Saturday, 28 February 2015

Bond girl: Melina Havelock

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Bond girl: Melina Havelock
007 Film: For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Actress: Carole Bouquet

Bond connectionMelina Havelock is half Greek, half British. She is the only daughter of Iona and Sir Timothy Havelock, two operatives working for the British Secret Service. Their mission takes them to the coast of Albania and Greece to look for a sunken British spy ship that holds a piece of equipment known as ATAC (Automatic Targeting and Attack Communicator). Melina comes to visit them and is witness to their brutal assassination by Hector Gonzales, a Cuban hitman.

Swearing revenge, Melina tracks Gonzales down to a villa outside of Madrid with the help of a private detective agency. There, she assassinates Gonzales by shooting him with a crossbow as he is diving into his swimming pool, but is only able to escape (in her Citroën 2CV hire car) with the help of James Bond, who was also there to investigate Havelock's murder. Having seen a man (Emile Locque) paying Gonzales, she vows her quest for vengeance must go on, though Bond tries to warn her off.

Melina finds trouble again in Cortina d'Ampezzo, when she was tricked into meeting Bond. Bond convinced her to go back to Greece and let him investigate. She agrees to do so, but not for long. Later they both team up to locate the British spy ship, recover the ATAC, and eliminate Aristotle Kristatos, who had previously employed Gonzales to kill the Havelocks for him. Bond and Melina are aided in their mission by Milos Columbo, a Greek smuggler who was set up by Kristatos because he knew too much about Kristatos' KGB leanings. After finally catching Kristatos, Melina insists on killing him, but Bond tries to stop her, telling her that she would be no better than Kristatos if she killed him. The decision proved irrelevant however, as Kristatos was knifed to death by Columbo while reaching for a concealed knife. After that, Bond and Melina are back on the Havelock's family boat where Melina says she would like a moonlight swim. Bond drops Melina's robe and she drops Bond's robe, and they go skinny dipping together.


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