London: Monica Bellucci, who has been cast alongside Daniel Craig in the latest Bond movie 'Spectre', initially believed she was auditioning to replace Judi Dench.
Monica Bellucci. Pic/Santa Banta
Bellucci, 50, said she had been summoned to meet director Sam Mendes to discuss a role in the upcoming film, reported Daily Telegraph.
"I just blurted out: I'm not a girl, I'm a woman, I'm a mature woman. Do I have to replace Judi Dench? 'Why do you call me? I'm 50 years old. What am I going to do in James Bond?'," she said.
"He said, 'For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman. The concept is revolutionary'," she added.
Bellucci added she had told Mendes he would be a "hero among women" for taking a stand for older actresses, after deciding her wanted a woman of a similar age to Bond to play alongside him.