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Bond girl: Madeleine Swann

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Bond girl: Madeleine Swann
007 Film: “SPECTRE” (2015)

ActressLéa Seydoux


Bond connection:

Swann was born to Mr. White and his now divorced wife. In her youth she became aware of her father’s criminal dealings and grew to resent him. One night a man came to their house to kill White. Madeleine, knowing her father kept a pistol hidden in a cupboard got the gun and killed the intruder. As a result, Madeleine developed a disliking of guns. 


At some point, she estranged herself from her father. She received her medical training from Oxford University and the Sorbonne.

Years later, after Bond travelled to Austria to find Mr. White, White tells Bond to find Madeleine who will take him to L’Américain, which will in turn lead him to the people he is after. Bond finds her at the clinic where she works, but she is captured by Mr. Hinx first. Bond gives chase to the kidnappers, and their three cars crash. The two then make their escape.

The pair then meet with Q, who reveals that Marco Sciarra’s ring contains trace elements linking Franz Oberhauser, the leader of the organisation, and Bond’s three previous missions. Swann then informs them about the name SPECTRE, and that L’Américain is a hotel in Morocco.

Bond and Swann travel to the hotel and stay in the suite her father used to stay in every year. Bond discovers White had built a secret room full of videotapes, charts and photographs, as well as maps and co-ordinates of where they go next. They travel to the nearest point a train will go, but are again attacked on the train by Mr Hinx. Bond fights with him and Swann shoots several rounds from Bond’s gun at Hinx. They all miss, but it gives Bond time to throw Hinx off the train.

At the station, the two are transported to a facility in the desert, where they are met by Oberhauser, the son of Hannes Oberhauser, the man who looked after the younger Bond when he had just been orphaned. While torturing Bond with a drill, Oberhauser also informs him that Max Denbigh is part of SPECTRE, and he feeds all the intelligence data straight to the criminal organisation. Oberhauser then reveals to Bond that he now goes by the name Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He changed his name to one from his mother’s bloodline after faking his death 20 years ago. Bond and Swann escape with the help of Bond’s exploding watch, destroying the facility in the process.

Back in London, Bond and Swann meet M, Tanner, Q and Moneypenny, and they travel to arrest Denbigh and stop the launch of the Nine Eyes program. Swann tells Bond she does not wish to assist and they part ways. She is captured by Blofeld’s men and taken to the old MI6 building, derelict since the attack by Raoul Silva.

Bond arrives at the former HQ and sees Blofeld, who was scarred in the explosion earlier, who tells him the building is rigged to explode in three minutes and that Swann is hidden somewhere within it. Bond finds her and the couple escapes by boat out onto the Thames. They chase Blofeld’s helicopter and shoot it down. The helicopter crashes and Bond leaves Blofeld to be arrested by M and leaves with Madeleine.

The next day Bond retrieves his old Aston Martin DB5 from Q and drives off with Madeleine. 


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