Monica Bellucci: 'I'm a Bond woman not a Bond girl'
Monica Bellucci says she is a "Bond woman" not a "Bond girl".
The 50-year-old actress is making waves in upcoming movie 'Spectre' as the oldest woman to play a love interest of the suave spy James Bond (Daniel Craig, 47) but Monica refuses to be known as just another Bond girl.
She told The Guardian newspaper: "I can't say I'm a Bond girl because I'm too mature to be a Bond girl. I say Bond lady; Bond woman. But I'm proud to be a Bond lady, because actually, Bond is the most amazing man. You know why? Because he doesn't exist."
Monica also praised director Sam Mendes for casting her.
She said: "Men have the power in everything: journalism, acting, direction; in banks, finances, schools. All the laws are made by men. Men think that women, when they're not able to procreate any more, become old. That is not true - they are still amazing! That's why I think that Sam Mendes in choosing me, an adult woman, created a big revolution.
"I don't know Hollywood very well. I've never lived in Los Angeles or New York. But what I can see in Paris, where I live, is that actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Charlotte Rampling, still get the chance to play strong, sexy roles even though they're not 20."
And Monica insisted that she won't mind when her looks fade as she has plenty more to offer.
She said: "Beauty is like a mask, and people think that when you're beautiful, some things can be easier. But even though the problems are still the same, there's a moment in your life where the beauty of youth goes away. Even though you say I'm pretty, I'm 50 years old, not 20. There is a moment in your life when you have to deal, because time goes by. All I can say is that I'm ready for it."