Cultural Life: Gemma Arterton, Actress

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I'm one of the Bond girls in Quantum of Solace, so I watched Daniel Craig in Enduring Love on DVD. Lots of the previous Bond girls have been quite negative about being a Bond girl – but I am thrilled to be in it! I saw The Other Boleyn Girl because my friend Eddie Redmayne, who also stars with me in the BBC drama Tess of the d'Urbervilles that we are filming right now in Bath, is in it. As filming Tess is quite depressing, I've been watching comedies to cheer myself up, including Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. I also watched The Shipping News with Julianne Moore as she is my favourite actress. I want to see Shine a Light because I love The Rolling Stones.

Irate Chilean mayor storms Bond set

James Bond has an unlikely new nemesis. Carlos Lopez, the mayor of Baquedano, a remote town in northern Chile, burst on to the set of the fictional super-spy's new film, Quantum of Solace, earlier this week and was detained by police.

Model toy maker Hornby cuts its profits forecast

If spending on Hornby's iconic train sets and Airfix models are a bellwether for UK consumer confidence, then the prognosis is not good.

Deborah Orr: When the subject is suicide, reporting on it requires the utmost sensitivity

There has been a great deal of reporting about suicide in the press this week. There has been speculation about the tragic death of the actor Heath Ledger. There have been background reports about the trial of John Hogan, who jumped, with his two children in his arms, from a hotel balcony in Crete, killing his son. Most disturbingly, there has been fanciful elaboration about a cluster of suicides among young people in Bridgend, South Wales, including lurid suggestions that they may have been part of an "internet suicide cult". Yet what seems to have been lost this week is awareness that the reporting of suicide is a very sensitive business in itself.

The World Is Not Enough (At Least, Not At That Price)

Off to Claridges, the smart London hotel, to meet Pierce Brosnan, the current James Bond. My heart is going "Dun-de-dun-dun-de-dundundun... daa-naa, daa-naa" in that powerfully rhythmic, 007 way. Up in the lift, which is marvellously old-style posh. All gilt and dark red velvet, with a little old man working a clanking lever. I don't think he is Q.

Journey to the centre of the Earth

What is a starlet doing wriggling through a hole in the ground? Clive Tully digs deep to find the answer

Letter: Women at work

Sir: The "bond babes" you use to illustrate Suzanne Moore's article look like smug, vacuous, stereotyped chumps. The intelligence and individuality which I'm sure they have is rendered invisible by the pantomime principal boy outfits.

TICKET OFFER: ABUNDANCE

Opening this week at the Riverside Studios is the British Premiere of Abundance, sponsored by Evian and starring Myriam Cyr and ex- Bond girl Maryam d'Abo. Written by Beth Henley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Crimes of the Heart, Abundance is set in late 1860s Wyoming and charts the lives of two mail-order brides who head out West in search of a new life.
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