Denise Richards, 41, played Dr. Christmas Jones in 1999's The World Is Not Enough. She shares:
I'll be honest, I didn't realize how big Bond was until I was cast and it was all over the news. I'd had never seen James Bond when I screen-tested and got the movie. Seriously. After I got the part, they were so sweet, they sent us all DVD players and a huge stack of the movies. I was so honored to be part of such an iconic franchise. They're celebrating 50 years, and that's a testament to James Bond and the fact that it keeps evolving. New generations keep enjoying Bond. All of us who have been a part of it, it was such an honor.
We filmed at Pinewood Studios for six months and in Spain. We started the movie in January and we wrapped in June and it came out in November. It was such a whirlwind. As soon as I wrapped, I started to do press for it. For me that was the best experience, traveling all over the world and meeting fans of Bond. They had this icon in common. What I noticed even back then is how they all, today, they are very timeless. Each film has a modern element to it for the year it came out.
I love the tongue-in-cheek element, and in Pierce Brosnan in particular. He's so lovely and charismatic and such a class act. That comes across on-screen as well. Anytime an actor is thrown into that, the magnitude of the publicity and media is so large, it's overwhelming. It's opened a lot of doors for me.
Most of the movies I've done, I think back to where I was personally in my life. I wasn't married yet. I didn't have my kids yet. I was able to buy my parents a house and I bought my dad a truck. I had never been to Europe prior to doing James Bond. I screen-tested in the States, and my father went with me. My mom went to London with me to find an apartment.
There's not too many scientists who run around in little shorts with a tattoo. So many people made fun of how I was dressed when the movie came out. That's part of the appeal of Bond. These Bond girls are so outrageous and if I did really look like a scientist, the Bond fans would have been disappointed. The biggest part I got out of it was being part of something so iconic. I couldn't look at how big it was, though, because that would have been too much pressure. I just had to do my job.
But the bigger picture is, it was a whirlwind. When I look back at that time, I couldn't pick one moment. It was the whole picture. Today, my kids are too young to understand. It was on TV a few weeks ago and they had no interest in watching yet. So no, I'm not the coolest mom yet for being in a Bond movie. I was the coolest mom when I did an episode of Kickin' It on Disney.