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Penélope Cruz set to become latest Bond girl

Spanish star Penélope Cruz is set to become the latest Bond girl at the age of 39.

Penélope Cruz set to become latest Bond girl
Penélope Cruz in Madrid in January of this year. Photo: Eduardo Diguez/AFP

Sources close to the production of the new Bond film have confirmed the move that will see Cruz become the oldest Bond girl to date, Spain's 20minutos newspaper reported on Monday.

"The producers have tried to get Penélope before, but she has never been available because of other commitments. The discussions have been going on for some time and they are working out the contract details now,"  a source cited by 20minutos told Yahoo.

Cruz will now star in what  is the 24th film about the British spy James bond. The director of the latest 007 film will be Sam Mendes who directed Skyfall.

The Spanish actress is currently very pregnant with her second child to the Spanish actor Javier Bardem. The two have been seeing each other since 2007. 

"She got back into shape fast after the first baby and will no doubt regain her  figure quickly this time," the source said.

"She’ll be a great Bond girl. Bond girls are always brainy as well as sexy, and that’s totally Penélope."

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Penelope Cruz: ‘I have my personal war with technology’

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make "all our brains explode".

Penelope Cruz: 'I have my personal war with technology'
Penelope Cruz on the red carpet at the screening of the film "Wasp Network" in Venice. Photo: AFP

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make “all our brains explode”.   

The Spanish mother-of-two said she was worried about how children's mental health and development were being affected by the ubiquity of tech.   

“I have my personal war with it,” she told reporters at the Venice film festival.

“I wish we could have lived in the 1990s for a little longer. For mental health issues that would have helped a lot, because I think things are going at a speed that we are unprepared for,” said the actress.   

Cruz, 45, who is starring in “Wasp Network”, a thriller about five Cuban undercover agents who became heroes for infiltrating radical exile networks in Florida, said tech was coming to utterly dominate children's lives, hogging their time and imaginations.   

“This might seem like an exaggeration to other people, but I am convinced that we were raised with a different relationships with technology,” she said.   

“Right now children and teenagers are in contact so much with electronics and it takes the time away from children to learn to play, to have conversations, to be at a table having dinner talking to their family, or to be bored — which is something important we all should learn as children.”   

Cruz, who has an eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter with fellow Spanish star Javier Bardem, said our lives were being swallowed up by it.   

Tech's daily dominance was “not only affecting children, but all of us…. It is something that is creating a lot of general anxiety and I wonder if this continues all of our brains are just going to explode,” said the actress, who made her name in “Jamon, Jamon” when she was only 15.   

Cruz said that she hoped that rising fears about what we are doing to the planet would chime with a harder look at what tech was doing to us.   

“I hope that there will be a movement for people to live in a different way, that will value a different pace, which leads us to the other big issue, what happens to the environment,” she added.

By AFP's Fiachra Gibbons 

READ ALSO: There are still 16,000 public telephones in Spain 

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