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FAMKE JANSSEN (BOND GIRL)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2010-01-06
Xenia Onatopp in GOLDENEYE 1995

Our good man in France, Joel Villy, met up with Famke Janssen on the set of GoldenEye (1995) (1995), and again during the promotion tour for the film in 1995. He kindly provided the photos below.

About Famke Janssen:
Famke Janssen was born in 1964 and is a Dutch actress and former fashion model.

In 1984, Janssen moved to USA and began a professional career as a fashion model. She signed with Elite Model Management and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Victoria's Secret. She starred in a 1988 commercial for the perfume Exclamation by Coty, Inc.

After retiring from modelling in the early 1990s, Janssen had guest roles on several television series, including a starring role in the 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Perfect Mate", as empathic metamorph Kamala, opposite Patrick Stewart, with whom she later starred in the X-Men film series. That same year, Janssen was offered the role of Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but turned it down to pursue film roles. Her first film role was alongside Jeff Goldblum in the 1992 film Fathers & Sons.

In 1995, Janssen appeared in Pierce Brosnan's first James Bond film, GoldenEye (1995), as femme fatale "Xenia Onatopp". (Swedish actress Izabella Scorupco also appeared in the film.)

In an attempt to fight against typecasting after her Bond girl performance, Janssen began seeking out more intriguing support roles, appearing in John Irvin's City of Industry, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man, and Ted Demme's Monument Ave. Denis Leary, her co-star in Monument Ave., was impressed by how easily she blended in, initially not recognizing her as she was already in character. In the late 1990s, she also appeared in The Faculty, Rounders, Deep Rising, and House on Haunted Hill.

In 2000, Janssen played superheroine Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men. She reprised the role in X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Janssen had a prominent role in the second season of the popular TV series Nip/Tuck, as the seductive and manipulative life coach Ava Moore, which earned her Hollywood Life's Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. She reprised her role in the final two episodes of the series.

In 2007, she starred in Turn the River, for which she was awarded the Special Recognition Best Actress Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The following year, she starred in Luc Besson's Taken. Janssen also continued to work in television, appearing in TV pilots for NBC's cop drama Winters and Showtime's The Farm, a The L Word spin-off set in a women's prison. Both pilots were rejected by their respective networks. Janssen also provided the Dutch-language narration for the Studio Tram Tour at all Disney theme parks.

In 2011, Janssen made her directorial début with the drama Bringing Up Bobby. She also wrote the screenplay to the film, which stars Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, and Marcia Cross.

Other cast & crew from GoldenEye that we've met:
>Andrew Noakes (production accountant)
>Anthony Waye (associate producer)
>Barbara Broccoli (producer)
>Chris Corbould (special effects supervisor)
>Colin Salmon (actor)
>Desmond Llewelyn (actor)
>Eunice Huthart (stunts)
>Izabella Scorupco (actress)
>Jim Dowdall (stuntman)
>Judi Dench (actress)
>Keith Hamshere (stills photographer)
>Lindy Hemming (costume designer)
>Michael G. Wilson (executive producer)
>Michael Kitchen (actor)
>Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
>Nick Gillard (stuntman)
>Pauline Hume (end titles)
>Pavel Douglas (actor)
>Peter Lamont (production designer)
>Pierce Brosnan (James Bond)
>Remy Julienne (stuntman)
>Robbie Coltrane (actor)
>Rocky Taylor (stuntman)
>Roy Alon (stuntman)
>Samantha Bond (actress)
>Sean Bean (actor)
>Serena Gordon (actress)
>Tchéky Karyo (actor)
>Terry Cade (stuntman)
>Terry Richards (stuntman)
>Trevor Steedman (stuntman)

Text written and updated by Anders Frejdh in January 2011.
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