Tomorrow Never Pays
It wasn't always Best Actress for Oscars for Michelle Yeoh. She claims being a Bond girl put her out of work for two years.
"The first movie I did after I came to America was Tomorrow Never Dies with Pierce Brosnan", she said.
"James Bond, at that point, had only been known as macho, and the girls were just the ones with cutesy names.
"At that point, people in the industry couldn't really tell the difference between whether I was Chinese or Japanese or Korean or if I even spoke English. They would talk very loudly and very slow.
"I didn't work for almost two years, until Crouching Tiger, simply because I could not agree with the stereotypical roles that were put forward to me".
With strong, independent women playing active roles in Bond films since the series' inception, many Bond fans would argue they've been more than just cutesy names.
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