Goldeneye is the definitive modern James Bond outing for so many reasons.
Pierce Brosnan’s bungee jump arrival, a devilishly good turn from Sean Bean, Russian Robbie Coltrane and some superb tank driving and jungle-based action set pieces.
Goldeneye also benefitted from a sublime N64 computer game and the presence of not one but two absolutely killer Bond girls.
But while Famke Janssen’s turn as Xenia Onatopp, a woman with what were quite literally killer thighs, kick started a career that has seen her appear in both the X-Men and Taken franchises, it’s been a different story for her co-star.
As Natalya Simonova, Izabella Scorupco was given the task of playing the goodie-two-shoes to Janssen’s very bad girl.
It was nevertheless a role Scorupco excelled in, with her likeness captured forever as part of the Goldeneye N64 outing where a heavily-pixelated version of herself plays a key role in proceedings.
A half Polish, half Swedish model who featured on the cover of Vogue in her younger years, Scorupco had enjoyed a brief pop career in Scandinavia, as well as roles in several foreign language films before landing a starring role in Golden Eye.
In the years since, Scorupcco has been busy marrying and divorcing Edmonton Oilers ice hockey star Mariusz Czerkawski in the years immediately following her Bond outing.
There have been plenty of sporadic film appearances too, with the Bialystok-born star featuring in Vertical Limit, Reign of Fire and Exorcist: The Beginning.
More music and some presenting work on Sweden’s Next Top Model has followed but these days the 46-year-old appears to be taking things a little easier – though she’s lost none of her Bond girl appeal if her Instagram account is anything to go by.
Married for a second time and with two children, Scorupco definitely appears to be living the good life.
With Monica Bellucci’s casting in Spectre signaling a change in tact when it comes to casting more mature Bond girls, they could do worse than look at resurrecting Natalya’s character for one more outing.
Unlikely perhaps, but then they said that about invisible cars in Die Another Day.
Unfortunately for this Bond girl, it’s more the case that you only live once in the world of 007.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.