Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is reportedly being courted to play the latest "Bond girl" to appear on the silver screen opposite Daniel Craig. Since Cruz is turning 40 next April, she will be making history if she's given the part since she will be the oldest woman to portray a 007 beauty.
Producers of the Sam Mendes-directed 24th Bond film have chosen to go with a more mature actress since the series is “aging up,” according to Yahoo. Craig himself is 45. So far Honor Blackman has held the ticket of oldest Bond girl from playing Pussy Galore at age 39 in the 1964 007 flick "Goldfinger," which stared a 33-year-old Sean Connery. The first Bond girl, Ursula Andress, was 26 when she emerged from the surf in "Dr. No" in 1962.
But Cruz’s age isn’t the only reason she's wanted for the film. According to a source who spoke to Yahoo, producers have been trying to get her in one of the Bond films for years. "The producers have tried to get Penélope before, but she has never been available because of other commitments,” the insider said. “The discussions have been going on for some time, and they are working out the contract details now.”
It’s not a bad time for the “Vicky Christina Barcelona” actress to join the series either. The 23rd Bond movie, "Skyfall," was the highest-grossing Bond film to date. Not such good timing, however, could be the fact that Cruz is pregnant. She’s expecting a second child with actor Javier Bardem, who played the villain in "Skyfall."
The gorgeous actress is known for sultry curves, but a source told the Daily Mail there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to Cruz bouncing back from her maternity shape:
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“She got back into shape fast after the first baby and will no doubt regain her figure quickly this time,” the source said. “She’ll be a great Bond girl. Bond girls are always brainy as well as sexy, and that’s totally Penelope.”
She and Bardem began dating in 2007 and were married in 2010, the Daily Mail wrote.
The currently unnamed Bond film is expected to hit theaters in late 2014 or early 2015.