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    If you still don't know who Olga Kurylenko is, apart from assuming it's just someone with a funny sounding name, chances are you'll be hearing a lot more about this green-eyed goddess over the coming weeks. Headed for silver screen immortality as the latest Bond Girl in the new flick The Quantum of Solace, Kurylenko has a lot going her way. And yes, she's only 28!
    A well-known name in the world of modelling, Kurylenko only recently made the transition from model to silver screen stunner.
    The fact that she's starred in just a handful of films before clinching for herself the vastly desirable role of a Bond girl speaks for itself and proves without doubt that while this may be the first most people will have heard of her, it certainly isn't the last.


    Photograph: Olga Kurylenko arrives for the Royal World Premiere of Quantum of Solace at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London.
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    Born in a small town in Ukraine, Kurylenko has come a long way from the sordid oppressive landscape of her homeland to the bright lights and alluring promise of Hollywood. She found her world torn apart at the tender age of three when her parents divorced, resulting in her being raised largely by her grandparents and her mother.
    Forced to move into a small apartment, Kurylenko shared a bleak childhood with cousins and relatives, no doubt dreaming and longing for a means of escape from her dreary existence.
    A short holiday in Moscow during her teenage years was what ultimately led to her unexpected change of luck, when she was discovered by a model-scouting agency who suggested that she possessed exactly what they felt was needed for a young model.
    While her mother expressed some reservations, she eventually relented and a youthful Kurylenko was on her way to fame and the proverbial good fortune that accompanies it.
    Photograph: Olga Korylenko in a scene from Quantum of Solace.
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    Fame, Fortune, and Films

    Kurylenko's entry into the fickle world of modelling did not go unnoticed and she soon found herself in demand, raking in good money for work most girls would only dream of doing. Her modelling stints in Moscow proved to be her doorway into the sensational world of modelling and fashion in Paris, where she soon found herself gracing the covers of several publications (most notably Elle and Vogue).
    France was also the stage for her foray into the even more glamorous world of cinema, where she debuted in 2005's L'Annulaire. Playing the role of a young woman who loses her ring finger in an industrial accident, Kurylenko's acting garnered much critical acclaim at the International Film Festival in 2005.
    Her promising debut was followed up by roles in movies like Paris, Je t'Aime and a role in the television mini-series Suspectes.
    Gaming fans will likely recall her eye-catching performance as the attractive Nika in the 2007 movie adaptation of classic cult game Hitman.
    A relative newcomer to film, her current role in the new James Bond movie ensures she isn't going anywhere. Kurylenko joins the ranks of other seasoned actresses who have also played the part of Bond woman in more recent years, notably Teri Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh.
    Photograph: Olga Korylenko attends the premiere of Comme Une Image (Look At Me) in Cannes.
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    Bond girls over the decade

    Kurylenko is the latest in a long line of women who have attained fame via the James Bond route. 1962's Dr No is now almost unanimously considered to have been the first film to have featured a Bond Girl with Ursula Andress playing the role of tantalizing Honey Ryder.
    Another well-known and highly amusing characteristic of nearly every Bond Girl to date is the fact that most of them were given names that were lewdly suggestive and oftentimes even obscene (remember ***** Galore from Goldfinger?
    There was also Plenty O'Toole, May Day, Xenia Onatopp, and Holly Goodhead). While providing fodder for feminists who have constantly attacked the typical 'sex object' type of roles that these women have played, it is notable that, in more recent years, most Bond Girls were usually portrayed as (and consequently seen as) strong, independent women, often with interesting and unusual skills (some were scientists, others spies).
    All in all, the total number of actresses fitting the description of Bond Girl is close to an incredible 70!
    Interestingly, most Bond Girls are later discovered as villains. Only two have actually captured James Bond's elusive heart. The first was Tracy di Vicenzo, married to Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and shot dead by the end of the film. The second was Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006), where Bond later found out she was a double agent.
    So, why isn't Bond smart enough to pick the right kind of woman? That's a question the scriptwriters alone can answer.
    Photograph: Olga Korylenko and Daniel Craig on the sets of Quanturm Of Solace in Austria.
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    Where to catch Olga

    For those who find themselves eager to catch a bit more of Olga before the new Bond film hits theatres (and it wouldn't be too presumptuous to assume that many would like to do so), a good start would be to get your hands on any of the previous films she's acted in. You can try and get a hold of the French film L'Annulaire in which she debuted as the beautiful Iris. Another good place to get a glimpse of her acting skills is in 2007's Hitman (be warned though, the movie suffered from poor reviews).
    Apart from being a critically acclaimed film, Paris, Je t'Aime is also a strongly recommended watch for Kurylenko's phenomenal performance in her role as a vampire (played opposite Elijah Wood).
    The best (and most obvious) way to catch a bit of Olga Kurylenko is online, where a single search pulls up a good number of fan sites devoted to this Ukrainian goddess.
    Finally, for those who just don't have the time, or patience, to go around looking for her older movies, the new Bond film will be out in the first week of November.
    Love her or hate her, the verdict is in. It's increasingly common knowledge that Olga Kurylenko is going to be around for a long time. We're not complaining.
    Photograph: Olga Kurylenko poses during a photocall for the Le Serpent (The Snake) in Morocco.
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