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Girl who can’t stop talking about 007’s secrets

Peter Bradshaw— ©Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2008

Poor Gemma Arterton. This refreshingly honest actor — who cheerfully describes herself as a “motormouth” — has been cast in the upcoming Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, and she has been chatting merrily away to the press about what happens in it.

Apparently she is an MI6 babe who has to keep Daniel Craig’s 007 under control “in Bolivia,” the villains are after “a lot of oil,” she “sort of comes to a sticky end,” and her death scene is a “homage to something iconic.” By mentioning Diana Rigg elsewhere, she appears to hint that this might mean the way Rigg, newly married to George Lazenby’s Bond, expired in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Yikes. You can get into trouble for that sort of thing. Arterton has clearly never heard the name Tyler Nelson. Nelson was the 24-year-old ballet dancer cast in a tiny role as a “dancing Russian soldier” in the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Tyler excitedly shot his mouth off to his local Oklahoma paper about all the top secret things in the script. Spielberg was furious and cut Nelson out of the film, prompting the director’s spokesman, Marvin Levy, to announce: “Who knows whether that particular person will ever work in this town again?”

Movie producers are fanatically secretive about their latest opus. Actors are wheeled out at press junkets to mouth meaningless banalities, and God help them if they reveal that there is a car chase or a helicopter crash in the new Bond film. These days, it is all about maximising the impact for the opening box office weekend. The thrills and spills have to be kept under wraps.

Perhaps Arterton needs to have a special PR to kick her under the table during interviews. — ©Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2008

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