Léa Seydoux: ‘My Bond girl had a brain and a job’

The French actress on why her Bond girl is an equal to the man himself.

Léa Seydoux
Parisian chic Bond girl Léa on the red carpet. Image Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

She’s the ass-kicking Parisian chick who was catapulted into fame with Spectre, and Léa Seydoux admits she still can’t quite believe she starred in the film.

The French actress, who plays Madeleine Swann opposite Daniel Craig’s 007, initially didn’t think she was good enough for the part.

Seydoux attended a Spectre audition, but didn’t even know what the part was for.

“I didn’t know the part because it was a very big secret, so I had to keep it a secret and the process was quite long,” the 30-year-old told Loaded.

“I did a casting in Paris and I met the director, Sam Mendes. Then I had to wait and it took a long time, but one day Sam called me and said ‘OK. If you want to be a part of it, you’re welcome’.”

On set
On set The love interests during filming of Spectre. Image AP

Even though she hadn’t even read the script, Seydoux was unsurprisingly onboard, admitting: “It was a bit like ‘OK, I’m a part of it. I’m not able to read the script, but of course I’m going to do it!’

“I mean, how can you resist?”

When she finally did get her hands on the script, Seydoux was thrilled to learn that hers was an intelligent type of Bond girl, and one who wasn’t going to use her body to attract the spy.

“Madeleine is a different Bond girl in the way that she doesn’t seduce with her body,” Seydoux says. “She has a brain and she has job.

“She’s smart, independent and so I think she’s Bond’s equal in a way. Also, she understands him as well because her father is an assassin.”

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Bond girls with brains Daniel Craig pictured with Léa and Monica Bellucci at the Spectre premiere. Image Photo by Getty

Seydoux’s character filmed all of her scenes in Spectre with Craig, and she reveals the pair quickly, er, bonded. She believes that Craig’s Bond is quite the sensitive soul.

“With Daniel as a Bond, I think he’s more human,” she enthuses. “You have access to his feelings and emotions and he’s even a romantic James Bond. So it’s a nice contradiction, the fact that he’s a killer and he also has feelings. I think that’s why we love him so much.

“I’m very proud to be a part of this iconic franchise and working with Daniel was great also. He’s such a great person.”

Seydoux just been announced as the new face of fashion giant Louis Vuitton and is set to appear in It’s Only the End of the World alongside Marion Cotillard later this year.

Meanwhile, speculation continues to mount over whether Craig will reprise his role as Bond again, with close friend Mark Strong recently admitting that he believed the actor had hung up his Bond boots for good.

Spectre is available on Digital HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD now from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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