With the casting of Monica Bellucci in the upcoming Bond film, Spectre, it is not only the Bond franchise that is turning 50. Replacing Honor Blackman, who was 39 when she played the role of Pussy Galore, as the oldest casted Bond girl, the 50 year old Bellucci will be Daniel Craig’s leading lady. And why not? She is sexy, svelte, and an amazingly popular actress. Paired with the 46 year old Craig, Bellucci is proving that you don’t need to be in your 20s to be drop dead gorgeous.
We may not have any hope of becoming the next Bond girl, but the casting of Bellucci in this iconic movie series proves that 50 is the new 40. Many aspects of our life and health have improved to the extent that we no longer look at 50 the way we might have one hundred years ago. Women in their 50s are completing important work, having fun, travelling, and getting cast as Bond girls.
What has changed? Was your mother at 50 fully embracing grandmother mode and looking the part? Today, women who are 50 are everything from business leaders to models. They are changing the world and look great doing it.
Part of the reason 50 is the new 40 is because we have designed our lives that way. While our mothers may have been grandmothers in their 40s, the modern generation has added careers and special interests to our daily task load, frequently putting off the addition of children a little bit longer. Therefore, we really are turning our life at 50 into something that our ancestresses may have experienced earlier.
One of the advantages to this is that we enjoy better finances than previous generations. Taking the time to work before kids or dedicating ourselves to being working moms has enabled us to have things that our mothers never had, such as spending time travelling the world and better education for our children. Instead of struggling to pay for college when we’ve barely paid off our own, we have had some years to save and invest.
Health and wellness is a major factor driving the modern youthful 50. Scientific advances, medical studies, and developments in the food industry have equipped us to make better choices that enhance our health and the quality of our lives. We continue to eat well and exercise well into our later years, making those years a joy to live rather than a pain to suffer through.
The increased emphasis on good health has also improved the way that we look. Comparing the picture of Honor Blackman at 39 when she had her Bond moment to Monica Bellucci as she prepares to have hers, many would guess that the 50 year old Bellucci was the younger. Improved health is visible on the outside, too, and keeps us looking younger. The improvements in beauty products that help us maintain our appearance are a godsend as well.
Ambition and motivation are also benefits of the increased health that we enjoy. In these years that we are free to dedicate ourselves to our own projects and passions, we continue to have the energy required to do so. In our 50s, many of us are beyond little ones but have not yet been presented with grandchildren. It is the perfect kid-free time to do the things that you have always been dreaming of doing.
All of these benefits of our modern lifestyle have made us more confident, and nothing is more effective in making us appear strong, intelligent and beautiful than this confidence that today’s women in their 50s have in abundance. We are taking on the world and wringing the most experiences from it as possible. We have put in our time and learned from our mistakes and it has made us self-assured and ready for whatever the world has to throw at us.
Bellucci’s success in gaining the role of the newest Bond girl should be great encouragement to the rest of us. After all, she initially auditioned for the part of Paris Carver in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, but she lost it to Terri Hatcher. Not to be discouraged, she tried again 17 years later, securing the part of Lucia Sciarra in Spectre. One can only suppose that, at age 33, Bellucci was not quite sexy enough yet to play a Bond girl.
Written by: Samantha Wilcoxson