The James Bond film franchise is fifty years old!! AND there is about to be released the latest film starring Daniel Craig as 007, so we thought what better time could there be than for a celebration of the other stars of the show! The Bond Girls….. since the 1960's James Bond has relied upon and jumped upon a bevy of gorgeous Bond girls, they have in recent years become far more strident and characters in their own right, rather than simply swooning lovelies!
In a highly unscientific straw poll (otherwise known as 'my favourites'), we bring you some of the Bond girls from over the last 50 years!
- Catherine Schell - Nancy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- Angela Scoular - Ruby Bartlett in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- Diana Rigg - Teresa Di Vicenzo' in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- Mie Hama - Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice
- Akiko Wakabayashi - Aki in You Only Live Twice
- Tsai Chin – Ling in You Only Live Twice
- Martine Beswicke - Paula Caplan in Thunderball
- Claudine Auger - Dominique Derval in Thunderball
- Molly Peters - Patricia Fearing in Thunderball
- Honor Blackman - Pussy Galore in Goldfinger
Now aged 87, Honor Blackman played the unforgettable Pussy Galore in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger, her first words being the most famous in the film “My name is Pussy Galore'.
There is no chance you could get away with such unPC behaviour now, but the character of Pussy Galore was far from a pushover! Of course it goes without saying that in the end Bond got his woman, who was unable to not succumb to his charms.
At 37 Honor was the oldest Bond girl, but for many definitely the most memorable! Born in Plaistow in London, she is also well known for her role as Cathy Gayle in the 1960's British TV series The Avengers.
At 87 she is still acting and last appeared on our screen in September 2011 staring in an Episode of Doctor Who.
- Tania Mallet - Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger
- Shirley Eaton - Jill Masterson in Goldfinger
- Margaret Nolan - Dink in Goldfinger
- Martine Beswicke - Zora in From Russia With Love
- Aliza Gur - Vida in From Russia With Love
- Daniela Bianchi - Tatiana Romanov in From Russia With Love
- Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder in Dr. No
Ursula Andress won a Golden Globe for her role in the 1962 Bond film Dr No, in which she played Honey Ryder, and is for many the gold standard quintessential Bond girl, emerging from the sea in 'that' white bikini! Swiss actress Ursula Andress was born in 1936, making her now 76. Interestingly her voice was dubbed for the film, although perhaps unfairly it is probably true to say that most watching the film were less interested in voice than other assets!
Bond of course got his girl, but it wasn't until the end of the film that Honey Ryder as with all Bond girls ends up swooning in his arms!
Andress went on to star in films with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Laurence Olivier (with whom she has a son), but she will always be best known as Honey Ryder the Bond girl!
- Eunice Gayson - Sylvia Trench in Dr. No
- Emily Bolton - Manuela in Moonraker
- Lois Chiles - Dr Holly Goodhead) in Moonraker
- Corinne Clery - Corinne Dufour) in Moonraker
- Barbara Bach - Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me
American actress Barbara Bach (born Goldbach) starred as Major Anya Amasovad in the 1977 Bond film – The Spy Who Loved Me. Major AnyaAmasova (the KGB's Agent XXX) is a formidable character next to Bond, and sets a trend for a more independent and useful Bond girl, she is certainly as intelligent as Bond; for much of the film she is set on killing Bond (in revenge for him killing her lover) but, of course, he manages to persuade her into bed rather than pulling that trigger!
Bach went continued her acting career after Bond, starring with Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw in the 1978 film Force 10 from Navarone.
65 year old Bach married former Beatle Ringo Star in 1981.
- Olga Bisera - Felicca in The Spy Who Loved Me
- Sue Vanner - Log Cabin Girl in The Spy Who Loved Me
- Britt Ekland - Miss Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun
Swedish actress Britt Eckland (born Britt-Marie Eklund in 1942 (age 70)), starred as Miss Mary Goodnight in the 1974 Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Miss Mary Goodnight is a rather clumsy and somewhat annoying character! She is the one who pursues Bond, who seems for much of the film more interested in Andrea Anders (played by Maud Adams), and it could be said that it is Miss Mary Goodnight who eventually gets her man, rather than the other way round.
