This is historic: Bond Girl up for BAFTA

Eva Green has been nominated for a BAFTA.

New Bond girl Eva Green has been nominated for the Orange Rising Star Award at this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. The French beauty, who stars opposite Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, has been shortlisted for the coveted prize along with Ben Whishaw (Perfume), Cillian Murphy (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Naomie Harris (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada). The award is given annually to a young actor or actress who has shown exceptional on-screen talent and the winner will be announced at the 2007 Bafta Awards, which takes place on February 11. Last year The Last King Of Scotland star James McAvoy picked up the prize.

Pretty damn eventful. No Bond girl has ever been nominated for a major award before in association with a Bond film.

Okay, I exaggerate. I guess that the “major” awards are the Oscars, the BAFTAs, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes. There have been exactly three occasions when a Bond actor has been nominated for a Golden Globe:

So, the Golden Globes have acknowledged Bond, but the “classier” awards haven’t. (And can we notice that the Golden Globes turn out not to be very good at recognizing “promise”? Yeah. Noticeable. Probably why they stopped giving that award back in the ’80s.)

Anyway, this is still a big first for the Bond world. It’s not exactly an award for Casino Royale, because it recognizes the talent of a “rising star,” not the film per se. But of course, Green would no way have been recognized in 2006 without James Bond.

The Orange Rising Star Award is voted on by the public. You can vote for Eva Green here.


3 Responses to “This is historic: Bond Girl up for BAFTA”

  1. UNCLEagent Says:

    Vesper was so much more than a Bond girl you could drool over. She really touches you. I loved her self-appreciating look as she sees Bond trying on her choice of suits for him. Nice.

    Seeing as this was a real Bond love story, it was no small feat for an actress to pull this off. Damn right she deserves recognition.

  2. Deborah Lipp Says:

    And there were so many casting mistakes they could have made!

  3. UNCLEagent Says:

    Yeah – but it is sooo hard to hate Denise Richards.

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