Izabella Scorupco: Throwback Thursday With ’90s First Bond Girl [PICS]

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It’s kind of weird to see Pierce Brosnan getting lots of attention lately with a spy movie, but he’s doing a good job of pushing the upcoming The November Man with a recent Reddit AMA and plenty of media appearances. But if we’re going to indulge in some retro appeal for Pierce’s spy game, then let’s also take a moment to ponder Izabella Scorupco–who helped launch Brosnan’s James Bond years with her turn in GoldenEye as one amazing Bond Girl.  [photo via...]

Izabella wouldn’t be the breakout star of 1995’s GoldenEye. That would be left to femme fatale Famke Janssen, who managed a suprisingly long career out of playing an assassin with powerful thighs. Famke managed to turn that novelty role into a long film career. Izabella Scorupco, however, managed to take advantage of GoldenEye‘s post-Cold War setting by playing a hot computer programmer named Natalya Simonova.

Her character tagged along with Bond as the sole survivor of an attack on a Russian control center, and the role was substantial enough to update the whole Bond formula for the ’90s. The striking Polish actress seemed in a really good position to take over America. The only problem was that Izabella only had one accent to go with her array of striking looks. She floundered for a while, and then got her second shot at American multiplexes in the 2000 mountain-climbing bomb Vertical Limit.

Nobody noticed when she did some fine work (alongside Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey) in the 2002 dragon movie Reign of Fire, and Izabella pretty much disappeared after showing up on a 2005 episode of Jennifer Garner’s Alias. Izabell’s managed some international appeal, though, including a recent stint hosting Sweden’s Next Top Model. And she has two foreign film productions in the can, which make for her first acting jobs in a long time. We doubt there’ll be a big Izabella Scorupco revival anytime soon–but these 35 thrilling Throwback Thursday pics should revive your own interest for this forgotten beauty…

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