Lea Seydoux: Spectre is political

French actress Lea Seydoux has claimed the new Bond movie 'Spectre' has "political" undertones

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Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux thinks 'Spectre' has "political" undertones.

The 30-year-old actress - who's been cast in the role of Dr Madeleine Swann in the new Sam Mendes-directed movie - has revealed he on-screen character is the product of a "feminist" mindset.

She shared: "My character Madeleine Swann is a rebel. She's the daughter of an assassin and her father [Mr White, Bond's former adversary in 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace'] is the key to unlocking many of the mysteries in this plot.

"The Bond girl was a stereotype Bond girl, very sexy, but while Madeleine sleeps with Bond this time it's different. She doesn't need him or wait for him to save her."

Lea said that unlike prior Bond girls, her character stands on an equal footing to the secret agent.

She told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "It's almost political this film. The producers really thought through the project in a feminist way. My character is Bond's equal. She doesn't need Bond, she doesn't want to be part of his world.

"I think this is what's new in the film. It's not what you expect from a Bond film. It's a much more intense, complex and deep relationship."

Spectre

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 148 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman
  • UK release: 26 October 2015

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks…

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