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30 Bond Women Then and Now


  • Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder, "Dr. No" (1962)
    Ursula Andress popularized the now-iconic scene where she steps out on the beach as Honey Ryder, a role for which she won a Golden Globe. The scene made Andress the "quintessential" Bond girl, Andress later said that she owed her career to that white bikini. The bikini she wore in the film sold at auction in 2001 for $59,755. Due to her heavy Swiss-German accent, her character's voice was provided by Nikki van der Zyl, while the calypso was sung by Diana Coupland. In 2005, Andress starred in small comedy The Bird Preachers. The following year she was named honorary citizen of her birthplace Ostermundigen. She later starred as Vesper Lynd in the Bond-parody Casino Royale.
  • Eunice Gayson. Sylvia Trench, "Dr. No" (1962) and "From Russia With Love" (1963)
    Eunice Gayson played Bond's girlfriend Sylvia Trench in two films. Originally, Gayson was going to be cast as Miss Moneypenny, but that part went to Lois Maxwell instead. She is the first official Bond girl. For a number of years she played the part of Frau Schrader (The Baroness) in the London production of The Sound Of Music at the Palace Theatre, singing two songs which were cut from the film version. She also played a major role in the Hammer horror film The Revenge of Frankenstein and was seen on TV in series such as The Saint and The Avengers. Gayson recently released her autobiography The First Lady of Bond. Her daughter, Kate, appeared as an extra in 1995's GoldenEye.
  • Tatiana Romanova, "From Russia with Love" (1963) Played by Daniela Bianchi.
    Model, ballet dancer and first runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant Daniela Bianchi debuted as a Bond girl in From Russia With Love. She played Soviet Army Intelligence Corporal Tatiana Romanova in the film. Her character Tatiana Romanova worked for the Soviet Embassy and was coerced to seduce Bond to lead him to his death. Her voice was dubbed by actress Barbra Jefford due to her heavy Italian accent. After Bond, Bianchi made a number of French and Italian movies. One of her later films was Operation Kid Brother, a James Bond spoof starring Sean Connery's brother, Neil Connery. Most recently in 2012 she appeared in a small role in the documentary film We're Nothing Like James Bond.
  • Jill Masterson, "Goldfinger" (1964) Played by Shirley Eaton
    Shirley Eaton became a sex symbol in the '60s after playing the role of Jill Masterson, the Bond girl who dies from getting covered in gold. Jill Masterson and Bond blackmail Goldfinger into losing his money before she was killed by Goldfinger's henchman Oddjob. Eaton appeared on the cover of Life Magazine and went on to make a few more films, including Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians. She officially retired from actin in 1969, but appeared as herself in a 2003 episode of Mythbusters since many believed that she had died during the filming of Goldfinger by skin suffocation as a result of being covered by gold paint. She published an autobiography, "Golden Girl," in 1999.
  • Pussy Galore, "Goldfinger" (1964) Played by Honor Blackman
    Also debuting in Goldfinger as a Bond Girl was Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore. Honor Blackman quit her role on "The Avengers" to appear as Pussy Galore. Also debuting in Goldfinger as a Bond Girl was Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore. United Artists landed Blackman for the role by incorporating her judo experience into the film. After Goldfinger, Blackman went on to star in the London revival of The Sound of Music in 1981 and the 2006 production of My Fair Lady. Blackman also appeared in several TV shows and recorded a full-length album titled Everything I’ve Got. She recently appeared in the 2012 British zombie comedy Cokneys vs Zombies.
  • Domino Derval, "Thunderball" (1965) Played by Claudine Auger
    French actress Claudine Auger is best known for her role as Dominique "Domino" Derval, the mistress of SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo, in Thunderball. Derval turns her back on Largo after Bond reveals to her that Largo had killed her brother. Before Bond, she was the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest. Auger was still acting in films (mostly foreign) up until 1997 when she appeared in French TV movie "The Red and the Black." Her last known American role was a 1992 romantic-drama called Salt On Our Skin.
  • Aki, "You Only Live Twice" (1967) Played by Akiko Wakabayashi
    Akiko Wakabayashi played Aki, a senior agent of the Japanese secret service in You Only Live Twice (1967). Aki saved Bond's life on many occasions, including once when she was poisoned by mistake by an assassin who meant to take out Bond. The Japanese former actress had made many movies in her native Japan prior to becoming a Bond Girl. Following the Bond movie, Wakabayashi made only one more film and a guest TV appearance on Shirley's World before disappearing from both the big and small screen.
  • Teresa Bond, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) Played by Diana Rigg
    British actress and sex symbol Diana Rigg played Teresa di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo was the most important girl in Bond's life, becoming Mrs. Tracy Bond by the end of the film. At their wedding, Bond vowed that they would have all the time in the world together but in an ironic twist, she was assassinated by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Prior to her role as a Bond girl, Rigg had made a name for herself as secret agent Mrs. Emma Peel on British cult series The Avengers. Rigg hoped that being a Bond girl would make her better known in America. Following the movie, she went on to have various roles including hosting Mystery! on PBS. More recently she starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in The Painted Veil, appeared in an episode of Doctor Who and secured a recurring role in the third season of Game of Thrones as Lady Olenna Tyrell.
