In 1977, the French acting student is chosen as the leading role in Luis Bunuel's Cet Obscur Objet du Désir before Bertrand Blier's comedy, Buffet Froid, in 1979, opposite Gerard Depardieu who would later become her romantic partner. In 1981, she is cast as For your Eyes Only’s James Bond Girl, opposite Roger Moore and meets with international stardom. Although Hollywood's doors are now open for the actress, Carole Bouquet prefers to privilege European films and stars in such films as Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, in 1984 and Trop Belle pour Toi, in 1989 which install her as one of France's major leading ladies. The same year, she appears in Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese's anthology New York Stories but, once again, returns to her beloved France where she delivers one of her most memorable roles in 1997, with Lucie Aubrac. While the actress has remained active with such films as Blanche, in 2002 and Bienvenue chez les Rozes, in 2004, she has turned herself towards further passions such as wine producing in her Sicilian house. A model of elegance and an alluring beauty remarked by Chanel during the 1980s, Carole Bouquet could have become one of those distant 'grande dame' of French cinema but instead, despite her refined manners and somehow snob elocution, has installed a certain proximity with the public by her mischievous humour, her appetite for all goods things in life and her past relationship with ultra-popular Gérard Depardieu.