Bond girls have become quintessential sex symbols ever since Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in a white bikini in the first film Dr NO back in 1962. If that’s a tag you fancy, a grueling diet and fitness regime wait in the curtains. Here’s a sneak peek into how Monica Belluci and Léa Seydoux became Bond-worthy for Spectre—the latest 007 flick slated for a 2015 release.
In Spectre, the 29-year-old Seydoux plays Madeleine Swann, a femme fatale said to be equal to the 007 agent in all aspects.
Fitness Routine: Don’t be fooled by Seydoux’s lithe form; she has the physique of an Olympic gymnast. Her routine includes running every day, and doing squats, leg extensions and standing calf raises. Swimming is also an important part of her routine; an hour of swimming burns approximately 500 to 750 calories. Swimming is a great cardiovascular workout as it provides resistance training because of the water.
The Diet: Rice bran is an integral part of her food plan, as it not only strengthens the immune system, but also improves workout performance and works as an antioxidant in the body. Shrimp salads are also part of her diet; shrimp may be high in cholesterol, but it’s also high in protein, vitamins D and B3, and zinc, while being low in fat. Unsalted nuts and pecorino are among the things she snacks on when she’s hungry. For larger meals, small portions of fish or meat are on the plate.
In Bond 24, Spectre, she plays temptress Lucia Sciara, making history as the oldest (sexiest and fittest!), Bond girl ever, at age 50.
Fitness Routine: With more curves than the letter S, Bellucci’s body is proof that you can have a stunning figure at any age, with the right diet and exercise, of course. Swimming four days a week for 45 minutes each is at the top of her list. An hour of jogging, yoga and meditation are among other forms of fitness that Belluci swears by.
The Diet: According to Bellucci, drinking a lot of water throughout the day keeps her skin clean and hydrated. Whenever she needs to lose weight for a role, she sticks to meat, fish and vegetables, which she combines with portion control diets. This way, she can eat what she likes without adding extra calories.
As you wait in anticipation for the new Bond flick’s official release, why not be inspired to make it to the cinemas at your fittest best yourself? Dare to take the challenge?