Unlike many of the earlier Bond girls Eckland is probably more well known for other things rather than her role as a Bond girl, she starred in the British cult horror film The Wicker Man, but is probably still best known for her social life and love life;
She married actor Peter Sellers in 1964, they divorced in 1968, but not before making three films together (1964 – Carol for Another Christmas, 1966 – After the Fox and 1967 – The Bobo).
She had another whirlwind and much publicised two-year relationship with Rod Stewart in 1975; and in 1984 she married the much younger rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (drummer in The Stray Cats) divorcing in 1992.
- Carmen du Sautoy - Saida in The Man With The Golden Gun
- Maud Adams - Andrea Anders in The Man With The Golden Gun
- Jane Seymour - Solitaire in Live And Let Die
- Madeline Smith - Miss Carus in Live And Let Die
- Lana Wood - Plenty O’Toole in Diamonds Are Forever
- Jill St. John - Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever
- Carey Lowell - Pam Bouvier in Licence To Kill
- Talisa Soto – Lupe Lamora in Licence To Kill
- Maryam d’ Abo – Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights
- Kell Tyler - Linda in The Living Daylights
- Fiona Fullerton - Pola Ivanova in A View To A Kill
56 year old Fiona Elizabeth Fullerton (born 10 October 1956) is a Nigerian-born British actress who starred as Pola Ivanova, a KGB spy in the 1985 Bond film, A View to a Kill, Fullerton's character, was not be turned by Bond, she stays loyal to the KGB, and to her mission, but this does not stop her of course enjoying some 'time' with Bond in a Jacuzzi, she is of course foiled by 007, who swaps a tape she has made with some rather pleasant oriental music!
Fullerton continued to star in films and on television in the UK (such as the popular BBC hospital series Angels), but she gave it all up after finding a flair for property development, and she is now a businesswoman, owning many properties in the UK (mainly in London), she lives in the Coltswolds with her second husband Neil Shackell, with whom she has two children.
- Tanya Roberts - Stacey Sutton in A View To A Kill
American actress Tanya Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum on 15 October 1955 – age 57) played Stacey Sutton in the 1985 Bond film, A View to a Kill (along with Fiona Fullerton above). Stacey Sutton was one of those few, but annoying Bond girls, who spend far too much time calling out “help me James” whilst most of the watching audience, end up preferring he didn’t! Stacey Sutton is a wealthy heiress, who 'helps' (or perhaps hinders) Bond. She is rewarded of course by a steamy shower (and the rest) with Bond.
Tanya Roberts is one of the few Bond girls more recognisable for her other roles, rather than as a Bond girl, and she starred as Julie Rogers in the fifth season of Charlie's Angels (1980–1981), and also as Midge Pinciotti in That '70s Show (from 1998–2001).
- Mary Stavin - Kimberley Jone in A View To A Kill
- Maud Adams - Octopussy in Octopussy
- Kristina Wayborn - Magda in Octopussy
- Cassandra Harris - Countess Lisl in For Your Eyes Only
- Lynn-Holly Johnson - Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only
- Carole Bouquet - Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only
- Denise Richards - Dr. Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough
41 year old American actress Denise Lee Richards starred as Dr Christmas Jones in the 1999 Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Although Richardswas only 28 at the time of the film, she plays a doctor in Atomic Physics and expert in Nuclear Weapons, perhaps slightly unconvincingly, however she puts in a good performance, helping Bond and needing rescuing only once! The World Is Not Enough ends with Bond and Christmas in Turkey doing what Bond always ends up doing with Bond girls!
A former fashion model, as well as The World Is Not Enough, Richards has starred in films including Starship Troopers in 1997, Wild Things in 1998, Scary Movie 3 in 2002 and Love Actually in 2003. But she has also starred in many TV series' in the USA, including her very own reality show Denise Richards: It's Complicated.
Richards is another Bond girl whose private life has caused much press interest (hence one would assume the above reality TV show), she married the variously troubled actor Charlie Sheen in 2002, filing for divorce in 2005, the couple have two daughters together and in recent years they seem on far better terms, appearing together on screen more than once.
