The Greeks who played in James Bond films
James Bond movies have millions of fans around the world. As the latest movie of 007 is released we amassed four Greek actors that have taken part in the famous spy movies.
In SPECTRE, the 24th Bond movie described as “a feat of pure cinematic necromancy”, 007 (Daniel Craig) and the hulking henchman Mr Hinx, David Bautista, race through the narrow, dimly lit backstreets of Rome.
“When I came over to meet Sam [Mendes], I only asked two questions. I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, ‘Yes, he’s a badass.’ I said, ‘Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligent?’ He said, ‘Very.’ That’s what I like about Mr. Hinx. He’s very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I’m not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is”
Yusef Kabira is a member of Quantum who seduces high-ranking women with valuable connections. He is mentioned in Casino Royale (2006) and is seen at the end of Quantum of Solace (2008). He was portrayed by Simon Kassianides.
Greek actress Tonia Sotiropoulou joined Daniel Craig’s James Bond in Skyfall, and was the first Greek Bond girl. She missed out on the role of Sévérine when French actress Bérénice Marlohe landed the part. 007 has finally succumbed to some Greek charm. Brief but steamy, the encounter between James Bond and his first ever Greek-born love interest in “Skyfall” reveals the quintessential British spy’s more vulnerable side, before he returns to traditional government agent action, bespoke attire and more amorous adventures.
“Daniel is nice, funny, a very normal guy, it was the most relaxed shooting experience I’ve had so far. We were laughing about the sex scene, I was kidding around saying: ‘How nice. You’ll hold me for a couple of hours” commented Sotiropoulou.
He played the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). An evil genius with aspirations of world domination, he is the archenemy of the British Secret Service agent James Bond. Blofeld is head of the global criminal organisation SPECTRE and is commonly referred to as Number 1, an official numerical position given to members of SPECTRE.
Telly Savalas was born as Aristotelis Savalas on January 21, 1922, in Garden City, New York, to Greek American parents Christina (Kapsalis), a New York City artist who was a native of Sparta, and Nick Savalas, a Greek restaurant owner