Léa Seydoux to Become First True Returning Bond Girl in ‘Bond 25′
33-year-old Léa Seydoux will be making cinematic history by becoming the first repeat Bond girl in the franchise's six decade history.
Seydoux played Dr. Madeleine Swann in 2015's 'Spectre', the daughter of recurring Bond villain Mr. White. Agreeing to protect her for Mr. White, Bond ends up falling in love with Madeleine and apparently leaves MI6 in the end to be with her. Seydoux made such an impression on the cast and crew that she was specifically asked to return by Daniel Craig himself, a request director Cary Joji Fukunaga was more than happy to oblige, telling the Daily Mail,
You have some of the best actors in the world here. Why wouldn't I have the best coming back?!
This isn't the first time an actress has appeared in multiple Bond movies. Lois Maxwell, Caroline Bliss, Samantha Bond, and Naomie Harris have all played Miss Moneypenny several times, but Moneypenny has never been a "Bond Girl", a title reserved for Bond's female counter-part and/or love interest in the movie. Judy Dench also appeared as 'M' in 8 films, but again, M wasn't a "Bond Girl".
Before Seydoux, actress Maude Adams made multiple appearances in Bond films as a "Bond Girl", playing Scaramanga's girlfriend Andrea Anders in 'The Man with the Golden Gun' in 1974, the titular character in 1983's 'Octopussy', and appeared in an uncredited cameo in 'A View to a Kill' in 1985. However, Adams played a different character each time, whereas Seydoux will be reprising her previous role, a long-overdue change for a franchise notorious for its lead character's "love 'em and leave 'em" attitude.
As Bond was appearing to leave his job behind for Madeleine at the end of 'Spectre', and the firm possibility that this will be Daniel Craig's final film as 007, there's already speculation that Seydoux is being brought back to serve as the catalyst for this Bond's departure, setting up another reboot to the series.
The currently untitled 25th Bond film is set to be released in February of 2020.