Bond girl Lizzie enjoys 007 return
November 1, 2002 09:17
WHEN 007 returns from exile in the forthcoming Die Another Day, East Anglia's own Bond girl welcomes him home.
Lizzie Cundy, wife of former Ipswich Town star Jason Cundy, screams as she catches sight of the world's favourite spy in a Hong Kong hotel lobby.
No wonder. In the scene, our beloved Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, is wet and bedraggled in see-through pyjamas with thick, matted hair and a dirty beard.
Of course we can forgive him. He has, after all, just returned from a high-speed hovercraft chase through a minefield between North and South Korea.
Have no fear girls - he still looks just as dashing in a beard - affirms Lizzie, who has appeared as a body double for many image-conscious Bond girls in the past.
She is quite a fan of the latest actor to accept the 007 mantle.
“He makes filming a lot of fun,” she said.
“He's just a very normal, nice guy. Some of them (celebrities) think they are it and aren't very approachable. You would never know he's such a big star.”
Whilst most of us can only dream of a Bond girl body, Lizzie's assets - her long legs and super-svelte figure - make for a physique to beat those of even the superstars. Lizzie's has been a body-double for Isabella Scorupco, in Goldeneye, a pregnant Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Entrapment.
Lizzie, 33, who has been modelling since she was a teenager, posed next to Brosnan in an Aston Martin as Isabella Scorupco's legs for Goldeneye.
Throughout the whole take, Bond has his hand on “Isabella's” thigh - but Lizzie didn't mind a bit. It is a perk of the job.
She said: “Isabella didn't like the look of her legs. They seemed perfect to me but many actresses are very critical about the way they look. They get funny if they don't look 100%.”
Lizzie, who is extremely modest and matter-of-fact about her eminently desirable job, has also stood in for more intimate scenes. She was called on set for a clinch between Bond and Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies as Teri Hatcher's bump ruled out tummy shots.
The whole of Lizzie, for once, appears in the hotel scene in the 20th Bond adventure, shot at Pinewood studios.
“Pierce bumps into me and I have to scream and give him a look. He looks like Grizzly Adams but he's still handsome,” she said.
“It took forever to film as he had to be sprayed down each time to look wet. You could see right through his pyjamas. We had a giggle filming it.”
She added that the dashing 49-year-old Irish actor, in his fourth incarnation as 007, may still do another Bond before he retires from the role.
Lizzie admits to hankering after a bigger role, although has very much enjoyed her “bit” parts. She got her big break after signing up with London Agent Ray Knight and is now a favourite of five times Bond producer Gerry Gavagon.
Although Lizzie has not seen the whole film yet, the word behind the scenes is that it is the best Bond yet and very much inkeeping with Ian Fleming's magic formula.
Unfortunately, Lizzie will not be going to the Royal premiere of the MGM and EON Production film on November 18 in London. She will stay at home in Hampshire to be with Jason, who is undergoing radiotherapy treatment for testicular cancer and their two boys, football-mad James, two and Josh, already a budding actor aged just eight.
The film will be released in the UK on November 22, but Ipswich UGC cinema has been chosen to host the regional premiere of the film on November 19.
It is being organised to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and will be attended by the Bickers Action stunt team, from Coddenham, which has created stunts for the Bond films for 20 years.
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