My attitude toward jewelry is pretty much the same as my attitude toward the James Bond films. I know that both are silly but I love them anyway. My mother’s legacy.
In Casino Royale (2006), from her first to her last scene, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) of Her Majesty’s Treasury wore a necklace with a knot pendant. It’s a very attractive piece of jewelry and all of Vesper’s clothes were so designed to make the necklace visible and prominent. The significance of the necklace wouldn’t be made known until the subsequent Bond film, Quantum of Solace.
Vesper chose death toward the end of Casino Royale unable to face Bond (Daniel Craig), her lover, after betraying him. M (Judi Dench) later told Bond that Vesper’s boyfriend had been kidnapped by the terrorist organization Quantum and Vesper had been following Quantum’s directives in exchange for her boyfriend’s freedom.
Toward the end of Quantum of Solace, Bond went to Russia to confront Yusef, Vesper’s “kidnapped” boyfriend. Yusef was with an attractive woman who was wearing a necklace that looked exactly like the one that Vesper wore. Yusef, it turned out, was a Quantum agent whose (very pleasurable) job was to seduce women in intelligence circles. He would then pretend to be kidnapped and the woman would do everything to secure his freedom. Bond showed Vesper’s necklace to Yusef’s companion, an agent in the Canadian Intelligence, to prove that Yusef wasn’t what she had been made to believe.
Vesper Lynd’s necklace was designed by London jeweller Sophie Harley.
In 2006 Sophie was commissioned to create the now infamous “Algerian Love Knot” necklace, this stunning piece was designed especially for Eva Green, who played the alluring Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale”, as a beautiful love token and integral part of the story line… A symbol of enduring love it has captured the hearts of a worldwide audience. This beautiful piece, made in silver with 18 carat gold plated details…
The Algerian Love Knot has captivated the world so much that cheaper reproductions are all over. Search Etsy for “Algerian Love Knot” and six items by different sellers pop up. And it’s been EIGHT YEARS since Casino Royale hit the moviehouses.