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She was famously seduced by secret agent James Bond during her last film appearance in box-office smash Spectre.
But it was Monica Bellucci who worked her irresistible charms while fulfilling a prestigious role as Master of Ceremonies at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony on Wednesday evening.
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The Italian model and actress, 52, entertained guests inside the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès by passionately kissing her co-host, French comedian Alex Lutz, during a playful exchange.
Cupping a hand over his face, former Bond girl Monica leaned into the 38-year old while planting a kiss on his lips ahead of the opening night premiere of new film Ismael’s Ghost.
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The sultry star already commanded attention by virtue of her outfit – a striking semi-sheer black Dior gown with a delicately cinched waistline.
An off-the-shoulder detail further ensured the pleated design caught the eye as Monica made her way across the stage, where she warmly greeted Cannes Jury President Pedro Almodovar – albeit with rather less intimacy than her previous exchange with Lutz.
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A glittering statement necklace gave the ensemble an extravagant focal point, while her tousled raven locks were effortlessly styled with a simple centre parting.
Elsewhere, Monica has been vocal about how little effort she puts into staying in shape.
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In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, she said that she doesn't favour the gym in a quest to stay slim, instead preferring to enjoy life and eat pasta and cake.
Monica explained: 'I'm not someone who wakes up at 6am to...
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