The one and only Bond girl

September 08, 2015


There must be something about her perfectly shaped figure that has made so many filmmakers fall for her. The History of the Motion Picture can be easily explained through the times a director has offered her a small role –being the scenes set in offices and living rooms her main area of expertise. The Queen of Elegance, she even managed to star in Casino Royale in 2006 alongside the ever-sophisticated English actor Daniel Craig.

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The Barcelona Chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, and has become an international pop culture icon. After her first paid job serving the Spanish Royalty at the opening ceremonies of the International Exposition of 1929 in Barcelona, she decided to pursue her Hollywood dreams. A Star is Born (1954) –one of her first roles– helped her become the diva she is now –a Bond girl, the ultimate action movie star challenging the likes of Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green.

Also thanks to her multi-location and omnipresence nature, she always steals the scene. Either dressed in black, brown or white leather, it doesn’t matter. There is no opportunity she fails to beautify every single film shot she is in. No words needed. Think of how different 2010 sci-fi movie Tron: Legacy’s safe house would look without her cameo. Or imagine how worse we would feel for Tom in 500 Days of Summer (2009) in that job interview scene after being dumped by his girlfriend. At least our girl was there to comfort him.

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Making their father Ludwig Mies van der Rohe proud, her little sister, the Barcelona Ottoman, has also been a star performer in American Psycho (2000), surviving the insanity of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale). Talent runs in the family. And so does their age-defying good looks. Two timeless classics: the Barcelona Chair and the Barcelona Ottoman. Simple elegance. Sexy as hell.


    Alba Mora

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