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Maryam D’Abo (BBC)

Bond girls may come and go but, once a Bond girl, they can claim the title forever. One Bond girl who knows plenty about cozying up to Agent 007 is British actress Maryam D’Abo, who starred opposite Timothy Dalton’s Bond in 1987’s The Living Daylights.

She called on that experience when she worked both behind and in front of the camera on Bond Girls Are Forever, a 2002 documentary about the dozens of talented lovelies who have appeared in Bond films since the spy series launched with Dr. No in 1962. (Ursula Andress was the Bond girl in that one).

The London-born D’Abo, 51, is now back in the news because of a new documentary that she has produced and in which she appears. Called Rupture: Living with a Broken Brain, it tells how D’Abo nearly died in 2007 after suffering a brain hemorrhage due to a burst aneurysm and tracks her road to recovery following life-saving emergency surgery.

The film debuts today (Thursday, July 12) when it airs on BBC Four in England.

“Many people say that recovery from an aneurysm is like having a layer of skin ripped off – your experience of life is more intense. I appreciate the physicality of things now, the lushness of greenery, the sight of a robin,” D’Abo said in an interview this week in The Independent.

Her documentary also features interviews with others who’ve suffered from brain injuries, including music composer and producer Quincy Jones Jr., as well as medical experts.

Making the movie was a family affair: Rupture is directed by D’Abo’s husband, Hugh Hudson, who is best known for directing Chariots of Fire.

“It’s very emotional,” Hudson said of the documentary in an interview last month with The Arts Desk web site. “It captures an emotional tone in what these people are going through and what it says about us as humans.”

As for her Bond girl documentary – really, isn’t it time we referred to the Bond ladies as women? – D’Abo is busily updating it to mark the 50th anniversary this fall of the 007 film series.

The latest Bond film, Skyfall, opens Oct. 26 in the UK and on Nov. 9 in the U.S. In it, Daniel Craig’s super spy will contend with Bond gals played by British actress Naomie Harris and French star Bérénice Marlohe.


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By Leah Rozen