Natalya Simonova

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Natalya Simonova
Character from the James Bond series
Natalya Simonova by Izabella Scorupco1.jpg
Affiliation Russian Space Forces
Portrayed by Izabella Scorupco, Kirsty Mitchell (2010 video game)
Role Bond girl

Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova (Russian: Наталья Фёдоровна Симонова) is a fictional character and the main Bond girl in the James Bond film GoldenEye, played by actress Izabella Scorupco.

Biography[edit]

Natalya Simonova works as a Level 2 programmer at the Severnaya facility of the Russian Space Forces, on work involving missile guidance systems. When the treasonous General Ouromov and Xenia Onatopp attack the station with a stolen Tiger helicopter, she is left the only survivor besides Boris Grishenko, who had allied himself with Ourumov and Alec Trevelyan, the plan's mastermind.

She attempts to find Boris, whom she believes to be innocent; he meets her in a cathedral and turns her over to Onatopp.

Simonova and Bond, who have both been captured by Trevelyan, are trapped in the stolen Tiger helicopter. The helicopter fires missiles at itself, but Bond is able to eject the two, who are subsequently arrested by the Russian government.

Ourumov sets Bond free to clear his own name of murder; Bond escapes, but loses Natalya in the process. He then rescues her from Ourumov and Trevelyan, and they become lovers. The two then follow Trevelyan to Cuba.

Finally, the two assault Trevelyan's satellite base, where Natalya is able to prevent the rogue satellite Mischa from sending an electromagnetic pulse to destroy London. Natalya breaks into the computer room and resets the satellite's course to cause a burn up over the Atlantic Ocean. She destroys the GoldenEye satellite and commandeers a helicopter to pick up Bond and herself by using the gun Bond gave her. Natalya saves Bond right after he defeats Trevelyan. She and Bond leave in the helicopter and get dropped off a distance away. Jack Wade was waiting for the two. He picks them up in the helicopter, ending the movie. In an early draft of the script for Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond mentioned to Wade that Natalya married a hockey player, a reference to Izabella Scorupco's real life marriage to Polish hockey player Mariusz Czerkawski.

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Reception[edit]

IGN ranked Natalya as the 7th best Bond girl saying "she was exactly what the franchise needed to get back on top after a lengthy time away from the big screen".[1] All Women Stalk rank her as the 25th sexiest Bond girl.[2]

When addressing the video game version of Natalya, Cracked.com rated her 10th on their The 15 Most Annoying Video Game Characters (From Otherwise Great Games)[3] stating: "If James Bond is licensed to kill, Natalya must be licensed to die. She, like the aforementioned Ashley Graham, was born with a rare genetic disorder that disables her instinct for self-preservation."

References[edit]

  1. ^ var authorId = "" by Dave Zdyrko. "Top 10 Bond Babes - Stars Feature at IGN". Stars.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ "25. Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova - The 26 Sexiest Bond Girls…". All Women Stalk. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ Wong, David (2008-02-19). "The 15 Most Annoying Video Game Characters (From Otherwise Great Games)". Cracked.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 

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