Maryam d'Abo - James Bond Girl with Georgian roots
31 October, 2018
Maryam d'Abo - James Bond Girl with Georgian roots
Giorgi Kvinitadze was a commander-in-chief of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. After Sovietization of Georgia, Kvinitadze went into exile to France, where he wrote his memoirs of the 1917–1921 events in Georgia.
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Giorgi Kvinitadze

During World War I, in 1916, Kvinitadze was appointed a chief of staff of the 4th Caucasian Rifle Division. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Kvinitadze served as a Deputy Minister of War for the Transcaucasus federal government before becoming the Commander in Chief
of the army of a newly independent Georgia in 1918.
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Giorgi Kvinitadze and his wife Mariam Makashvili

He established a military school of Junkers in Tiflis. In 1920, when the Bolsheviks attempted a coup d'état and attacked the school, Kvinitadze, with his cadets successfully defended the building. After Georgia's defeat in the Red Army war in March 1921, Kvinitadze left for France, where he first worked as a clerk for Pathé Records and then run a small business producing matsoni (Matsoni is a Georgian fermented milk product, similar to yogurt). He died in Chatou suburb of Paris in 1970 and was buried at the Georgian cemetery of Leuville-sur-Orge. The street in Tbilisi, where Georgia's Ministry of Defense is located, was named after Kvinitadze in 2006.
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Giorgi Kvinitadze and his family in Chatou

Who is Maryam d'Abo?


The granddaughter of Giorgi Kvinitadze is the British-French actress and former Bond Girl, Maryam d'Abo. Georgian Journal offers its readers the interview with the actress.
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Maryam d'Abo and Timothy Dalton

1. Let’s start our interview with the question about childhood. Tell us about your childhood memories.


One memory when I was 5 at our family house outside of Paris where my grandfather lived in exile during the Soviet times.
Our family nanny Babalée who was very old made the most delicious Georgian Yogourt that was prepared in big glass pots and was in the cellar. It was my favorite dish and so look forward to eating it every day and so was upset when there wasn’t any left! My grandfather started a small business selling Yogourt to the neighbors as it did not exist in France. It was a success!
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Maryam d'Abo

2. You know how Georgian’s mention you? Maryam d’Abo? Ou, She has Georgian roots, she is a granddaughter of famous General Kvinitadze. I know that you own your grandparents' photo. Please tell us about family, about your grandfather, he was our hero.


I remember him vividly when he was in his 90s and he was a very warm grandfather. I made him laugh a lot. He called me ‘malinka dushka’. The house was always filled with people on weekends. I didn’t know that he was a National hero in Georgia so so many in exile would come to visit him. He read the papers every day sitting in his favorite armchair and he loved watching tv. I remember his amazement when the first man( Neil Armstrong) landed on the moon! He was in awe of the evolution of mankind as he was born before cars existed but I was non plus at 9 years old !!!
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Maryam d'Abo his husband Hugh Hudson

3. I know that very often you are asked about your role in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (Kara Milovey), but how can I miss the chance of not asking you about being James Bond’s woman. Is there anything you haven’t told media about character Kara Milovey? Could you tell anything about the shooting process, exclusively for Georgian newspaper?


The shooting was between Morocco and the Uk and Austria. One big and happy family traveling and filming together for 5 months. I learned how to ride and to pretend how to play the cello and spent a lot of time rehearsing with the Vienna symphony orchestra which was heaven. A great experience playing Kara.
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Maryam d'Abo playing the cello

4. This question is about the documentary film “Rupture: A Matter of Life OR Death”. What would you to say public with this film and what has changed after the 2007 year?


The film was a labor of love and we made it help others. It also helped me find out what had happened to me as it was hard to comprehend at the beginning of my recovery. A humbling experience being very lucky to survive without any disabilities.
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Maryam d'Abo and Timothy Dalton

5. Have you been to Georgia? Maybe in the future, you would like to visit Tbilisi?


I have been invited to Tbilisi a few times at the film festival. The first time was in 1997, staying with friends just 4 years after the civil war. I recall watching the eclipse of the moon late one night in Tbilisi. Loved it the first time I was there and got such a warm welcome from everyone.

P.S. Would you like to say something for people who are waiting for this interview? For people who remember your grandfather and still with the fire in the eyes talk about Giorgi Kvinitadze.
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Maryam d'Abo

My grandfather cared enormously for his country and fought until the bitter end for its independence. He wrote his memoirs while he was in exile. It was very hard to watch his country be taken over by the Soviet system. Sadly he died before the country became independent and sadly he wasn’t able to go back and see the change to a democratic government with a parliament. It’s wonderful that he is remembered in history today. He is part of the Georgian history and the Georgians celebrate their past.

Thank you for spending time on my questions.

Sending love from Tbilisi.

Many thanks to you.

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