards’ Dr. Christmas Jones).

Last time around, producers cast the piercing Eva Green as the woman who first fractured Cmdr. Bond’s heart, Vesper Lynd. Green was the perfect representation of multinational European luxury—dark Dior and diamonds (“Vesper is a Bond woman—a Bond Lady of Shalott,” said Anthony Lane.)

For the untitled “Bond 22″, scheduled to start production today, young Brit actress Gemma Arterton has been cast to play the unnamed object of the superspy’s affections. But 22 herself and relatively new to film, the rather bubbly looking Arterton is quite a change from the severe Green, signaling a shift from cultured to cute in Bond world. Not that we mind cute. Now as for a name—”Bubbles Chablis” anyone?

—G.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Gabriel Bell