Meet James Bond's new girlfriend, to be played by
Greek actress Tonia Sotiropoulou in "Skyfall"...
James Bond's New Squeeze
4th April 2012
Meet James Bond's new girlfriend in "Skyfall",
to be played by Greek actress Tonia Sotiropoulou (Τόvια Σωτηροπούλου).
She confirmed the news herself to her Facebook friends by posting
this status update: "Dear
friends I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!!
Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This
is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!!!!"
According to the actress herself, she will appear briefly in
the opening sequence of the film, set in Istanbul, where 007
is smuggled in when he is assumed dead. Fans may see echoes of
the pre-titles sequence from "You Only Live Twice".
Tonia will start "Skyfall" filming on April 22nd on
location in Istanbul,
Turkey, where she will shoot two or three
scenes over 5 days.
Originally, she had auditioned for the major
role of Sévérine in August against
a lot of other contenders, but lost out to French actress Bérénice
Marlohe. Her agency Back
Door Management then resubmitted her for consideration after
the casting director suggested they could find another role for
She auditioned again on Friday and met with director Sam Mendes
yesterday at Pinewood Studios to talk about the scene, when he
told her she had landed the part.
She told local press in her home country, "This
is the happiest day of my life so far! I feel very lucky and
blessed, but basically, I am very grateful that this happened,
for my family and my friends who believe in me and support trying
to do. I will do the best, I am very proud because somehow it
might be something that will advertise in Greece and I am happy
Tonia studied acting at George Kimoulis
Drama Centre in Athens before moving to London where she has
training with renowned acting coach Giles Foreman. In her native
Greece she has appeared in numerous productions including the
television series ‘True Love’ and ‘Golden
Girls’ and on stage in the musical ‘Trendy’ to
name only a few. Since moving to London Tonia has most recently
worked with acclaimed director Martha Fiennes on her project ‘The
in the feature film ‘Berberian Sound Studio’. Bi-lingual
in Greek and English Tonia, she has an effortless beauty and a
talent that is catching the eye of many directors
and producers in the UK.
The 23rd James Bond
film, "Skyfall", commenced principal studio photography on 7th November
2011 for a UK
release on October 26th, 2012 and the USA on November
9, 2012. MGM will produce, finance and distribute 007's
23rd adventure in
partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Daniel Craig will
be returning as the legendary British secret agent, alongside Judi
Dench as "M", with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal
Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. The cast will also include Bérénice Marlohe,
Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Wishaw.
The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, England;
Scotland; Shanghai, China and Istanbul, Turkey.
It will be the longest gap between Bond movies without
a change in the lead role. In addition, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of
the EON Productions series of James