Wednesday, April 15, 2015

‘James, take me around the world one more time’…..Day 105 of Bond 365

Lois Chiles
Born this day in 1947
Dr. Holly Goodhead in Moonraker

Lois Chiles hails from Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin and Finch College (NYC). She became a top model during the 1970s, which is around the time she started acting. Her first acting credit was in 1972 as Shelley in Together for Days, but her big break came the following year when she starred as Robert Redford’s on-screen love interest in The Way We Were. 

Interestingly, Lewis Gilbert originally chose Chiles for the role of Agent Triple X or Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me, however Barbara Bach ultimately filled the role, which I think was the much better choice. Gilbert once again tapped Chiles to be Bond Girl Dr. Holly Goodhead in Moonraker and this time, she accepted.

I have seen a few of the movies listed on Chiles’ filmography, but I don’t remember her performances. So, based on that admission, I thought Chiles was miscast as Goodhead. Revisiting a latter scene in Moonraker in which she and James Bond (Roger Moore) are chasing/destroying the probes, she is deadpan to the point of being monotone with her line delivery. In the earlier scenes at her lab, the deadpan delivery works for the location (sterile lab environment) and distance (she had just met Bond, so he was a stranger to her), but by the end of the film, one would think that the life/death situation would have spurred her emotions a bit. I think maybe it was not a role she was comfortable with at the end of the day.

Chiles had several more acting credits after her Bond film. She did quite a few guest appearances on popular television shows over the intervening years. In 2005, she fought breast cancer and it looks as though her last acting role was in the 2006 Kettle of Fish.

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