When it comes to deciding which Bong girl is at the top of her game it’s not an easy choice. But certainly the clever, intelligent and stunning Vesper Lynd comes to mind.
Appearing as James Bond’s romantic interest in the first Bond novel Casino Royale, the character was portrayed on screen in the 1967 satirical film version of the book by Ursula Andress. Forty years later, the role was reprised by French actress Eva Green.
But did you know that the fictional Vesper Lynd was based on a real secret agent?
Her name was Krystyna Skarbek and she was a Polish Special Operations Executive working for British Intelligence. Her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions against the Nazis made her a star in the eyes of both Winston Churchill and Bond author Ian Fleming with whom she became friends while they both worked for MI6.
It’s a fascinating story with a tragic ending.
If you’re not familiar with the Cosmopolitan Review then you should definitely check it out. The online magazine is published by the alumni of Poland in the Rockies – a biennial symposium in Polish studies held at Canmore, Alberta – and it regularly features extremely insightful articles about all “things Polish.”
The story of Krystyna Skarbek is on its way to the big screen. Director Agnieszka Holland, famous for her 1990 masterpiece Europa Europa and more recently her directing of HBO’s hit The Wire, is apparently working on a biopic of the Polish femme fatale called Christine: War My Love. Kate Winslet is rumored to play the lead.