Vesper Lynd is the only Bond girl to date to have made 007 fall in love with her, and actress Eva Green played the role with a bewitching sultriness that seems impossible to imagine anyone else accomplishing. So it’s not hard to see why she was picked as the face of Campari’s 2015 calendar, entitled Mythology Mixology, following in the footsteps of several Hollywood leading ladies before her, including Selma Hayek, Penelope Cruz and Uma Thurman.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Green was in any way daunted by her predecessors. “I felt very privileged to follow in the footsteps of such amazing actresses,” she says earnestly, before promptly crediting this year’s photographer, Julia Fullerton-Batten, as being her only inspiration for the shoots. Indeed, Fullerton-Batten is the first woman photographer to have been employed for the calendar. “It’s important to feel loved by a photographer, by a director,” Green reveals. “I felt Julia appreciated me. On set, it’s very important to absorb good energy. It enabled me to relax and just have my picture taken.”
It would seem she did – Fullerton-Batten’s instructions to Green went only as far as to tell her to do her thing and perform. “It was easy for me because you’re able to find some freedom in those boundaries,” Green explains. As for her favourite shot? “Hmmm,” she thinks, screwing up her compellingly expressive face. “I loved the boxing one; that was cool. I love the Negroni one actually – it’s romantic. I love the astronaut one – I’m going to have it framed for my flat. But they are all so cool, and very feminine. It’s such a beautiful calendar – it’s so classic, but very modern.”
Conversely, however, there are always challenges with photo shoots. After having recently fallen off a horse, April’s shoot saw Green once again astride an equine. “That horse was very old. He was nice; it was fine,” she says. A true pro!
But Green’s commitment to Campari stems not just from her professionalism, but also from childhood, as “my mum was always a big fan of Campari – she used to drink it in the afternoon!” Clearly proof that classic cocktails don’t date, something Green was keen to exemplify in the shoots. “The 2015 Calendar is a real testament to Campari as a brand and seeing all of the stories together in one collection just proves that no matter how old these recipes may get, there will always be a firm place for Campari within our contemporary world,” she reveals.
As for the cocktail she would pick herself? “What time is it?” she asks. “Campari Orange!” But the actress is well aware that shooting the calendar was about much more than simply promoting drinks. “It was about telling a series of stories in an imaginative, creative and beautiful way,” she says. “This year, those stories are closer to the heart of Campari than ever before and I personally feel very honoured to have been part of that.”
On the other hand, speaking of drinks, a little Dutch courage is surely a prerequisite for someone who is very well-known for her on-screen nude scenes. “I get so much into character that I kind of forget [about being naked],” Green admits. “I become numb in some ways. I do not enjoy being naked, but I just forget about it.” Her reasoning for this? “If you feel awkward, it will show on your face.” But Green isn’t quite as confident about it as she makes out. “I’m quite shy,” she confides. “I love costumes and strong make-up – it’s like armour.” So shooting the Campari calendar must have been an ideal project for her. Admitting her preparation for each shoot only “took, like, thirty minutes,” Green clearly revelled in doing the calendar. “I didn’t have to do any homework or learn any lines. I was surrounded by passionate people, and there was no pressure. There was lots of joy – it was very contagious.”
Green did do some research prior to shooting, however. “Julia is so talented,” she enthuses about the photographer’s work. “I went online and saw all these weird, beautiful women, who were half woman, half animal. It was very brave to have picked Julia, but [the calendar] looks beautiful!” Presumably not least due to Eva herself. As for the outfits she wore for the shoots, are they likely to end up in her wardrobe? “Talk to Bob about that!” she laughs, referring to Campari’s CEO. Given her persuasive powers over Mr. Bond, it’s surely only a matter of time before those dream dresses are hers.