Olga Kurylenko’s career takes a Quantum leap.
She's got a name like a SMERSH spy and a face - dark hair, pale skin, green eyes - that could melt Rosa Klebb's shoe knives. There's clearly something dangerous about Olga Kurylenko, the latest Bond girl.
European media have called her a man-eater, which probably has more to do with her two failed marriages than her onscreen roles. Either way, it's easy to imagine Kurylenko breaking hearts - and balls.
"She's a girl who has a total mystery about her," says 007 himself, Daniel Craig, during a press stop in Toronto. And that's appropriate for Quantum Of Solace's Camille, a Bolivian sharpshooter on a mission of revenge that parallels Bond's, leading the two to join forces.
"She's like a female Bond, with her own story," says Kurylenko in slightly Russian-accented English.
"She is so concentrated on her mission that she doesn't need anybody, and she's actually pretty upset when Bond comes along and interferes with her plans. In that sense, she is like his reflection."
According to director Marc Forster, Kurylenko is a "good mirror image to Daniel Craig." ]
Don't believe it? Check out the Quantum movie poster. It shows Kurylenko and Craig posing alongside each other like a pair of Tom Ford models. Outside of Halle Berry, has a Bond girl ever been given near-equal billing?
The Ukrainian-born former Vogue model, who turns 29 the day Quantum hits theatres, is trying to make the transition to full-time actor.
She's starred in the video game adaptations Hitman and Max Payne, but nothing compares to Quantum.
"I auditioned several times over a three-month period and didn't even tell my friends I was up for the role," says Kurylenko of the secrecy that has surrounded the movie.
"Then they called me on December 24, while I was eating Christmas dinner, and told me I got the part. Five days later I was on a plane."
While Kurylenko felt like a fish out of water alongside Craig, who was almost as banged-up and bruised by the film's intense action scenes as Bond was, she loved every bone-jarring moment.
"Learning to fight, shoot guns, skydive - it was amazing," she says. "Not many Bond girls get to have that much fun. Most of them just have to look good in a bikini or a dress and try not to smear their lipstick."
Only time will tell if Kurylenko will live on in fanboy fantasies the way Ursula Andress and Honor Blackman have.
"‘Only time will tell,'" says Kurylenko, mulling it over. "That would make a good Bond title."