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The 'Bond' Girl Curse

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Sophie Marceau - Bond Girl: Elektra King ('The World Is Not Enough,' 1999)

Parisian actress Sophie Marceau first achieved international recognition as Princess Isabelle in the 1995 Oscar Best Picture winner, "Braveheart," then took on the role of Hippolyta in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and joined the 007 franchise in "The World Is Not Enough" in 1999. As Elektra King, the siren was not only a 007 love interest but also the movie's psychopathic villain, a distinction she's proud of. "I wasn't a Bond girl," Marceau told The Guardian of the role in 2008. "I was the villain. I played a megalomaniac, which might surprise you was a very happy experience." Since then, Marceau has shied away from the American market, only earning roles in two U.S. films — "Anthony Zimmer" and "Alex & Emma" — in the past decade. She has, however, continued to act in numerous French films. (Photo: MGM)

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