Sunday March 29, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Tonia Sotiropoulou lands enviable role as the first Greek Bond girl

By Elis Kiss

At the age of 50, 007 has finally succumbed to some Greek charm. Brief but steamy, the encounter between James Bond and his first ever Greek-born love interest in the newly released “Skyfall” reveals the quintessential British spy’s more vulnerable side, before he returns to traditional government agent action, bespoke attire and more amorous adventures.

Tonia Sotiropoulou, a native Athenian, spent a week on the set of the 23rd Bond installment starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes. The film opened in movie theaters around Greece on November 1.

“James Bond is reborn in this film. He is a more human Bond because Mendes is a very different director. Whether directing a small film or a blockbuster, his work is ripe with emotion and color,” Sotiropoulou told Kathimerini English Edition.

On location in idyllic coastal Fethiye, Turkey, the actress prepared for her scenes alongside Craig, who was working on his third 007 outing.

“Daniel is nice, funny, a very normal guy, it was the most relaxed shooting experience I’ve had so far,” commented Sotiropoulou. “We were laughing about the sex scene, I was kidding around saying: ‘How nice. You’ll hold me for a couple of hours.’”

Meanwhile, Mendes became a friend.

“I trust him. He is a very sweet, very normal person who does what he does out of love,” she said.

Sotiropoulou’s appearance in “Skyfall” comes as a happy addition to the actress’s resume, which also includes parts in series and films including Peter Strickland’s recent “Berberian Sound Studio,” a horror movie in which the actress stars alongside Toby Jones.

Born in 1987, Sotiropoulou went to drama school in Athens before heading to London four years ago to pursue a career in the British film industry.

“I love British culture and their sense of humor. They tend to be very honest and this can be tough to handle sometimes, but you do learn in the process,” she admitted.

In London, the actress takes care of her pets, takes the grim weather in her stride and enjoys strolling round a city where people, whether famous or lesser-known, tend to mind their own business. She is also taking careful acting steps and has repeatedly rejected casting offers and movie projects she felt were not appropriate for her.

“Many confuse celebrity with success and somehow take on roles they don’t really want. This is something producers and directors sense; you have to be very selective when it comes to what you want to do,” noted the actress, who is expected to sign on for two new films – one a major studio production, the other an independent movie. “You either realize that you’re an actor and that’s your job or you’re all about marketing.”

Reaffirming her ties to Greece, the actress recently turned up at a “Skyfall” avant-premiere in Athens organized by the film’s local distributor, FeelGood Entertainment. At the event she spoke about her involvement in what is certain to be a worldwide blockbuster, a film whose globetrotting journey is picking up more and more rave reviews.

James Bond has come a long way since his transposition from Ian Fleming’s action-packed pages onto the big screen, starting with “Dr No,” starring Sean Connery, in 1962. The latest cinematic chapter may strike a kind of back-to-the-roots chord with many Bond fans out there, while at the same time signaling changing times.

“‘Skyfall’ comes at a time when Europe is looking inward and facing a broadening crisis,” said Sotiropoulou. “There is respect toward what is going on right now, there is an element of reflecting today’s average person. A film like ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, for instance, just wouldn’t cut it right now.”

ekathimerini.com , Friday November 2, 2012 (19:16)  
Communist structures risk fate of Ozymandias
Nude sculptures of ancient Greeks dazzle in British Museum exhibition
Mary Katrantzou wins 2015 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund
New generation embraces the evzone, cliches and all
For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak
VELES, FYROM – This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the night began. As club-wielding police closed in, the 3...
What a life: The world’s most traveled man, who’s been to all 195 countries
“The trip to the South Pole was not the most extraordinary experience of my life, but it had to be done. In the same way that people visit Aghios Gerasimos to fulfill a pilgrimage, I felt it...
Inside Community
Inside Gastronomy
Inside Travel
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Disabled convicts to be freed early
2. Greek energy minister starts two-day visit to Russia on Monday
3. Opposition tells Tsipras to get control of his party
4. Vitsentzos Kornaros passenger ferry finally on its way
5. Foreign laborer dies after falling from 3rd floor of Iraklio building
6. A 5.3 Richter quake rattles area between Crete and Kasos
more news
Today
This Week
1. Fitch downgrades Greece amid bailout uncertainty
2. Opposition tells Tsipras to get control of his party
3. Let's change the subject
4. Greek energy minister starts two-day visit to Russia on Monday
5. Too little, too late?
6. Disabled convicts to be freed early
Today
This Week
1. Next Monday is D-Day for state funds
2. PM faces Merkel amid race to detail reforms
3. Some more equal than others
4. Greece to present reforms by Monday, says gov't spokesman [Update]
5. Looking at the Chinese model
6. Greece optimistic on deal with euro area next week
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.