"Oh, stop it, both of you! Stop it! You're like...boys with toys!"
― Natalya Simonova to Bond and Dimitri Mishkin.[src]

Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova (Russian: Наталья Фёдоровна Симонова) is a fictional Russian programmer and Bond girl who first appeared in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, portrayed by Swedish actress Izabella Scorupco. The character was subsequently re-imagined for the 2010 video-game GoldenEye 007, voiced by Kirsty Mitchell.

Film biography

Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova works as a Level 2 programmer at a bunker, the Severnaya Space Weapons Control Centre before it is destroyed by a blast from one of the two GoldenEye satellites set-off by the Janus Crime Syndicate. When the treasonous General Ourumov and Xenia Onatopp attack the station with a stolen Eurocopter Tiger helicopter, she is left the only survivor besides Boris Grishenko, who had disappeared when he was "going for a cigarette". He had actually slipped away and flew off with Ourumov and Onatopp, having allied himself with them and Alec Trevelyan to steal the GoldenEye satellite.

Natalya attempts to find Boris, whom she believes to be innocent; he meets her in a cathedral and turns her over to Onatopp.

Simonova and Bond, who have both been captured by Trevelyan, are trapped in the stolen Tiger helicopter. The helicopter fires missiles at itself, but Bond is able to eject the two, who are subsequently arrested by the Russian government. Ourumov sets Bond free to clear his own name of murder; Bond escapes, but loses Natalya in the process. Ourumov is ordered by Trevelyan to kidnap Simonova and rendezvous at his armored train. Despite initially escaping, Bond manages to intercept the train and derails it using a Russian T-54 tank. Boarding the train, Trevelyan traps Bond for a second time in one of the carriages. Blaming Bond for his disfigurement, Trevelyan sadistically informs him that the carriage is rigged to explode and wishes him luck cutting his way out. The timer had been set for the same amount of time Bond had given him to escape; exactly three minutes. Before escaping the train, Bond and Simonova trace the location of the GoldenEye control antenna to Cuba. They become lovers.

The two then follow Trevelyan to Cuba, where she questions his "professional callousness" during an argument:
Natalya: "How can you act like this? How can you be so cold?"
Bond: "It's what keeps me alive"
Natalya: "No. It's what keeps you alone."
―James Bond and Natalya Simonova[src]
At Cuba, Onatopp rappells from a helicopter onto Bond, who is just awakening, and quickly gains the upper hand in their battle. She gets Bond into position to crush his chest; just as Bond is ready to pass out from the pressure, Natalya saves her friend then he connects the rope she rappelled down to her safety harness, grabs her AK-74 rifle that was slung across her back and kills the helicopter's pilot by shooting into the helicopter's cockpit from the ground. The chopper veers away, wrenching the henchhwoman screaming off Bond and trapping her in a fork of a tree. After Onatopp's death, Bond tells Natalya that "She always did enjoy a good squeeze", an allusion to the fact that Onatopp enjoyed squeezing her victims to death.

Before escaping the train, Bond and Simonova trace the location of the GoldenEye control antenna to Cuba. Infiltrating Trevelyan's control facility, the two split up; Bond attempting to plant explosives and Simonova hacking the GoldenEye's guidance systems but Natalya his captured by Trevelyan's army and she meet Boris. She attacked him in a fit of rage for allying himself with the enemy.

She destroys the GoldenEye satellite and commandeers a helicopter to pick up Bond and herself by using the gun Bond gave her. Natalya saves Bond right after he defeats Trevelyan. She and he leave in the helicopter and get dropped off a distance away. Jack Wade was waiting for the two. He picks them up in the helicopter, ending the film.

Other Appearances

Simanova appears in two video games. She appears first in GoldenEye, where she has much the same role as in the movie. She is rescued by Bond, kidnapped by Janus, and later helps Bond stop Trevelyan and the GoldenEye satellite.

Behind the scenes

Izabella said in an interview that she had enjoyed playing her character and admired her for her strength, bravery and willingness to help. She described her as a "very natural girl who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time". She also requested that her character be known as a "Bond Woman" because the term "Bond Girl" sounded to her as too demeaning.

The memorable outfit of the white La Perla bikini and patterned Ghost sarong was created by costume designer Linda Hemming as a homage to Ursula Andress' character Honey Ryder. Izabella kept it after filming and later donated it in November 2012 to the Child Diabetes Fund in Sweden for a charity auction. It is now in the Swedish 007 museum next to a signed picture of herself and Pierce Brosnan.


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