James Bond has always been a predator and protector of women, and although Daniel Craig’s 007 has the worst track record when it comes to saving the ladies, he has ample opportunity to turn it around in “SPECTRE,” where he hooks up with Léa Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann and Monica Bellucci’s Lucia Sciarra.
The new vlog introduces Swann and Sciarra as polar opposites: an icy blond and fiery Italian, both with secrets and links to SPECTRE, the ubiquitous terrorist organization that Bond tries to infiltrate.
Swann’s a psychologist working at a private medical clinic in the Austrian Alps (a nod to “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” no doubt). She’s intelligent, sensitive and detached (there’s a clue to her identity in the latest trailer).
Sciarra’s the widow of an assassin killed by Bond: passionate yet frightened and easily swayed by Bond’s seduction, but she warns him of the danger that awaits him.
“Madeleine needed to be soulful, feisty and complicated and I think it’s a pivotal relationship,” remarked director Sam Mendes, who brings Bond full circle so he can start anew.
We’ll have to wait and see what Mendes means by “pivotal relationship,” but there are definite allusions to Bond’s first-love, Vesper, in the trailer: “Is this really what you want? Living in the shadows? Hunted? Being hunted? Always alone?” asks Swann, looking ravishing in a silvery gown while dining with Bond in an Orient Express-like train carriage. “I don’t stop to think about it,” he quips.
As always, though, it’s personal for this Bond.