Denise Richards (Dr. Christmas Jones)
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Actress: Denise Richards
Character: Dr. Christmas Jones
Movie: The World Is Not Enough
Date of Birth: 17 February 1971
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Place of Birth: Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Trivia: Enjoys kick boxing, has several cats and dogs,
was a high school cheerleader
"Do you want to put that in
English for those of us who don't speak spy?"
Pleased To Meet You
Dr. Christmas Jones is working with a decommissioning team at a former Soviet
nuclear test facility in Kazakhstan when she first encounters Bond, who is
the elderly Dr Mikhail Arkov.
Caught In The Act
Jones shares an intimate Christmas in Turkey with 007 after the mission is
complete. An embarrassed M and the rest of the MI6 staff watch from a spy
satellite picking up body heat.
A doctor of nuclear physics, Christmas Jones gets tangled up in the world of
espionage, aiding 007 in his mission to stop Renard. She can speak some
Russian and claims to have defused hundreds or nuclear devices. This expertise
comes in handy when she joins Bond in defusing a bomb placed in the King
She is taken prisoner with Bond by Elektra when Mr Bullion
places a bomb in the KGB headquarters, and sent down on
the submarine for Renard's
amusement. A post-coital cigarette smoking henchman gets his comeuppance,
for whatever he did to Christmas off-screen, when Bond uses his head
to knock on her hatch door.
Spouting valuable technical
the mission, Christmas assists Bond in foiling Renard's plot to overload
the nuclear reactor and the pair escape the doomed sub via a torpedo
Christmas: If I don't get this back, somebody's going to have my ass!
Bond: [pauses] ...first things first.
Bond: What do I need to defuse a nuclear bomb?
Christmas: What's the story with you and Elektra?
Bond: We're strictly plutonic.
Christmas: I could've stopped that bomb. You almost killed us!
Bond: I did kill us. She thinks we're dead and she thinks she got away with it.
Christmas: Do you want to put that in English for those of us who don't speak Spy?
Jones: Doctor... Jones. Christmas Jones. And don't make any jokes. I've heard them all.
Bond: I don't know any doctor jokes.
Green-eyed former model Denise Richards went in a
few short years from complete obscurity to one of the many "Next
Big Things" to entice filmgoers in the late 1990s. Born February
17, 1971 in a Chicago suburb, Richards moved with her family
to San Diego at the age of twelve. Following a modeling stint
in New York (which was of limited success due to Richards'
5' 6" height), Richards moved to Los Angeles to try her hand
at acting. She found work in shows such as Doogie Howser,
MD and Saved By the Bell before getting her first break in
1993 as Ben Affleck's girlfriend in the short-lived Against
1993 also marked Richards' film debut in National Lampoon's
Loaded Weapon 1. This led to her first starring role in
the bizarre 1994 "family film" Tammy and the T-Rex. Following
a small part in Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997), Richards
acquired relative fame, not to mention a dedicated group
of male followers, for her role in Paul Verhoeven's $100
million sci-fi action film Starship Troopers. Featuring
an army of giant ants doing battle with an army of tawny-skinned,
white-toothed young men and women who appeared to have
wandered off a Nordic Track commercial, the movie met with
enough success to constitute Richards' "big break."
"I'm spontaneous. I love going from one thing to something else and not knowing what I'm going to do next." - Richards on selecting her on-screen roles
gained further exposure (literally) and fame with her
next venture, 1998's Wild Things. Cast as spoiled socialite
Kelly Van Ryan, Richards gave a delightfully trashy performance
in a film that called for her to lie, cheat, scheme,
kill, and even perform a lesbian love scene with co-star
Neve Campbell. The film was successful in its ability
to satisfy its audience's desire for tacky and oversexed
and it provided Richards with further opportunities,
including 1999's Drop Dead Gorgeous". Co-starring with Kirsten
Richards played a small-town beauty pageant contestant
in a film that gleefully plays with America's beauty
ideals, something that was undoubtedly familiar territory