She's the first woman aged 50 to play a Bond girl, and she knows it's a big [censored] deal.

Monica Bellucci is the oldest woman to be one of Bond's love interests. We're so on board.

After Meryl Streep turned 40, she was offered three different roles as witches — within the same year!

Coincidence? Maybe ... but probably not.



Winifred is not having it. GIF via "Hocus Pocus."

"Once women passed childbearing age they could only be seen as grotesque on some level," she told Vogue of the experience.

See? Even Meryl Streep has fallen victim to Hollywood's sexist, ageist, awful ways!

Stories like Streep's are why we are so on board with 50-year-old Monica Bellucci being cast in the new James Bond movie.

The first full-length trailer for "Spectre" was released July 21, 2015. It. Looks. Awesome.

At 50, Bellucci is the oldest woman to play a Bond girl.

Or, as she'd prefer, Bond "woman."

"Do I have to replace Judi Dench?" she joked to The Sunday Times about her playing the role. "I told [director Sam Mendes] he would be a hero among women for casting me in 'Spectre.'"

"For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman."

Photo by Tiziana Fabi, Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images.

Preach, girl (er, woman). It's not just the fact Bellucci has at age 50 landed a coveted role typically reserved for younger gals (although that's wonderful). The age gap between her and Daniel Craig — who plays Bond in "Spectre" — is just three years (Craig is 47).

While Bond has been romantically involved with women closer in age in past movies, the franchise does have a history of pairing the lead actor with ridiculously younger "girls."

Remember when Roger Moore, who played Bond in "A View to a Kill" was older than Tanya Roberts' mother? (Yeeeaah. Awkward.)

This is a big deal because women of a certain age are often overlooked for roles that go to much younger actresses.

The silver screen loves pairing younger women with older men. Take, for instance, actress Emma Stone. She's 26 years old, but — throughout the past year — has had four onscreen male love interests who were over 40.

GIF via "I Love Lucy."

We're not trying to shame any couple based on age — hey, age is just a number, right? — but Hollywood often sacrifices more realistic, age-appropriate relationships in favor of having more youthful women on screen.

And that means fewer opportunities for women who aren't in their 20s or 30s.

Ageism in Hollywood doesn't just affect opportunities for women, though — it affects their bank accounts, too.

On average, male movie stars reach their peak earning potential at age 51. For women, it's 34. Yeah, that's right. Men in Hollywood enjoy 17 more years of their stock rising, all while their female counterparts watch their values depreciate (rapidly) via their paychecks.

Sure, George Clooney may have to start enduring some "old guy" jokes at the party. But at least his paychecks haven't been shrinking due to those gray hairs of his.

Thankfully, more women are challenging the status quo.

A sketch by Amy Schumer featuring Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette poking fun at Hollywood's ageist ways went viral earlier this year.

For three years in a row, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hilariously took advantage of their national platform hosting the Golden Globes to call out the problem.

And — years after walking away from those opportunities to play a witch — Meryl Streep launched a screenwriting lab for women over 40 through the organization New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT).

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

“After decades of ageism and sexism in our culture and in our films, the complex voices of mature women are in danger of being lost entirely," NYWIFT director Terry Lawler said in a statement. "Women must address this inequality by taking ownership of that narrative."

Just like every other group, older women deserve for their stories to be told on screen.

Cheers to Monica Bellucci for adding her two cents to that narrative.

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Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

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Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

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It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

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Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

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