17. February 2015 11:41
Biography Magazine caught up with Bond Girl Maryam d'Abo in 2003:
Where Are They Now?
Maryam d'Abo's claim to fame is as a "Bond girl"--even though the actress/producer says she has never truly felt the label fits her that well.
"Bond girls are supposed to be exotic and mysterious and dangerous--and I am none of these things," says d'Abo, who nevertheless became a member of the 007 sisterhood when she starred opposite Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987). "I remember the first time I was told I was pretty. It made me uncomfortable. I couldn't believe it was true."
Which is why d'Abo--who played Kara Milovy, a naive Russian cellist who brought out Bond's monogamous side--has always been a bit thrown by the fantasy woman image that the movie created. Not that she dislikes it. It's fun and flattering, she says, to know that, at age 42, she has been given the power to make men of all ages melt.
D'Abo played Bond girl Kara Milovy, a Russian cellist, opposite Timothy Dalton as 007 in 1987's The Living Daylights
"It's been more than 15 years since I did the movie and not a day goes by without somebody recognizing me and commenting about it," she says.
"I get fan mail from teenage boys who weren't even born when I made the movie!"
D'Abo followed Daylights with a short-lived sci-fi series, Something Is Out There (1988), then struggled for eight years in Hollywood before moving back to her native England, where she recently co-starred in a TV remake of Dr. Zhivago (playing Lara's mother).
But she says she gets her greatest satisfaction as a producer. In addition to a 007themed documentary that premiered last November (titled Bond Girls Are Forever) , she has three films in development. "I love developing a project, all the way from its conception to its unveiling. It's almost like a pregnancy-except, for a producer, the process takes more like nine years."
Speaking of which, d'Abo has never married or had kids, but she says, "I do have a partner and I hope it's not too late for me to nest."
[Source: Biography April r2003, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p27. Copyright © 2003 of A&E Television Networks]