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Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton) - Profile
Character information
Name(s): Strawberry Fields
Died: August 2006
Bolivia
Hair/eye color: Brown (Eyes), Red (Hair)
Height/weight: -- (Height), -- (Weight)
Nationality: British
Occupation: MI6 Agent
Affiliation: British Secret Service
Status: Deceased, drowned in crude oil
Behind the scenes
Role: Bond girl, Ally
Portrayed By: Gemma Arterton
First Appearance: Quantum of Solace (Film)
Last Appearance: Quantum of Solace (Film)

Agent Strawberry Fields is an MI6 agent who works at the British consulate in Bolivia and the secondary heroine in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. She is portrayed by Gemma Arterton.

Film biographyEdit

Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers! Plot and/or ending details follow.


BoliviaEdit

Strawberry Fields is an MI6 agent working at the British consulate, stationed in Bolivia. When Bond takes it upon himself to work away from orders, following Dominic Greene to Bolivia, Fields is assigned the job of stopping James Bond, turning him around and putting him back on the first plane back to London.

Waiting for Bond and his ally Rene Mathis at La Paz airport, Fields is quick to assert herself over the British MI6 agent. However, Bond still feels he can take advantage due to her younger age. Shooting down Bond's sarcasm, Fields threatens to leave Bond in jail over night until their flight back to London the following morning. Bond doesn't hesitate to argue against Fields' threats. However, he tells her they still have "all night".

Getting a taxi to a cheap hostel, Fields informs Bond and Mathis that they are undercover as teachers on sabbatical. Bond demands that she gets back into the taxi, which she does after second thought. Bond then checks the three into the Andean Grand Hotel, a five-star resort in the city center of Bolivia. When paired in a room with Bond, she succumbs to his charms and sleeps with him.

The Greene Planet Fundraiser PartyEdit

Feeling guilty about sleeping with Bond, Fields tells him she doesn't think she can ever forgive herself. Working his charms once again and trying to cheer her up, Bond offers to take her to a party Mathis has recently got invites too, the host of which being Dominic Greene. Fields agrees to the offer and the pair travel together.

While at the party, Bond and Fields watch Greene's environmentally targeted speech and are introduced to the Bolivian Chief of Police, who is secretly a double agent working for the corrupt General Medrano. When Bond leaves Fields with the Chief of Police and Mathis, she keeps a watchful eye on Bond's movements. Noticing tensions rising between Bond, Camille Montes and Dominic Greene, she decides to confront but as she walks up the stairs she realises she must make a choice: still work to orders and stop Bond from leaving with Camille or help Bond on his quest by allowing him to leave. Choosing the latter, when Greene orders his henchman Elvis to follow Bond and Camille, Fields trips him up down the stairs allowing Bond to flee but drawing attention to herself.

Death at the Andean Grand HotelEdit

The death of Strawberry Fields

Strawberry's death.

Sometime after leaving the party, Fields clearly knows she is being followed by Greene's henchmen. After leaving a note at the reception of the hotel for Bond saying 'Run!', Fields fate is soon cemented when she is discovered by M lying naked on the bed in the hotel room, covered head to toe in oil. When Bond arrives back, he tells M that the use of oil is misdirection from Greene as he is in fact planning on controlling Bolivia's water supply. Managing to break free from M's guards escorting Bond from the premesis, Bond confronts M, telling her Fields showed true bravery and that he demands to see that written in her final report.

In an act of poetic justice at the end, Bond leaves Greene stranded in the middle of the desert with nothing but a can of oil to drink.

Behind the scenesEdit

Director Marc Forster found Arterton a witty actress and selected her from a reported 1,500 candidates. One of the casting directors asked her to audition for the role, having seen her portray Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost at the Globe Theatre.[1] Arterton said Fields was "not so frolicsome" as other Bond girls, but is instead "fresh and young, not ... a femme fatale."[2] Arterton described Fields as a homage to the 1960s Bond girls, comparing her red wig to that of Diana Rigg, who played Tracy Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Rigg, alongside Honor Blackman, is one of her favourite Bond girls.[1]

Arterton had to film her character's death scene first day on the set, where she was completely covered head to toe in non-toxic black paint. Although she found the experience unpleasant, she believes the scene will be an iconic part of the film.[3] The character's first name, which is a reference to the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever", is never actually uttered on screen; when Bond asks her for her name, she replies, "Just Fields." Robert A. Caplen suggests that this is a conscious effort to portray a woman "whose character attributes are neither undermined nor compromised" by her name, even though her name may have sexual overtones reminiscent of earlier A View to a Kill.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Bond and Mathis make sexual innuendo remarks about Fields carrying handcuffs. As it appears Fields is wearing nothing but a coat and pair of boots, it is possibly insinuated that she is a prostitute, sent to occupy Bond's needs for the evening making it easier to get him back on the plane the following morning.
  • Early speculation in British tabloids lead to believe their could be "wedding bells" between Bond and Fields. However this wasn't the case; the only reference to the pair being a married couple is when the receptionist of the hotel believes Fields is Bond's wife due to them being undercover.
  • Fields is a stereotypical Bond Girl commonly explored in films from the Connery and Moore era. Instead of joining Bond throughout the whole film, she aides him when in a specific country for a specific purpose. Other Bond Girl examples of this include Tilly Masterson from Goldfinger, Patricia Fearing from Thunderball, Kissy Suzuki from You Only Live Twice, Manuela from Moonraker and Pola Ivanova from A View to a Kill.
  • Her name is also a reference to the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" and the place in Liverpool with the same name.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chris Tilly. "Gemma Arteron Q&A", IGN, 30 January 2008. Retrieved on 30 January 2008. 
  2. "New Bond film title is confirmed", BBC News, 24 January 2008. Retrieved on 24 January 2008. 
  3. "Gemma Arterton is Fields...Agent Fields", CommanderBond.net, 18 November 2008. Retrieved on 2 May 2009. 

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