Verity: Fencing Instructor Played by Superstar Madonna
Verity is a fencing instructor, who trains Miranda Frost and Gustav Graves at the prestigious Blades fencing club. Played by American superstar Madonna in the 2002 James Bond film, Die Another Day, Verity boasts graceful moves, and not only guides her students through the art of swordplay but also lends her melodious voice to the film’s title song.
Agent 007, James Bond is investigating the actions of Zao, a key figure in the North Korean intelligence network, leading him to the doorstep of Gustav Graves, a renowned diamond tycoon.
Driven by a need to engage Graves, Bond finds himself back in London, frequenting a well-known fencing club alongside his spokesperson, Miranda Frost. As Bond enters the fencing club, Verity, his fencing tutor, is patiently awaiting his arrival for their training session.
After their swords clash and playful banter is exchanged, Verity asks Bond’s assistance in fixing her loose corset. As he helps her, Verity draws Bond’s gaze to the ‘creme de la creme of the club’, her protégé Miranda Frost, who she is immensely proud of.
Frost, she says, clinched the gold medal for fencing in the Sydney Olympics. Bond interjects, stating that Frost won by mere luck, but Verity argues back stating that Frost truly earned her medal, given that her rival had been disqualified for steroid abuse.
Verity then points out that Graves’ frequent visits to the club are solely driven by his interest in wagering money on matches, with his winnings being so prolific that other club members are unwilling to challenge him.
After this briefing, she ushers Bond to meet Frost and Graves. Graves seizes the opportunity to propose a high-stakes duel to Bond, with each point being worth £1000. Graves asks Verity if she wants to stake her money on the outcome of the duel, but she graciously declines and exits the scene.
Madonna Louise Ciccone, universally known as Madonna, was born on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan. She’s an iconic figure in pop culture, renowned for her singing and acting career, as well as her continually evolving image and style.
Raised in a large, Catholic family, Madonna moved to New York City in 1978 with dreams of becoming a professional dancer. However, destiny had other plans, and she found herself on the path to music stardom instead. Her debut album, Madonna, was released in 1983, featuring hits like Holiday, which instantly placed her on the global music map.
Madonna’s career skyrocketed in the mid-1980s with albums like Like a Virgin and True Blue. She became known for her provocative lyrics and performances, as well as for boundary-pushing music videos that explored social, political, and sexual themes. This audacity garnered both praise and criticism, but Madonna remained unapologetically herself, solidifying her status as the pop icon.
In addition to music, Madonna also ventured into acting, starring in films like Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Evita (1996), the latter of which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She was cast in a minor role in Bond film, Die Another Day (2002), and when it was announced she was going to appear in a Bond film, fans eagerly wanted her to join the pantheon of Bond Girls. This didn’t materialise, but at least the iconic star has appeared in a Bond film, and sung the theme song.
Madonna, known as the “Queen of Pop,” has been recognized as one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. Her impressive discography, spanning over four decades, has garnered numerous accolades, including seven Grammy Awards.