‘James Bond’ Star Jane Seymour Reflects on Starring In the Franchise

by Samantha Whidden

She starred alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond film ‘Live and Let Die,’ and now Jane Seymour is opening up about a part of the iconic spy film franchise.

“They were looking for a virgin,” Jane Seymour said when came to her becoming a James Bond female star. “That was the character. And there were not very many in England at that time. It was the 70s. And I think I was close as they could find. And I was 20 when they hired me. 22 when [the film] came out. But I was very innocent at 20. I got this role out of nowhere and never went up for it. 

Jane Seymour also recalled how she thought she wasn’t going to star in the James Bond film because she was unavailable to film at that time. “I was starring in a series on television at the time. I wasn’t available at all. In fact, my agent said, ‘She can’t do it.’ So when I went to meet them, I went to meet them knowing I wasn’t going to do it. And they just immediately offered me the role on the spot. No audition. Nothing.”

The “James Bond” bosses wanted Jane Seymour to star in “Live and Let Die” so badly that they were willing to ignore the accident she caused after their meeting. “When I left Harry Saltzman’s office, have been told that they wanted me to do this and they were going to do [whatever they can], I was driving a Volkswagen Beetle and I accidentally backed it into his Rolls‑Royce. And he didn’t say a word. Nothing. He wanted me that much even though I scraped his Rolls‑Royce.”

Jane Seymour Admits that James Bond’s ‘Live and Let Die’ Would Not Be Made Today 

Yahoo! reports that during her interview with the Guardian, Jane Seymour said that she doesn’t believe James Bond’s “Live and Let Die” wouldn’t be mad today. She noted that the racism and sexism featured in the 1973 film would have not been successful in modern-day times. 

“You wouldn’t want to amen that movie,” Jane Seymour declared. “I was a woman, a virgin, who ran three paces behind a man with a gun, wearing very… well, actually for a Bond girl, a lot. I was deflowered and then deposited. I’d lost all my power. So I was useless. It was awful!”

Jane Seymour also accused the James Bond bosses of knowing she was completely out of her comfort zone and she was there on her own without anyone. She described the experience as being quite frightening. “Before I even started, I had Terry O’Neill taking these crazy beautiful photographs of me with very little on and doing an interview about how I liked to run naked through long grass.”

Despite embracing the James Bond girl title, Jane Seymour now knows the role cost her subsequent work. “At the time, coming from obscurity, it was a very nice thing. It meant I had a job.”