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Caterina Murino as Solange in Casino Royale

Actress: Caterina Murino
Character: Solange
Movie: 'Casino Royale'
Date of Birth: 15th September 1977
Place of Birth: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Trivia: Reached fourth place in Miss Italy contest in 1994

Bond first meets Solange when she is accompanying her husband - the villainous Dimitrios. Always one to keep his life as simple as possible, Bond decides to give Solange a ride home after he wins Dimitrios' Aston Martin DB5 at the poker table.

"What is it about bad men? You... my husband. I had so many chances to be happy, so many nice guys. Why can't nice guys be more like you?"

After Bond picks up Solange and offers to take him to his place, which is the same hotel as they're already in, the pair enjoy the honeymoon suite -- albeit too briefly. 007 orders room service for one and sneaks off to Miami after she gave him just enough information on her husband.

Caterina Murino as Solange in Casino Royale

Caterina Murino plays Solange, the wife of Dimitrios, a shadowy character who Bond defeats at the poker table. Not content with winning the Aston Martin DB5, 007 runs away with Dimitrios' wife as well.

When not hanging on the arm of her husband or 007, Solange rides a white horse on the beaches in the Bahamas.

Born on 15th September 1977 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, Caterina Murino is a talented bi-lingual actress.

In 1999/2000, she studied drama at the "Cinema of Theatre" of Francesca de Sapio, and went on to appear in theatre productions of "Richard III" (William Shakespeare) and several Italian language plays.

Before her film career took off in Italy, Murino appeared in commercials for various companies including Mastercard, Swatch, Mercedes Benz, Nescafe and Lorenz.

Murino entered the film industry in 2002 with a role in the German TV series, "In der Mitte eines Lebens" (roughly translates to "In the centre of life"). Her most successful foreign language film roles include Léa Leoni in "L'Enquête corse" (2004) and Elena in "Les Bronzés 3 - amis pour la vie" (2006).

The upcoming "Casino Royale" will be Murino's introduction to the world of Hollywood movie making.

Murino's talents extend the past the world of acting. She is bilingual - speaking English and French as well as her native Italian. She is also a talented dancer and enjoys tango and flamenco.

On Daniel Craig as 007: "You will see a great Bond. He's giving to Bond... something else, a different colour that we've never seen before. He's not only a lover, and elegant, and smiling, he can be very rude. He can be a very bad man",

On her filming: "I'm done all my scenes. There's only one left, when I'm going to ride my white horse. I hope it's going to be a beautiful scene with my beautiful white horse. I'm riding the horse every day here! So hopefully it's going to be good for the scene."

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