Kate Upton New Bond Girl? Golf Digest Cover Could Help Shape New Image For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model [PHOTOS]

By Carly Shields October 30, 2013 6:39 PM EDT
Kate Upton poses with herself on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (Photo: Reuters)
Kate Upton poses with herself on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (Photo: Reuters)

Is supermodel Kate Upton taking her image in a sporty new direction? Upton is best known for her tousled blonde locks and sexy swimsuit photos, but lately she's been showing off an athletic side. The bombshell recently made another appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but this time she traded in her bikini for a Braves baseball uniform and struck a pose beside MLB brothers B.J. and Justin Upton.

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The swimsuit model was also recently shown on the cover of Golf Digest's December issue, sporting it up next to the 87-year-old golf legend Arnold Palmer. Upton visited Palmer at his golf course in Florida, where they putted and swung some clubs together, and the verdict was the supermodel held her own on the green.

"Kate, like any golfer, is going to find her ball in some tough places," Palmer said in the golf magazine. "But she'll also have some exhilarating success."

Clearly Palmer saw some athletic potential in the swimsuit model, and we're wondering if this new spin on Upton's image has anything to do with plans for a certain iconic movie role she's had her eye on for awhile. Upton has publicly expressed her desire to appear in a James Bond movie someday. Maybe she's getting ready to walk the Bond Girl walk in the next action flick!   

Upton told the New York Post at the Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 premiere in 2012, "It's a very prestigious title, and it would be a very cool role. I would need to go through some intense training to learn all the Bond Girl moves."

Halle Berry and Pierce Bronsan at the world premiere of Die Another Day in London November 18, 2002. (Photo: Reuters)
Halle Berry and Pierce Bronsan at the world premiere of Die Another Day in London November 18, 2002. (Photo: Reuters)

The Bond Girl has to be beautiful, sexy, athletic, feminine and sophisticated all wrapped into one, making the role as challenging as it is prestigious. Ursula Andress, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Caroline Munro, Caterina Murino and Halle Berry are a few of the many infamous and yet beautiful lucky women who have been chosen to be the love interest of the iconic James Bond character.

And Upton's favorite choice, Halle Berry, began her successful acting career as a pageant girl, which is not too far-fetched from the blond model and her beauty career as well.

It has yet to be mentioned who the film producers are interested in casting as the next lucky celebrity to stand beside James Bond. But with Upton's new athletic adventures on top of her established beauty and sophistication, she sure is making a fine case for herself. 

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