Maryam D’Abo

Bond Girls by Ajay Singh, 24 February 2011

Maryam D’Abo

Maryam D’Abo

Delicate artist with the hands of an angel and the fire of the vengeful.

Kara Milovy is cellist posing as a KGB sniper, who Bond is sent to kill. But he sees through the sham and settles for shooting the rifle out of her hand before rescuing her from the KGB. Once he has convinced her that her lover, Koskov is a traitor to both Britain and theUSSR, she becomes Bond’s firm ally stopping at nothing to help him on his mission. Once Koskov has been defeated, she returns to her original dream of being a Cellist and Bond comes to give her his personal congratulations. And probably something else.

British born Maryam d’Abo was the product of a Dutch father and Russian mother and was raised in Geneva and Paris. Born in 1960, by the time she had reached the age of 11 her family had returned to London and later, she studied drama while working as a model.

Maryam D’Abo

Maryam D’Abo

She made her first film, appearance in low budget horror flick “Xtro” in 1983 which although she thought of it as being a terrible movie (it is) opened up further film work, never in starring roles but she managed to make consistent appearances through the first half of the decade. In 1984, d’Abo auditioned for the role of Pola Ivanova in “A View To A Kill” and Barbara Broccoli admired her talent and invited her back to an audition for the following Bond picture, this time starring Timothy Dalton.

So in 1987, she took the role of Kara Milovy opposite Timothy Dalton’s debut as Bond, her favourite role and one with more depth than the usual Bond Girl, fitting with Dalton’s more sober and thoughtful interpretation. She gave an excellent performance and was well received, making her a worldwide star for a while.

I was worried in the sense of getting so exposed that your terrified of being judged and if your not used to being exposed it’s quite a thing to get used to. Certainly in Bond you get an exposure which is unlike any other film. The filming itself was fabulous. Working with the crew, cast and producers was really, really great – and all the locations.

She has continued acting, appearing famously as a pretentious artist in “Leon the pig farmer” In 2006, she suffered from a brain haemorrhage during a workout but recovered after surgery. It inspired her to meet other people who had similar experiences. In 2009, she worked on a documentary on this topic.

I went completely deaf, and then what felt like an electric thunderstorm exploded in my head. I fell off the machine screaming with pain. Excruciating, sharp strikes of lightning zapped my brain – it lasted five minutes but felt like an eternity. It was the worst headache of my life but somehow I staggered to the main house, screaming for help.

While some Bond Girls want to turn their back completely on their experience, D’Abo is the polar opposite as in 2002 she co wrote a book and documentary called “Bond Girls are Forever”

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