• Move over Bond girls, make room for a Bond woman

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    Monica Bellucci is radiant at the red carpet for ‘Spectre’s’ royal premiere in London

    Monica Bellucci is radiant at the red carpet for ‘Spectre’s’ royal premiere in London

    “Slapping an age on Monica Bellucci is like talking about how old Mount Rushmore is. Just shut up and stand there in awe. Not complicated.”—David Poland

    I am certain one of the things people are looking forward to in the new Bond film, Spectre is seeing Monica Bellucci take on the role of Lucia Sciarra. Entertainment Weekly calls Lucia “the oldest romantic foil in [Bond] series history.”

    We have to consider she is only four years off Daniel Craig’s age—compared to Lea Seydoux who is 17 years younger! So it is telling that we focus on her age more than Craig’s.

    It does say something about Hollywood where people feel it is a statement having Bellucci in a James Bond film, reminding the world that a woman in her 50’s can still be incredibly desirable.

    The actress contrasts this with the way it is in Europe: “I am not in the Hollywood system,” she says. “But what I see in France, are incredible actresses like Isabelle Huppert and Catherine Deneuve and Nathalie Baye still having the chance to play sexy, beautiful roles.”

    Props also go to director Sam Mendes who really did want a woman who looked 50—no tight or awful plastic surgery (thank god) and no effort to cover up the face with pancake makeup.

    To this, Bellucci expresses: “I think it is revolutionary to represent an adult woman who doesn’t make an effort to look younger. It also may be a new way to look at actresses and women.”

    Bellucci, here with Daniel Craig, reminds the world that a woman in her 50s is incredibly desirable

    Bellucci, here with Daniel Craig, reminds the world that a woman in her 50s is incredibly desirable

    Then again, you are talking about one of the most beautiful, iconic women of our time who is incredibly elegant and truly in a league of her own. In a way, Mendes is cheating—of all the 50-year-old women, he picks someone extraordinary. How can anyone else compete?

    Unfortunately, Bellucci gets limited screen time. But hopefully she and her Hollywood counterparts Michelle Pfeiffer (57), Jennifer Connely (45), Halle Berry (49), Julianne Moore (55), Salma Hayek (49), Rachel Weisz (45), Cate Blanchett (46) Lucy Lawless (47) continue to get opportunities to show that attractiveness and beauty does not expire at a certain age.

    Finally, when people comment, “ang tanda na niya [she is old already]” when they see someone with wrinkles—I sometimes wonder if they are oblivious to what time does? And if they also feel they are exempt from the effects of time.

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