Monica Bellucci speaks about Bond 25

Having made her James Bond debut in the most recent film, Spectre, Italian actress Monica Bellucci is being linked with the next, currently untitled, franchise entry.

Will Monica Bellucci be appearing in the 25th James Bond film? It’s a rumour she refuses to confirm or deny, as her agent told Variety.

And in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, she responded to a question about returning to the Bond universe with the words «I can’t say anything about that.»

But she does look back on her time making Spectre with affection: «Being in Bond was an amazing experience and I loved working with Daniel Craig. He was an amazing partner, so respectful.»

As for her role as Lucia Sciarra, widow of an assassin who had fallen afoul of Bond, she noted that «cinema is finally representing society. Today, women can have great roles, strong roles, feminine roles after 50, 60, 70, even 80.»

Both the quotations from her agent and from Bellucci herself came on the occasion of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma’s gathering to present the actress with a lifetime achievement award.

Having appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992 and then Gaspar Noe’s controversial 2002 film Irréversible, she gained widespread mainstream recognition for her role in the two sequels to The Matrix — 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Following The Passion of the Christ she performed in English, French, and Italian-language features, including Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm, critically acclaimed sex trafficking drama The Whistleblower, Jerry Bruckheimer fantasy The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Daniel Craig has already announced his return to Bond for a fifth time, having led Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, with the unnamed 25th Bond movie being written by the duo behind those four previous releases.

A director is yet to be named, though French-born, London-raised Yann Demange of Northern Irish thriller 71, 2018 crime drama White Boy Rick and TV series Top Boy has been associated with the project, along with David Mackenzie of Hell or High Water and Denis Villeneuve, Canadian director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049.

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