Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ka's a Star in New Bond Film

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ka's a Star in New Bond Film

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Byline: Jeremy Hart

AS evolutions go, that of the Bond girl has been a gradual one. But in the last 40 years, since a bikini-clad Honey Rider emerged from the sea in Dr No, the Bond girl has become the Bond Woman - independent, defiant and an icon of feminine strength, gracing the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan, rather than Playboy.

The pivotal moment for the change came in 1995 with the release of Goldeneye. When Xenia Onatopp flashed a challenging smile as she roared past Bond in her red Ferrari 355, she simultaneously waved goodbye to the Bond girl of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and went on to win the race.

Until this point the relationship between two of the most iconic things in James Bond's world - cars and women - had been kept almost entirely separate.

Jill Masterson's sister, Tilly, made a fleeting appearance in a Mustang in Goldf inger. And there was the scene in For Your Eyes Only, when Roger Moore's Lotus self-destructs so he has to resort to his girl of the moment, Melina Havelock's, Citroen 2CV to make their escape.

But this scene typifies how women and cars were seen in the 1970s and 80s. The chase begins with Melina at the wheel but a minute in and she crashes, so Bond has to take over.

The latest Bond woman, Camille, is played by Olga Kurylenko, the Ukranian supermodel turned actress making her Bond debut in the 22nd instalment of the 007 series, Quantum of Solace. In the film, her car plays a starring role too.

I visited the Quantum of Solace set in Panama to see Olga's car, the new Ford Ka which will go on sale next year.

When the film was shot in the summer, the Bond Ka was just one of three prototypes in existence.

The Ford Ka typifies the way cars are going now, even in the rarefied world of 007. Less MPH and more MPG. But Bond films have always been one step ahead so it's no surprise, in this day and age, that Olga's car of choice is hydrogen powered.

'Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric' logos are splashed across the Ka's bonnet and boot. …

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