Bond girls are a staple of the spy franchise, with some being reduced to canon-fodder, whilst others break 007's heart. For the upcoming No Time to Die, Ana de Armas will be adding her name to the long list of Bond girl names, but what influence she will have on the hardened spy, and where she will fall on the expendable-to-heartbreaker scale remains to be seen. Until then, we have the actresses' description of her character, Paloma, and how she is somewhat different to her predecessors.
"I wouldn't say she's ordinary, because when she needs to perform her job, she does. But [she] is flawed. She says what she feels, she's nervous, she's scared. It's human. When I read it, I was like, 'Oh, wait - I can be a Bond girl. I'm that. I'm that messy.' That's what felt so attractive, on top of what she's actually doing in the story, which is another step toward giving women a more powerful and strong place in the films."
Ana de Armas insists that the character is not like a lot of the Bond girls that have come before, and suggests that she plays an important part in Bond's mission, rather than just giving the 00-agent a night of amore before being offed the following day.
She even goes so far as to suggest that the character is a step forward for women in films, which should come as no real surprise considering the writing talent of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge being recruited to sharpen up the 007 script and thus make her the first female to earn a writing credit on a Bond film in the spy's 57 year movie history.
No Time to Die is far from the only film on de Armas' horizon, for which the actress has jokingly apologized.
"I'm sorry, you're going to get bored of me!"
Those films include Sergio, Wasp Network, the Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde and the currently filming Deep Water which has her starring opposite Ben Affleck. Before that de Armas is currently starring in director Rian Johnson's very well received whodunnit, Knives Out alongside the kind of A-list ensemble cast that only comes around once in a rare while.
Meanwhile, No Time to Die picks up with a James Bond who has left active service behind him, until his friend, the CIA agent Felix Leiter, asks for his help in the search of a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that the scientist has been abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before. Business as usual for 007, then.
You can see how de Armas' Bond girl plays into proceedings when No Time to Die is released on 3 April 2020 in the United Kingdom and then on 8 April 2020 in the United States. This comes courtesy of LA Times