If you’re an actress, pretty much the kiss of death is to become a Bond Babe. Think about it. How many people who’ve played Bond heroines can you name off the top of your head?
Ursula Andress. Honor Blackman. Diana Rigg. Jane Seymour. They more or less disappeared from the face of the earth. Latterly Eva Green, the astonishingly attractive Vesper Lind from Casino Royale, still seems to be earning a living, but she’s not exactly an A lister. As for any of the other 19 or so, vanished off the face of the earth, pretty much, as soon as the film hit the screen.
Anybody yelling that Honor Blackman went on to do The Avengers, as did Diana Rigg, think again. The Avengers first screened in 1961. Honor Blackman cropped up in Goldfinger in 1964. Diana Rigg was in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969, way after her rise to fame opposite Patrick MacNee. I see she’s cropped up again in Game of Thrones. Good for her.
Seriously, the Bond heroines’ careers are pretty much scuppered when they accept the role. I bet even Jennifer Lawrence lies awake of a night, dreading the phonecall from her agent.
Things are just as ill fated for the bad guys, if not actually worse. Gert Frobe? What happened to him after he got sucked out of an aircraft porthole? Quite a lot, but you have to rack your brains.
Donald Pleasence. After The Great Escape, the world was pretty much his oyster. Starring role in Fantastic Voyage. Then things went to hell in a handcart with his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice. Couple of appearances in the Halloween franchise, then not a lot at all.
Can you even remember who played the baddy Le Chiffre in Casino Royale? Or Mathis from the same film?
So if your agent gives you a call inviting you to Pinewood for a readthrough, don’t say you weren’t warned. You may get a lot of foreign travel, but make the most of it.