Actress: Sophie Marceau
Character: Elektra King
Movie: 'The World Is Not Enough'
Date of Birth: 17 November 1966
Place of Birth: Paris, France
Trivia: Her full name by birth is Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu.
PLEASED TO MEET YOU
007 meets with Elektra King after M assigns Bond to protect the daughter of Sir Robert King, an old university friend. Bond rendezvous with Elektra at her family's pipeline to discover that Miss King possesses a strong will and expert skiing skills.
"It is my oil. Mine! And my family's. It runs in my veins - thicker than blood."
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Shadows stay in front or behind, unless you're Agent 007, who takes his position firmly on top. As well as his duty to protect Elektra, Bond takes on a few extra responsibilities when he beds this beautiful, lethal woman before ducking out for a trip to the Middle East.
After losing her father in an explosion at London's MI6 headquarters, Elektra takes over the family oil and pipeline business. Her ambition for industry domination soon gets out of hand, and it would seem King will stop at nothing to control the world's oil supply.
Despite the tragic death of her father, she continues to build the family empire. Bond discovers that there is more to Elektra than first meets the eye and she is now planning the deaths of millions, in exchange for her personal ambitions.
Sophie Maupu, now Marceau, grew up in the suburbs of Paris. She was first introduced to the world of movies at the age of 14 when a French film director put out a casting call to teenagers. The director, Claude Pinoteau, cast Marceau in his film, La Boum (a romantic comedy). After the success of her first film, Sophie Marceau was brought back to perform in La Boum 2 (1982). At 16 years, Marceau received her first contract with the production company Gaumont for a million francs.
In 1991, Marceau appeared in the stage production Euridyce by Jean Anouilh. This, her first stage role, won her the Moliere award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Marceau has been rewarded with several other awards including the César award, Most Promising Young Actress (1982), Best Romantic Actress at the International Festival of Romantic Movies (1988) and Moliere of the Best Theatrical Revelation for Eurydice (1994).
Later Marceau starred in three films by director and partner, Andrzej Zulawski. Marceau and Zulawski had a son on the 2 4th of July 1995. He was named Vincent.
Marceau took on Hollywood when she starred in Mel Gibson's epic, Braveheart, in which she performed the role of Isabelle. Since her leading role in The World Is Not Enough, Sophie Marceau has starred only in French films. On the 13th of June 2002 Sophie gave birth to her second child, a daughter Juliette, this time with new partner Jim Lemley.