Morena Baccarin: From Firefly To First Female James Bond

By Rick Gonzales | 1 year ago

Morena Baccarin

Brazilian born and Julliard trained actress Morena Baccarin seems to have what it takes to make a big splash in Hollywood. Beauty, brains, talent. She has used all the above to get her to where she’s at in her career. And if you were to ask her, she has some big plans for the future.


Morena Baccarin

While Firefly was the series that turned heads, Morena Baccarin actually got started a bit earlier with a couple of features, Perfume and Way Off Broadway, that weren’t seen by many. When it came to Firefly, she wasn’t creator Joss Whedon’s first choice for Inara Serra. But while filming the pilot, Whedon began to feel that the actress chosen, Rebecca Gayheart, wasn’t working. So he opened auditions for the part Baccarin would eventually fill. Morena played the role of Inara through the entire 14-episode life of Firefly.

Morena Baccarin would also come back to the Firefly universe in order to portray Inara in the feature film Serenity.

Inara on Firefly
Morena Baccarin on Firefly

Morena Baccarin definitely opened eyes with her portrayal of Inara Serra. She turned that role into others including work on The O.C., Kitchen Confidential, and Justice before she climbed aboard another sci-fi adventure, Stargate SG-1. It was a recurring role that also saw her reprise in the movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth. Déjà vu all over again.

Morena Baccarin then jumped on the TV series Heartland, a short-lived one that then saw her move on to Numb3rs and Medium. This led her into her third sci-fi adventure, the TV series V. That series was about an extraterrestrial race that comes to Earth with what appears to be good intentions. No, they did not have good intentions. The series lasted two seasons.

Morena Baccarin
V – ABC’s “V” stars Morena Baccarin as Anna. (ABC/BOB D’AMICO)

Baccarin kicked around a few more series, most notably The Mentalist before she landed one her most memorable roles as Wade Wilson’s girlfriend in Deadpool and the sequel Deadpool 2.


How can we not mention her time on the hit series Gotham? We can’t. In what was first a recurring role in season one, turned into a full-time role for Morena Baccarin by the time season 2 came along.

Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin on Gotham

As Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Morena Baccarin eventually became the love interest of James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie. Fun fact, in real life Baccarin and McKenzie first became romantically linked on the show, then announced they were having a baby, and eventually married. They remain married.


Morena Baccarin had (and still may have) a goal. That was to be a Bond girl (though now they may be calling themselves Bond women). Why not?

The list of actresses who have portrayed Bond girls is impressive. Ursula Andress, Honor Blackman, Jill St. John, Jane Seymour, Barbara Bach, Halle Berry, Monica Bellucci. These are but a few of the iconic women to play iconic roles in a James Bond movie. So, can you blame Baccarin for wanting to join that list?

Bond Girl

“I would love to be a Bond girl. That is on my bucket list, definitely,” Baccarin said in the past. And while that sentiment may still be true, she has also mentioned she’d be happy to play the lead and become the first female James Bond.

Morena Baccarin told The Talk, “I think pretty much like Bond, but female. I think why not. Have her do the same things. Have her have gadgets. Also, I think I like the idea of her being slightly emotionally vulnerable, but unable to make connections like he is. I think that’s fascinating…that would be fun.”


Morena Baccarin in Deadpool

Even though Gotham had its last hurrah in 2019 Morena Baccarin has not stopped working. She moved on to the series In Treatment, while also completing her time on CW’s The Flash, where she voiced the part of Gideon.

Even with the pandemic shutting things down, Morena Baccarin is slated to appear in many upcoming projects. Now 41-years-old she has three movies on tap: Greenland, Last Looks, and The Good House as well as the TV series Home Invasion.

But the question fans want an answer to is: what about Deadpool 3? Well according to Baccarin, while she hopes there is a spot for her in the possible third movie, she has yet to be approached. Baccarin recently told PeopleTV‘s Couch Surfing, “I have no idea. Apparently, they’re still writing it. I genuinely don’t know. I have not been asked or approached. There’s been no conversations yet, so I’m waiting with bated breath.” She also added, hoping her role would be “As big as possible. I mean, he [Reynolds] will always be the lead, but I would love to be right by his side.”

Maybe it’s just us, but it would be hard to see Wade Wilson moving on without Morena Baccarin by his side.