'Cigar Girl' (Maria Grazia Cucinotta)
'Cigar Girl' played by Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Born in Messina, Sicily, Italy on 27th July 1969
Starred In The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Whilst Bond is discussing matters with Mr Lachaise, the 'Cigar Girl' offers Bond a cigar, and then hands him a statement concerning Sir Robert King’s money. Just as Bond is about to get the information he needs out of Mr Lachaise, she murderers him and escapes.
After the lapel transmitter has detonated inside MI6, Bond spots the Cigar Girl waiting aboard her Sunseeker on the Thames through a hole in the wall. After being shot at, Bond steals the Q-Boat and makes pursuit. The Cigar Girl throws everything she has at Bond - she uses a machine gun, grenade launcher and her driving skill to stop and evade him. She manages to escape eventually, but with the help of the Q-Boat, Bond plots an intercept course briefly through the streets of London, ending up back in the Thames outside the Millennium Dome.
After stealing a hot-air balloon, Bond manages to use the Q-Boat to grab one of the ropes dangling from the balloon. The Cigar Girl is reluctant to tell Bond who she's working for, and rather commits suicide by igniting one of the balloons gas containers forcing Bond to let go of the rope.
While Bond fails to learn who the Cigar Girl is working for, it is later revealed that she is employed by Renard to keep an eye on Mr Lachaise.
Extremely seductive and sexy, the Cigar Girl is a stunning femme fatale. She is very experienced in handling and firing different types of weaponry, and does so throughout the chase down the Thames. Sadly due to her limited on-screen time, little else is learnt about the character.
While simply named as 'Cigar Girl' in the closing credits, in the novel adaptation of The World Is Not Enough, the author Raymond Benson gives her the name Giulietta da Vinci. §