Monica Bellucci Says She Is NOT a 'Bond Girl,' She's a 'Bond Woman'

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Monica Bellucci, who will be the next love interest of James Bond in the latest 007 film Spectre, says she shouldn't be called "a Bond girl."

The 50-year-old beauty will play Lucia Sciarra in Spectre, Bond's love interest that is quite the departure from previous 007 films. In the last Bond films Daniel Craig, 47, was cast opposite women in their 20s and 30s. Finally, he's up against someone his own age.

In a new interview with The Guardian, Monica Bellucci said people need to rethink the "Bond girl" descriptor.

"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," said Bellucci.

She also noted that it was a bold, revolutionary and wise move by director Sam Mendes to cast a 50-year-old, mature woman in the role.

"The world is a man’s world. Men have the power in everything: journalism, acting, direction; in banks, finances, schools," said Bellucci. "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"

Monica Bellucci said roles for women in Hollywood is quite different than that found in Europe.

"I don’t know Hollywood very well. I’ve never lived in Los Angeles or New York," explained Bellucci. "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."

Monica Bellucci, you go girl... er, woman!

Pam Wright