SPECTRE, the highly anticipated 24th Bond adventure, racked in $73m (£48.5m) during opening weekend–the second largest debut in Bond history. But that’s not the only history Mr. Bond is making; SPECTRE has teamed up with the world’s original luxury vodka, Belvedere, to form Belvedere’s largest partnership to date: a global advertising campaign revealing the intricacies of the legendary martini cocktail featuring Bond girl beauty, Stephanie Sigman.
Watch the commercial here.
After attending an exclusive screening of the Bond adventure, Haute Living sat down with the lovely Mexican-born actress at Belvedere’s after-party at 1 Hotel South Beach.
How are you juggling your time between being both a Bond girl and a global ambassador for Belvedere?
I have great management, agents, and a lot of people on my team that do my schedule – which is crazy by the way – I was in LA last night, now I’m here and then I’m going to Toronto because I’m shooting a film there right now, and then back to shooting the second season of Narcos and then promoting SPECTRE. So yeah, it’s been crazy but it’s also fun. I feel like I need to enjoy and take advantage of this moment because all the craziness is going to be over soon. I try to enjoy it, and I try to have fun with it.
The martinis help I’m sure…
Oh, they help, they help! [Laughs] & they’re really good. It’s also easy to work with a brand like Belvedere because it’s a quality brand & it’s easy to work with people like Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson, all of the cast, and Sam Mendez, one of my favorite directors. It’s a great journey for me.
Have you always recognized the intricacies of the martini cocktail?
I’ve been learning a lot about how to make a martini and all the variations that you can have with a few ingredients with Belvedere. We had a session in NYC where we presented the campaign & commercial & it was fun because I was like “I didn’t know you could do that with a martini!” I was putting this and that & mixing it up & its actually pretty fun and interesting how it works.
Martinis are glamorous but also so simple because they only have a few ingredients and you can really taste the vodka. I’ve been learning so much and obviously I’m not an expert but, they are; so I get to learn from them and it’s a great brand to learn from. It’s easy when you have a quality drink, you can taste the quality in it, that’s the important part.
Is the Belvedere 007 martini truly better shaken not stirred?
I definitely prefer shaken, and I’m not just saying that.
Who’s your favorite Bond girl?
I love Léa Seydoux’s character & Monica Bellucci’s character in this film. We see these female strong independent women on-screen, and that’s something I really like about SPECTRE. Before SPECTRE I would say Halle Berry. They’re all special though, that’s why they’re Bond girls.
Well, you’re one of them, Stephanie.
Excellent choice (once again), Mr. Bond.