Denise Richards Thinks Erika Girardi Should Be the Next Bond Girl: 'She's Tough, She's Sassy'
Denise Richards thinks Erika Girardi should be the next Bond girl.
49-year-old Richards wanted Girardi, 48, for the iconic role he said during an appearance on PeopleTV's Couch Surfing: "She's tough."
"It's funny. I'll tell her about it on my show. I actually think Erika Jayne would be an amazing Bond girl," Richards said of Girardi, who used her stage name to host Lola Ogunnaike.
"She's tough, she's cheeky, she'd be glamorous," Richards continued.
And considering that Girardi has a successful music career, Richards added: "She could sing her own theme song."
The latest James Bond film, No Time to Die - the 25th franchise film from 007 - will be premiered in November 2020. The project will be Daniel Craigs' last bond.
Richards also opened her own time as a bond girl while couch surfing, explaining that she didn't even know how big the role really was. Richards played the bond girl Dr. Christmas Jones in the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough.
"I auditioned and then went to London to do a screen test. I think I did a screen test on Thanksgiving. My father came along because I was so sad to be missing Thanksgiving with my family when I was occupied, "Richards recalled.
"It was on the news and I thought 'why is such a big deal?'" Richards continued. "My friend said, 'Do you know you're in James Bond?' I say 'yes, I'm so excited, it's a great movie' and he said 'no'. "
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Richards said she "later" found out how important the role was.
Richards also spoke about her role in Saved by the Bell, especially her scene from an episode of the 1991 NBC sitcom in which she played a girl pretending to drown so that the heartbreaker A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) can be saved.
Richards, who laughed when the clip played, admitted to Ogunnaike that turning the scene was nerve-wracking.
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"You know, it's very discouraging to do a show with actors who have been working together for a long time and have only a few lines," she said. "It's my second acting job in my whole life, and I have to get into a bikini and go into the sea and pretend I'm drowning and let it take me in front of all these people. I was so embarrassed!"
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"They say you should never work with children and animals - should we add waves to this list?" Ogunnaike quipped.
"You should add the ocean to it," said Richards. "Unless it's with Mario Lopez, of course."
Thirty years later, Richards is no stranger to the big or small screen. Her best-known roles include Carmen Ibanez in the 1997 Starship Troopers film and Kelly Van Ryan in the 1998 Wild Things film.
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