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Giulietta da Vinci, listed in the film credits as Cigar Girl, is a beautiful Italian assassin in the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough. She was portrayed by Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

Film biography

In Bilbao, Spain, James Bond meets with a Swiss banker to retrieve money belonging to Sir Robert King, a British oil tycoon and friend of M. Giulietta enters the office carrying a box of cigars, which she offers to Bond and her employer (hence her nickname "Cigar Girl"). At Lachaise's request, the cigar girl hands Bond a receipt for the money, leading to a double entendre regarding her figures.

Bond informs the banker that King was buying a report stolen from an MI6 agent who was killed for it. 007 wants to know who killed him. The banker threatens Bond, but Bond overpowers his bodyguards and holds him at gunpoint. Before Lachaise can reveal the assassin's name he is murdered by Giulietta - a throwing knife protruding from the back of his neck. In the ensuing chaos, both Bond and the cigar girl escape from the building.

Returning to MI6 headquarters in London, Bond returns the money to Sir Robert. However, the money is actually a fertilizer bomb which kills King and blows a hole in the wall of the building. Through the debris, 007 spots Giulietta, who is watching the building from a boat on the river. She fires off some shots and then speeds off down the Thames, with Bond pursuing in a prototype boat.

After being chased to the Millennium Dome, the assassin attempts to escape via hot air balloon. Clinging to one of the balloon's mooring ropes, Bond offers her protection from her real employer. Panic stricken, she refuses, asserting that Bond cannot protect her from "him". Ignoring Bond's pleas, she commits suicide by shooting the aircraft's gas tank, causing the balloon to explode in a huge fireball.

Novelization biography

In the novel adaptation of The World Is Not Enough, then-current Bond novelist Raymond Benson gave the Cigar Girl a name: Giulietta da Vinci, and retained a scene between her and Renard in Bilbao that was cut from the theatrical release.

Trivia

  • In the film, Giulietta is the only identified female member of Renard's crew. However, in early treatments of the film's script, it was shown that Renard had several female minions in his inner circle. In one draft of the script, the scene that would ultimately become Renard's entrance at the Devil's Breath cave was originally written as a much more sordid encounter. The scene was to have originally taken place at Zukovsky's Casino, in a champagne lounge (an environment that was reminiscent of Zukovsky's club in GoldenEye) where Davidov would attempt to solicit a prostitute. The prostitute would then reveal herself as one of Renard's assassins as Renard and his men would appear from out of the shadows and ambush Davidov.

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