Variety, meanwhile, boasts the out-of-the-blue scoop that 28-year-old Hitman co-star Olga Kurylenko will play "the female lead," Camille. The Ukrainian Kurylenko has caught my eye in both of her most recent roles, as the vampire who seduces Elijah Wood in Paris, Je T'Aime and opposite Timothy Olyphant in Hitman. In my review of that movie, I said, "The obligatory girl, a Russian prostitute (Olga Kurylenko), is easy on the eyes and not a bad actress despite, once again, having virtually nothing to work with, so she fulfills all the demands of a classic Eurospy leading lady." I stand by that, and I hope that Bond 22 offers her more opportunities to show off her acting abilities! (Hitman allowed her to show off other assets.) I like that the producers are continuing to hire exotic European actresses instead of Hollywood leading ladies like Halle Berry or Teri Hatcher. It feels more in keeping with Sixties Bond. I also like the idea of a "Eurospy Girl" (essentially) becoming a Bond Girl, even if it's four decades late!
For more information on the whole cast, check out the official press release at CommanderBond.Net.
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