1. Maria Menounos Joins 'From Russia With Love'

    By Matt Weston on 2005-08-03

    Electronic Arts today announced Maria Menounos will star alongside Sean Connery in the company’s upcoming James Bond video game, From Russia With Love.

    Maria Menounos

    Maria Menounos

    Menounos will lend her voice and likeness to an original character named Eva, who is Red Grant’s driver and henchwoman. A spokesperson for Pantene hair products, Menounos recently made her big-screen debut in Fantastic Four, and has also had a recurring role in One Tree Hill.

    I am honored to be a Bond girl and be a part of the Bond legacy,” said Menounos. “To star in a video game with Connery, the original Bond, is incredible.”

    Menounos joins a growing cast for From Russia With Love (recent reports indicate Natasha Bedingfield may also have a role in the game). After the commercial misfire of GoldenEye: Rogue Agent late last year, it appears EA is attempting to create a game more in the mould of Everything or Nothing, its most critically-acclaimed effort so far (Everything or Nothing featured an all-star cast including Pierce Brosnan, Willem Dafoe, Shannon Elizabeth and Bond regulars Judi Dench and John Cleese).

    From Russia With Love is in development simultaneously across Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube, and will be released worldwide later this year.

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