Lois Chiles reflects on her time as a Bond girl in the Moore era
At the time Bond girls had a less-than-perfect reputation. They were often accused of being one-dimensional, eye-candy, etc and Chiles, the NY Times
reminds us, came to 007 in the midst of a respectable career, having appeared in the now-classic pictures âThe Way We Wereâ and âThe Great Gatsby.â
"You have to realize this was the 1970s and women were very upset about being portrayed as sexual objects," says Chiles" So becoming a Bond girl was not necessarily desirable. There was also this stigma that this was the peak and you were never going to work again. That was painful to hear."
But there was a silver lining: "In a way, Holly was a bridge to the future. The previous Bond film, âThe Spy Who Loved Me,â was fabulous but Barbara Bachâs character was far more sexual than Holly. Wearing that yellow spacesuit during much of the movie didnât make me very alluring, and some fans were disappointed. But it was their concession to the womenâs movement."
She has positive hopes for newcomer and "Skyfall" star, Berenice Marlohe, saying that Bond films, âtake you around the world both literally and metaphorically. Itâs become such a big franchise. âSkyfallâ will be a springboard for her because sheâll now be known worldwide and become a bankable commodity. I would tell her to enjoy the ride.â
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