Almost 35 years after her killer part in A View to a Kill, the 14th James Bond movie, Grace Jones was meant to appear in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s next James Bond movie, so far known as Bond 25 and planned for February 2020. But, at 71, the Jamaican singer and model does not want a small cameo and a few lines. She refused to appear in the movie. Speaking about lines… Grace Jones spoke to Numéro a few years ago about being an andogyn icon of the 1980s. Take a look back at the shock interview of the unshakeable diva.
Numéro: Why did you change your name from Mendoza to Jones?
Grace Jones: My name was always Jones. False rumors spread on the Net so fast that it becomes impossible to tell the difference between fact and fiction.
Many people have described Andy Warhol as Machiavellian and manipulative. Is that your memory of him as well?
He was completely the contrary, likable and open, and always very generous, at least with me. We spent our time in galleries and bars, and when he cloistered himself away in the Factory, he made sure there were always people around him. We were always insatiably curious and spent hours, openmouthed and wide-eyed, marveling at everything around us: “Look at this, look at that, Andy, it’s too great!”
I spent some funny times with Yves, it's true. I remember one concert at the Palace, when I walked into the crowd before climbing onto the balcony, where I found myself completely naked.
Some say that the Studio 54 dancefloor was like a ski run covered with powder.
At the time, it wasn’t so much a question of quantity as of quality. Doing cocaine was a lot more festive and social then. We snorted it like others drank coffee. And it was never hidden. The proof: at Studio 54, a huge coke spoon was hung above the dancefloor. Today, things are a lot less convivial— people disappear into the bathroom every five minutes.
Do you think the media lynching meted out to Amy Winehouse and other divas is merited?
The more we stigmatize illicit substances, the easier it is for giant pharmaceutical companies to sell tranquilizers and mood enhancers. They’re playing their cards right. Many of my friends have overdosed on prescription drugs. The media witch hunt seems completely hypocritical to me.