James Bond: Léa Seydoux, Dali Benssalah, Eva Green … The 10 Frenchmen of the Daniel Craig era

Since “Casino Royale”, each new James Bond mission includes French actresses and actors, in secondary or major roles. Like Léa Seydoux or Dali Benssalah, the new villain of “Mourir can wait”.

Claudine Auger, Carole Bouquet, Sophie Marceau … James Bond has regularly rubbed shoulders with, seduced or confronted French actresses over the course of his missions. However, the “Daniel Craig cycle” is illustrated by its strong French tone, a “French touch” which is embodied in each of the five films that make up this arc. Enemies, allies or great loves: discover all the Frenchies of the last five feature films of the 007 franchise, from Casino Royale (2006) to Mourir can wait (2021), in chronological order of their appearance.

Sebastien Foucan (Mollaka Danso)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

Seen in Casino Royale (2006)
Co-founder of Parkour, Sebastien Foucan lends his features to the terrorist Mollaka Danso, hunted down by James Bond during an impressive chase on a Madagascan construction site. This sequence, which helped to give a new dimension to the action of the 007 saga, is largely based on the athletic qualities of the Frenchman, who has since been converted into the World Chase Tag, the championship … of Chat!

Simon Abkarian (Alex Dimitrios)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

Seen in Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond’s investigation takes him to the Bahamas, where he finds traces of Alex Dimitrios, Mollaka’s employer and Le Chiffre’s intermediary. It is Simon Abkarian, faithful to Ariane Mnouchkine, Cédric Klapisch and Robert Guédiguian, who slips into the skin of this villain, the time in particular of a game of poker which will allow 007 to win a Aston Martin DB5.

Eva Green (Vesper Lynd)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

View in Casino Royale (2006)
Vesper Lynd or THE great love of James Bond as part of the cyle Daniel craig. A character as endearing as he is troubled whose memory haunts the secret agent throughout the five films of the arc. From their first meeting on a train to its tragic end, passing through the game of poker or a poignant shower sequence, it is Eva Green who manages to break 007’s armor and unveil her soul.

Mathieu Amalric (Dominic Greene)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

Seen in Quantum of Solace (2008) Mathieu Amalric received a very precise instruction from the park of the director Marc Forster to camp this ruthless businessman, a major member of SPECTER. “When I started to think about the character, I asked the director if I could shave my head, have a scar, a bleeding eye or something that could help me. He answered. : “No, your gaze will suffice.” This is how, by his own admission, he will be inspired by the gaze of Nicolas Sarkozy.

Olga Kurylenko (Camille Montes)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

View in Quantum of Solace (2008)
The complicated production of the feature film, during the writers’ strike, unfortunately did not really allow Olga Kurylenko to defend a complex character in the 22nd adventure of 007. The Franco-Ukrainian actress plays Camille, a member of the Bolivian secret service launched in an undercover operation near Dominic Greene to approach and take revenge on General Medrano, responsible for the murder of his family and his burns on the back.

Bérénice Marlohe (Séverine)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

Seen in Skyfall (2012) Ninth French James Bond Girl in franchise history, Bérénice Marlohe herself approached Sam Mendes and Skyfall’s casting director to take part in 007’s 23rd mission. and bewitching Séverine, a former sex slave who has since become the mistress (and property) of her “savior” Raoul Silva, she agrees to help Bond … at his expense.

Adel Bencherif (Abrika)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

Seen in 007 Specter (2015)

Revealed by A Prophet, and since confirmed in The War of the Worlds or Validated, Adel Bencherif offers himself a (very) short appearance in the 24th Leap: we see him at the SPECTER meeting table as a member of the board of administration of the organization, listening attentively to various criminal reports. A meeting attended by 007, which is interrupted when the agent is unmasked by Blofeld.

Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

View in 007 Specter (2015)
After a first “catastrophic” casting session (by her own admission), attributable to one beer too much to relieve her stress (!), Léa Seydoux was able to convince the production to entrust her with the role of Mister White’s daughter, bringing Sam mendes and its writers to modify the character and its origins. Renowned psychologist approached by Bond in his hunt for SPECTER, Madeleine Swann will turn James Bond’s life upside down …

Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

(Re) seen in Die Can Wait (2021)
… to the point of returning to the fifth and final mission of Daniel craig. She is only the third James Bond Girl in history to appear in two consecutive films, and the first female lead character to receive such treatment. The film reveals many elements of his past and present but let’s not say more, because #SpoilerMustWait !

Mathilde Bourbin (Madeleine’s mother)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Beatrice Cruveiller

View in Die Can Wait (2021)
Actress of cinema, television and theater, Mathilde Bourbin appears in the prologue of the 25th James Bond during a flashback sequence on the youth of Madeleine Swann. We discover the tragic events that the young woman related to 007 in Spectrum, but again #SpoilerMustWait.

Dali Benssalah (Primo)

James bond: léa seydoux, dali benssalah, eva green... The 10 frenchmen of the daniel craig era
Eon Productions Ltd

Seen in Die Can Wait (2021)
Presented as a “determined” and ruthless assassin but “who will change sides if necessary”, the formidable Primo is embodied by Dali Benssalah. The revelation of the Indians has put all its energy at the service of this armed wing of SPECTER. To the point of convincing the production, excited by his performance under his cybernetic eye, to flesh out his character and give him more room against James Bond, whom he faces several times during the film. #SpoilerMustWait

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