03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Bond Villain: I'm Modeling Smile On Tony Blair, Eyes On Sarkozy

The actor cast as the arch-villain in the new James Bond film revealed yesterday that he is modelling his portrayal of evil on the smile of Tony Blair and the eyes of Nicholas Sarkozy.

Mathieu Amalric, the acclaimed French actor whose films include Steven Spielberg's Munich, said that he was turning to the former British Prime Minister and the French President for inspiration because the director of the 22nd Bond movie did not want him to rely on gimmicks.

"He doesn't have a metal jaw or an eye that bleeds," Amalric said of his baddie. "Instead, I have to look inside myself." In exploring the nature of evil, the subtle undercurrent of villainy that lies beneath the surface, he joked: "I am looking at the smile of Tony Blair and the crazy eyes of Nicholas Sarkozy."

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Here are photos of the cast and director at the press call:

From left British actress Gemma Arterton, French actor Mathieu Amalric, Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko, British actors Daniel Craig and Judy Dench and Director Marc Forster