  • Plenty O'Toole, "Diamonds Are Forever” (1971) Played by Lana Wood
    Lana Wood played the small, but memorable role of Plenty O'Toole. She helped Bond win $50,000 from craps before heading back to his suite where mobsters threw her out of the window into the pool below. Despite only three minutes of screen time, Plenty O’Toole remains Wood’s best-known role to date. Wood has appeared in more than 20 other films and over 300 TV episodes. After appearing in the horror film Demon Rage (1982), she retired from acting, concentrating on her career as a producer, but has since returned to acting in a number of low-budget films since 2008. She wrote the best-selling "Natalie, A Memoir by Her Sister" in 1984.
  • Tiffany Case, "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) Played by Jill St. John.
    Jill St. John has been heavily criticized for her role as diamond smuggler Tiffany Case. Tiffany Case was a diamond smuggler who was saved by Bond and later helped him defeat Ernst Stavro Blofeld. St. John was the first American to play a Bond girl. St. John was originally offered the role of Plenty O'Toole which went to Lana Wood. Following the film, she appeared in several TV shows including Magnum, P.I., The Love Boat, and Hart to Hart. In 1972, St. John largely left Hollywood behind and moved to Aspen, Colorado where she focused on personal interests and cooking. Eventually, she parlayed this into becoming a culinary personality. She released a self-titled cookbook in 1987. St. John went on to work in five films with husband Robert Wagner before retiring in 2002.
  • Solitaire, "Live and Let Die" (1973) Played by Jane Seymour
    Jane Seymour played tarot expert Solitaire. Gayle Hunnicutt was pegged for the role, but was pregnant at the time. After her stint as a Bond girl Seymour starred in a number of TV series and films including her role as Cathy Ames in East of Eden, for which she won a Golden Globe. Seyour also appeared in a pictorial for Playboy magazine in 1987. Seymour's best known for '90s series "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman." She keeps busy both as an ambassador for a non-profit Childhelp and in TV and film roles. She made guest appearances on WB series Smallville, played Kathleen Cleary in Wedding Crashers and was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. Seymour also started a career as a writer of self-help and inspirational books and designed the "Open Heart Collection" for Kay Jewelers. She recently appeared on ABC series Forever.
  • Maud Adams
    Former supermodel Maud Adams was so good at being a Bond girl, she played two of them! As one of the most famous females from the franchise, she first starred as Andrea Anders in 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun, then as the title character in 1983's Octopussy. Back then, Adams kept her figure trim, toned, and defined by doing Pilates with trainer Wanda Bouvier. The sexy Swedish actress also worked with Hollywood aerobic fitness expert Ken Alan, who once told the Deseret News, "Not only is she very bright, but she's one of those lucky people who can eat anything and not have a figure problem. She is simply a perfect physical specimen."
  • Mary Goodnight, "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974) Played by Britt Ekland
    Swedish actress and singer Britt Ekland played Bond's assistant, Mary Goodnight. The actress originally auditioned for the role of Andrea Anders, which eventually went to Maud Adams. Her character Mary Goodnight was Bond’s assistant in Hong Kong and previously his secretary in London. Prior to Bond, Ekland had been cast as the leading lady in several critically-acclaimed roles, establishing her role as a movie sex symbol. Following Bond, she starred in several biographical, horror and independent films. In the late 80s, Ekland shifted to stage and television. Ekland has appeared on TV series since, but has turned again and again to performing in various stage performances of Cinderella, most recently playing the Fairy Godmother from 2009 to 2010 at Princess Theatre in the UK. Most recently she took part in the 2010 season of I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! where she was the fourth to be voted off.
  • Anya Amasova, "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) Played by Barbara Bach
    Actress and model Barbara Bach played Bond girl Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), which gained her recognition as an international sex symbol and her own pictorial in the June issue of Playboy. Barbara Bach played Soviet KGB agent Triple X. She originally auditioned for any role in the film. The following year she appeared in Force 10 from Navarone, but lost out a role to Shelley Hack for the television series Charlie’s Angels. Bach was the cover girl and had her own pictorial for Playboy in 1981; she also had a cameo in the special September 1987 issue on the Bond girls. Bach has 28 films to her credit but stopped working as an actress in the mid-80s. Today, she is married to former Beatle Ringo Starr and the two live in the English village of Cranleigh. She has appeared in several of his music videos.
