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Steven Jay Rubin celebrate Sophie Marceau on her 54th birthday

By: Steven Jay Rubin
Sophie Marceau Elektra King The World Is Not Enoug
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond Movie History - wishing French actress Sophie Marceau a very happy 54th birthday.

Sophie portrayed the stunning Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999), a kidnap victim and Stockholm Syndrome survivor who has embraced her kidnapper, the dangerous Renard (Robert Carlyle). Another in the “ice princess” category of Bond girl – think Holly Goodhead in Moonraker (1979) and Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002) – Electra appears at first to appreciate James Bond’s (Pierce Brosnan) protection against oil pipeline terrorists, but it’s all a carefully planned ruse.

James Bond movies are not really known for their tender moments, but I have to admit the scene in which Elektra tries to comfort Renard, who has a bullet lodged in his brain, and cannot feel pain or pleasure, qualifies.

Eventually, Elektra shows her dark side and traps Bond in a medieval torture device, which can eventually snap his neck. It’s right out of Goldfinger (1964) laser beam inching towards James’ privates country. So let’s hoist another vodka to a terrific Bond girl who challenges 007 in every frame. Happy Birthday, Sophie.

Elektra King and James Bond chased by Renard's men in The World Is Not Enough

Incidentlally, on this day in 1995, Pierce Brosnan made his debut as Bond in GoldenEye (1995), which opened on that day.

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Editor's Note:

Steve's totally revised and updated encyclopedia is published today by Chicago Review Press. A must-read for all Bond scholars!



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