Meet Monica Bellucci’s Bond Girl In This Action-Packed TV Spot for Spectre

By  · Published on June 10th, 2015

I haven’t followed enough of the Spectre official set videos to know if this is our first look at Monica Bellucci’s Bond girl. Apologies, but I’m trying to stay as virgin as is possible with this job, and that means watching the main trailers and ads that I have to post and avoiding the behind-the-scenes stuff.

It sure seems like an introduction, by way of her making acquaintance with Bond, James Bond (Daniel Craig). I guess we can be sure Bellucci’s not playing the ex-lover of 007 and mother of his daughter, as once was rumored. Unless she’s an amnesiac and they have a 50 First Dates sort of relationship going on.

Seriously, though, I think Bellucci is actually playing the widow of someone killed by Bond. Now it sounds like a The Player sort of relationship, or what looks like the start of one by that near kiss at the end of this spot. Oh, maybe you were paying more attention to the action packed into the second half, following 30 seconds of repeat from the first teaser trailer with the intro to the main villain played by Christoph Waltz.

I understand. That plane skidding down a snowy mountain looks like an awesome set piece. So does the chase scene where a car has its top torn off. And where another car is torched, seemingly via flame-throwing exhaust pipes from the car its chasing. So does the fistfight against Dave Bautista as henchman Mr. Hinx. Hell, it all looks pretty great.

Here’s a reminder of the basic plot of Spectre, which is due in theaters on November 6th:

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.