Berenice Marlohe: Dame Shirley is my Bond inspiration

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Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall is the 23rd James Bond film. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as the main character/action hero while Javier Bardem stars as the film's villain, Raoul Silva. The plot line follows as James Bond's loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself.
October 17th, 2012

New Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe says her main inspiration for the role was Dame Shirley Bassey.

The French actress - who takes on the coveted role in new 007 movie 'Skyfall' - is a huge fan of the 'Diamonds Are Forever' singer and used her to base her alter-ego Severine on.

She said: ''Shirley is the incarnation of a Bond girl.

''She gives me the sense of a sexy, powerful woman and so I took a lot of my inspiration from her. She is so great and her voice - my God.''

Berenice, 33, stars alongside Daniel Craig in the movie and recently admitted she thought the hunky actor was ''boring'' before she met him on set but now regards him as ''sexy'' and ''attractive''.

She said: ''What you read in the magazines is very boring, because that can come across as one-dimensional. Personality and what you have to say for yourself in reality is what's important. So when I finally got to meet him (Craig), he had such a beautiful nature, very grounded, a very nice personality and a fantastic sense of humour.

''He's truly a great person. All of those things are what makes someone sexy or attractive.''