007 Visits the Troops

Some celebrities find time in their schedule to come visit the troops, wherever we may be. Daniel Craig, fresh off his success in the latest James Bond flick, visited my old stomping air. I would write stomping grounds,  but we were always at a high elevation when we flew over Camp Bastion in Helmand Province:

007, Daniel Craig, visits Camp Bastion to meet soldiers, introduce new James Bond film Skyfall

Mr. Craig recently got his American driving license. Remember, we drive on the right side.

Very Greek: Tonia Sotiropoulou

I took a semester of Greek in college and bumbled my way through the Alphas and the Betas*. It is a great language filled with root words that I recognize from prior meetings. When I saw the name of the new Bond girl, Tonia Sotiropoulou, I used my previous Greek training (do not try this at home) to ferret out that she was indeed, Greek.

Very Greek: Tonia Sotiropoulou

It’s the role every female actress wants, and Naomie Harris nailed it.

But it seems the Pirates Of The Caribbean actress will have some competition on her hands, as Skyfall introduces a new Bond girl.

Director Sam Mendes has cast Greek beauty Tonia Sotiropoulou alongside Daniel Craig, with the unknown actress bound to rocket to A-list status.

Tonia revealed on her Facebook page: ‘Dear friends. I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!!!!’

Ha ha, bitches? That does not sound very Greek of her. Τόνια Σωτηροπούλου, allow me to translate:

Αγαπητοί φίλοι. Μου ανακοινώσουν επίσημα πήρα μέρος σε J. Bond ταινία νέα! Η Τουρκία εδώ έρχομαι! Σας ευχαριστώ όλους για u αγαπάς και υποστήριξη! Αυτό είναιεπίσημα η πιο ευτυχισμένη μέρα της ζωής μου σκύλες!

The Bond film, Skyfall, appears to be an interesting romp. Some intel:

Production on “Skyfall” began in October 2011. Filming is being done in Turkey as well as Scotland, England and Shanghai, China, where the first still image from the film was shot. It shows Craig as James Bond, holding a pistol.

“Skyfall” hits theaters on October 26 in the United Kingdom and November 9 in the United States. It also features another new female character, the gun-toting field agent Eve, played by Naomie Harris. The actress is known for her role as Tia Dalma in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. She said her Bond character thinks of herself as the spy’s “equal.”

Daniel Craig sandwiched between Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris

In the film, Bond’s loyalty to Judi Dench’s character, M, head of MI6, is tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator. Also, in at least one scene, he will ”swap his trademark martini” for a sip of Heineken beer, according to a recent report by Advertising Age.

Heineken? Are you kidding? Instead of shaken, not stirred will it be chilled, no lemon?

* I got a lot of mileage out the joke, as do all Greek students, that the language is all Greek to me!