Gorgeous French actress Lea Seydoux recently gave a detailed interview to a British newspaper, shedding light on her selection process for the role of Dr. Madeleine Swann in the upcoming James Bond adventure, SPECTRE.
Introduction: Lea Seydoux, the talented French actress known for her impressive roles in French-language cinema, is set to make a global impact as the latest Bond girl. In a candid interview with the ‘Event’ supplement of the UK’s Mail on Sunday newspaper, Seydoux shared her experiences, doubts, and the journey that led her to become a part of the iconic EON spy series.
A Crisis of Confidence: Upon landing the role of Dr. Madeleine Swann, Seydoux admitted to grappling with a crisis of confidence. She wondered whether she possessed the beauty and qualities required to be a Bond girl. The role was secured in April 2014, but with filming starting in December, Seydoux had ample time to question her suitability for the part.
The Audition Process: Seydoux recalled her initial audition, held at a Paris hotel, which did not go as planned. Nervousness got the best of her, and she forgot her lines, leaving her feeling disappointed. Despite this setback, she persevered and requested a second audition. Following this, she had the opportunity to meet director Sam Mendes at his London office, which ultimately secured her a spot in the film.
From Paris With Love: While Seydoux had gained recognition in France for her roles in art-house movies, she remained relatively unknown in the UK and USA. Although she had appeared in major Hollywood productions like “Inglorious Basterds,” “Robin Hood,” “Midnight in Paris,” and “Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol,” it was her critically acclaimed performance in the French-language film “Blue is the Warmest Colour” that earned her the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
A Familiar Face in the Bond Team: Seydoux had previously worked with Ralph Fiennes, who portrays ‘M’ in Skyfall and SPECTRE, in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in 2014. However, her role in SPECTRE is poised to catapult her to international stardom.
Introducing Madeleine Swann: Seydoux described her character, Madeleine Swann, as exceptionally chic, far beyond her real-life persona. Madeleine Swann is named as a nod to Marcel Proust, specifically referencing his work “Swann’s Way.” Seydoux emphasized that the character serves as a catalyst for change in Bond’s life.
A Strong and Independent Bond Girl: In a profile for the UK’s Empire film magazine, Seydoux provided further insights into her character. Dr. Swann isn’t the type to succumb to Bond’s charm immediately. She is portrayed as Bond’s equal, independent, and intelligent. She does not rely on him for salvation and is, in her own right, resourceful, albeit not in a physical, combat-oriented manner.
Filming SPECTRE: Much of Seydoux’s work for SPECTRE took place at Pinewood Studios near London. However, she was also part of key sequences filmed in the breathtaking Austrian Alps in January.
Lea Seydoux’s journey to becoming the next Bond girl is one filled with doubts, determination, and the promise of bringing a fresh and independent perspective to the iconic spy series. As the tenth French actress to join the ranks, her portrayal of Dr. Madeleine Swann is poised to make a lasting impact on Bond’s world and the global audience.