Richards has been a fervent supporter of animal welfare charities.
- Serena Scott - Dr. Molly Warmflash in The World Is Not Enough
- Teri Hatcher - Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies
- Michelle Yeoh - Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies
Malaysian Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh (or Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng) was born 6 August 1963, and lives in Hong Kong, she starred inthe 1997 Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Yeoh plays Wai Lin, a Red Chinese agent for The People's External Security Force whose mission matches that of Bond in the film. The two team up together, with Wai Lin it seems, managing to usurp Bond at many turns, an expert in martial arts, she certainly doesn't need rescuing and we don’t hear the refrain of 'help me James', she is more than very capable of looking after herself. It takes the end of the successful mission for her to finally succumb to the spy's charms! But of course
succumb she does!
Yeoh is probably better known for her role in the amazing Chinese language martial arts film – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which she received in 2000 a BAFTA nomination for "Best Actress".
Her acting career has continued, and in 2005, she starred in the beautiful film adaptation of the book Memoirs of a Geisha, and in 2008, in the action film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.
Since then she gone onto star in The Lady, a film in which she plays Aung San Suu Kyi – Yeoh described the film as "an incredible love story" against the background of "political turmoil". The film caused her deportation from Burma in June 2011!
- Cecilie Thomsen - Professor Inga Bergstrom in Tomorrow Never Dies
- Izabella Scorupco - Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova in Goldeneye
- Serena Gordon - Caroline in Goldeneye
The recent ones!
- Rachel Grant - Peaceful Fountains of Desire in Die Another Day
- Halle Berry - Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson in Die Another Day
- Caterina Murino - Solange in Casino Royale
- Eva Green - Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale
32 year old French actress Eva Gaëlle Green starred alongside Daniel Craig in his first Bond film – Casino Royale as Vesper Lynd, A complicated character, who eventually ends up dead Vesper works for HM Treasury Financial Action Task Force and has the job of keeping Bond in check when he needs sizable funds to gamble. Initially unimpressed by the special agent, it takes a few rescues, torture and near death experiences for Vesper to fall in love with Bond, however it all ends up in tears and the demise of Vesper.
Eva Green is a successful modern actress, with a impressive filmography, showing that for today's Bond girls, there is more to an acting career than just Bond:
The Dreamers – 2003 as Isabelle
Arsène Lupin – 2004 as Clarisse de Dreux-Soubise
Kingdom of Heaven – 2005 as Sibylla
The Golden Compass – 2007 as Serafina Pekkala
Franklyn – 2009 as Emilia Sally
Cracks – 2009 as Miss G
Womb – 2010 as Rebecca
Perfect Sense – 2011 as Susan
Camelot – 2011 as Morgan Pendragon
Dark Shadows – 2012 as Angelique Bouchard
300: Rise of an Empire – due for release in 2013 as Artemisia
But what is true of Green and all Bond girls is her beauty and in 2007 she was voted the sixth sexiest movie star of all-time by Empire Magazine; and Empire Magazine also listed Vesper Lynd as the ninth sexiest female character in cinema history, plus in 2011, Los Angeles Times Magazine listed her at number 18 in their 50 most beautiful women in film.
Skyfall – 2013
British actress Naomie Melanie Harris (age 36 – born 6 September 1976) will star in the latest Bond film. Before this, her biggest role to date was as Selena in Danny Boyle's film 28 Days Later, she has also starred in two Pirates of the Caribbean films.
In Skyfall Harris plays a Miss Moneypenny, pseudonym "Eve", although Harris herself has described Eve as a “field agent'. We will have to wait and see if Harris is in fact the new Miss Moneypenny. If she is, its fair to say she wont be given the chance to get too up close and personal with Bond!
French actress Bérénice Marlohe (age 33 – born 19 May 1979), unknown in the UK or outside of France, upto now her work has mainly been on French television, including Père et Maire, Femmes de loi, and Equipe médicale d’urgence. She is currently filming with Sophie Marceau a French film – Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul.
In Skyfall Marlohe plays Sévérine, whom Marlohe has described 'glamorous and enigmatic'.
Skyfall is on general release in the UK on 26 October 2012