Election season is here, which can mean only one thing: It’s time to turn off the TV and hide under the bed until it’s all over! To keep you company, we’ve rounded up this month’s sexiest stars, including the hottest Bond girl we’ve ever seen: Skyfall’s Bérénice Marlohe. Somewhere Pierce Brosnan is looking at these pictures and weeping.
Bérénice Marlohe The hottest Bond girl ever will leave you both shaken and stirred.
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by Ruth Hilton
photographs by Matt Jones
It’s been 50 years since the most enduring movie franchise of all time exploded onto the big screen with a “Bond. James Bond.” The series’ mix of cool charisma, mind-blowing gadgetry, and scorchingly beautiful women continues with the 23rd installment, Skyfall. So what better way for Maxim to help 007 get his semi-centennial on than in the company of the smokin’ new Bond girl? Presenting, For Your Eyes Only, French-Cambodian- Chinese beauty and Skyfall star Bérénice Marlohe.
Is Skyfall the best Bond movie of all time?
It’s a terrific script. And I think they’ve never had such a great cast, like Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench…and Bérénice Marlohe [laughs].
Tell us about your character, Sévérine.
I like the word enigmatic, because I created her in a way that she is not obvious. You can’t put her in a field like bad or good.
Are there any behind-the-scenes stories you can share about filming?
Well, I missed Daniel Craig naked, unfortunately. I think I’m going to commit suicide right now.
What kind of training did you do for the role?
I did some fight training and trained with guns. Big guns.
So are you good at shooting now?
I am. Yeah, baby!
That’s hot. Are you currently single?
Yes, I am. A good Bond girl is a single Bond girl.
So does a Maxim man
stand a chance?
If they know how to cook, how to do Thai massages, how to…a lot of things, actually
What should we cook?
Thai stuff and Italian. Real Italian pasta, like grandmothers do. And desserts, too. Very important.
What’s the worst pickup line a guy has ever tried on you?
One time on the subway, this show-off guy got on, saw me, and started flexing his muscles and grinning at me with this stupid “I’m going to seduce you” look. And as he was looking at me, he turned and walked right into a pole, took it right in the face! It was like a comedy scene.
Do you have any celebrity crushes?
Christopher Walken. [He’s on page 70!] He’s one of the most talented actors, and I really like his charisma.
What if Christopher Walken asked you on a date, but then he burped and farted?
It would be like a divine expression of his love, so I would allow him to do that. Like, you know, when babies do a poop, it’s like a present for their mother. So I would consider that an honor! If you’re reading this, Christopher Walken, I love you!
ROGER MOORE PLAYED THE ROLE OF JAMES BOND MORE TIMES THAN ANYONE ELSE (IF YOU DON’T COUNT CONNERY IN Never Say Never Again, AND WE DON’T). SIR ROG WEIGHS IN ON THE FRANCHISE’S HIGHLIGHTS.
“Obviously, Sean Connery. But I thought Timothy Dalton was very interesting; it was a new slant on Bond. When I was about to leave, I suggested three people: Sam Neill, the Australian actor; Pierce Brosnan; and Timothy Dalton. Daniel Craig hadn’t even been born then…He is a wonderful Bond, though, a bloody fantastic athlete. I reckon he did more in the first five minutes of Casino Royale than I did in my whole 14 years as
Bond, in terms of jumping around.”
BEST Q GADGET
“The best gadget of all is the magnetic watch in Live And Let Die. It unzipped Madeline Smith’s dress, except it didn’t really work. The prop man was up her skirt with a wire pulling the zip down, because there’s no such thing as a magnetic watch. And it was shit at telling the time.”
BEST BOND VILLAINS
“I thought Yaphet Kotto in Live And Let Die was excellent, as both Mr. Big and Kananga. ‘Kananga’ was a real fellow—Ross Kananga, who ran the alligator farm we shot on. His father was eaten by one of the buggers; he pointed out the one that got him. We liked him so much that we called the villain Kananga. Christopher Walken in A View To A Kill was great, too, a very laid-back actor and very funny.”
BEST BOND CAR
“I wasn’t really associated with any one car. I had a lot of different ones. I think Sean had wrecked them all by the time I got there. But the best car in the Bond films was the Aston Martin Sean had [a 1963 DB5 prototype in Goldfinger]—you know, with the spikes coming out of the tires.”
BEST BOND FILM
“Of the ones I did, certainly The Spy Who Loved Me, because I adored Lewis Gilbert, who directed it. He had a great sense of humor and was great fun. I liked all of Sean’s ones, and Casino Royale, I loved. Quantum of Solace I didn’t quite understand, but I look forward to Skyfall because, I must say, that looks really good.”
BEST BOND STUNT
“The best Bond stunt was the ski-jump parachute opening at the beginning of The Spy Who Loved Me. That was brilliant. The one that was hell to do was flying around Paris in a Renault with no windshield in A View To A Kill. The police were riding in front waving little flags to stop traffic, but I never saw anyone take notice of those bloody flags!”
“Obviously, I had the best fashion sense. I love when people take the piss on blobs or blogs or whatever you call them on the Internet, making fun of the safari suit from Moonraker. I thought it served its purpose very well. Thank God I had it in some of the places we were shooting, like Brazil and Argentina. I don’t still wear it—I couldn’t even get my waist in the chest, let alone in the whole suit!”
BEST BOND GIRLS
“The sexiest, I suppose, was Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me. Being Bond, you win all the fights and you get all the girls. But if you get a girl too early, you know she’s going to get killed, argh! You read the script, and, uh-oh, she’s for the high jump. Now, Jane Seymour started off as a villain in Live And Let Die, but then, she hadn’t yet seen a little bit of James Bond’s hickory-dickory!”
BEST EVIL HENCHMEN
“I loved the two gay waiters in Diamonds Are Forever, Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. That film was really funny. The way Mr. Wint goes, ‘Whoooo!’ as Sean pushes him over the edge of the boat! And Tee Hee [the henchman with the metal claw in Live and Let Die]—that was great stuff.”
FUNNIEST BOND MOMENT
“My favorite was an ad-lib in Octopussy where a tiger leaped out at me, and I just said, ‘Sit!’ Another was a Tom Mankiewicz line in The Man With The Golden Gun, when Bond goes to the gunsmith to get information from him. I lower my rifle toward his nether regions and say, ‘Speak now or forever hold your piece.’ That’s a good line.”
[Source: Maxim Magazine USA, November 2012, P. 1,3, 51-56, 72-76, 88 Copyright © 2012 Maxim Media Inc. MAXIM ® is a registered trademark owned by Maxim Media Inc. All rights reserved.]
The December issue of Maxim Australia features the same interview with Berenice Marlohe, but moves the photos around and follows it up with a look at James Bond's greatest vehicles: