James Bond’s new girlfriend in “Skyfall” is Greek! Tonia Sotiropoulou (Τόvια Σωτηροπούλου), a 24 year-old Greek actress, will portray the girlfriend of secret service agent 007 in the upcoming movie. When Sotiropoulou learned the news she shared it with her Facebook friends writing the following status update:
“Dear friends I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!!!!”
Tonia will be on location for five days in Istanbul to film the opening sequence in which Bond is smuggled into the country after being believed to be dead, according to unofficial fan site MI6-HQ.
Tonia’s biggest role to date is for film Berberian Sound Studio, a tale of a sound engineer whose work for an Italian horror studio results in terror.
Originally, she had auditioned for the major role of Sévérine in August against a lot of other contenders, but lost out to French actress Bérénice Marlohe. Her agency Back Door Management then resubmitted her for consideration after the casting director suggested they could find another role for her. She auditioned again on Friday and met with director Sam Mendes yesterday at Pinewood Studios to talk about the scene, when he told her she had landed the part.
Speaking about her succes Sotiropoulou said:
“This is the happiest day of my life so far! I feel very lucky and blessed, but basically, I am very grateful that this happened, for my family and my friends who believe in me and support trying to do. I will do the best, I am very proud because somehow it might be something that will advertise Greece and I am happy about it.”
Tonia studied acting at George Kimoulis Drama Centre in Athens before moving to London where she has continued training with renowned acting coach Giles Foreman. In her native Greece she has appeared in numerous productions including the television series ‘True Love’ and ‘Golden Girls’ and on stage in the musical ‘Trendy’ to name only a few. Since moving to London Tonia has most recently worked with acclaimed director Martha Fiennes on her project ‘The Nativity’ and in the feature film ‘Berberian Sound Studio’. Bi-lingual in Greek and English Tonia, she has an effortless beauty and a talent that is catching the eye of many directors and producers in the UK.
The 23rd James Bond film, “Skyfall”, commenced principal studio photography on 7th November 2011 for a UK release on October 26th, 2012 and the USA on November 9, 2012. MGM will produce, finance and distribute 007’s 23rd adventure in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, alongside Judi Dench as “M”, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. The cast will also include Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Wishaw. The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, England; Scotland; Shanghai, China and Istanbul, Turkey.
It will be the longest gap between Bond movies without a change in the lead role. In addition, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the EON Productions series of James Bond films.
(With information from mi6-hq.com)