  • Holly Goodhead, "Moonraker" (1979) Played by Lois Chiles
    Lois Chiles starred in Moonraker (1979) as Holly Goodhead, a CIA agent working undercover as an astronaut. Chiles was originally approached to star in The Spy Who Loved Me but declined the role as she was taking a break from acting in light of her youngest brother's passing. Her film career never fully recovered. Post-Bond, Chiles appeared in a few major films where she was well-received before working in television and making cameos. In 2002, she taught a course in film acting at the University of Houston. More recently, she appeared in the finale of season five of CSI.
  • Bibi Dahl, "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) Played by Lynn-Holly Johnson
    Lynn-Holly Johnson's role as Olympic medalist hopeful Bibi Dahl wasn't coincidence. At the time, interest in the 1980 Lake Placid winter Olympics was high, and, Johnson happened to be a professional skater. After winning the silver medal at the novice level of the 1974 US Figure Skating Championships, Johnson left competitive skating to pursue acting. She made her film debut in Ice Castles, in which she played a figure skater and was nominated for a Golden Globe. In 1984 Johnson starred in Where The Boys Are. Johnson finished her acting career in 1996 to focus on her family. In 2007, she appeared in a theater production of "It's A Wonderful Life."
  • Melina Havelock, "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) Played by Carole Bouquet
    Carole Bouquet previously auditioned for the role of Holly Goodhead in Moonraker before landing the role of Melina Havelock. After Bond she continued to act in a number of mainstream European films and continues to do so in France. Bouquet modeled for Chanel through the '90s. She still acts frequently in French films. She most recently appeared on NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries. In 2014, she a member of the jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
  • May Day, "A View To A Kill" (1985) Played by Grace Jones.
    Jamaican singer-songwriter, supermodel, record producer and actress debuted as Bond girl May Day in A View To A Kill (1985). She played villain Max Zorin's bodyguard and lover May Day with super strength. Jones originally signed on as a model with Wilhelmina Modelling Agency in the early 1970s. In the mid 70s, she transitioned to music before making her cinematic debut as Zula the Amazonian in Conan the Destroyer (1984). After her role as a bond girl, she continued to record music and take on various acting roles. In 1990, she appeared in the Andy Warhol documentary. The singer continues to perform to this day and is working on a new album right now. She has a song, "Original Beast" on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I soundtrack.
  • Stacey Sutton, "A View To A Kill" (1985) Played by Tanya Roberts
    Tanya Roberts had early roles in the cult horror films Forced Entry (1975) and Tourist Trap (1979), before gaining fame as Julie Rogers on the series Charlie’s Angels. The former "Charlie's Angel" Tanya Roberts played geologist Stacey Sutton in A View to Kill. She was nominated by critics for a Razzie Award for the role. Roger Moore has said in commentary for the film he felt little chemistry between him and Roberts. Her other 90s film include Night Eyes, Body Slam and Purgatory. In 1998, Roberts took the role of Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show but left the series in 2001 when her husband became terminally ill.
  • Pam Bouvier, "License to Kill" (1989) Played by Carey Lowell
    Actress and former model Carey Lowell played Pam Bouvier in License To Kill (1989). Lowell originally broke into acting in Dangerously Close followed by a small role in the Robin Williams movie Club Paradise. After Bond, Lowell secured a role as DA Jamie Ross on NBC's Law & Order. Prior to accepting that role however, Lowell found her acting career at a lull and had applied to study documentary filmmaking at NYU. In 2012, Lowell lent her likeness and voice while reprising her License to Kill role in the video game 007 Legends.
  • Rosie Carver, "Live And Let Die" (1973) Played by Gloria Hendry
    In 1973, Gloria Hendry became the first African American to be involved with James Bond. She played CIA double agent Rosie Carver. Rosie Carver was an inept double agent for the CIA and heroin baron Dr. Kananga who was later killed by a hidden gun of Kananga's. Hendry went on to star in eight other films, with her most recent film role in the action comedy Freaky Deaky. Henry, who is of Seminole, Chinese, Creek Indian, Irish and African descent, completed a memoir entitled Gloria, in which she discusses Bond, films of the 70s and working as a Playboy Bunny.
  • Corinne Dufour, "Moonraker" (1979) Played by Corinne Clery
    French actress Corinne Clery played Corinne Dufour in Moonraker (1979) as Hugo Drax's personal assistant and pilot. Prior to becoming a Bond girl. Clery came to prominence in the controversial movie Story of O and appeared on the cover of French magazine Lui in which she is holding a huge copy of the book Story of O. Following Moonraker, most her films were Italian. She also starred in the films Covert Action, Hitch Hike with actor David Hess, Sergio Corbucci's The Con Artists with Adriano Celentano and Anthony Quinn, and the cult sci-fi film Yor, the Hunter from the Future.
  • Kara Milovy, "The Living Daylights" (1987) Played by Maryam D'Abo
    Former model Maryam d'Abo played Kara Milovy. She originally auditioned for the part of Pola Ivanova in A View to Kill. As a tie-in with the film, she also appeared in a Bond-themed Playboy cover and multi-page pictorial in the September 1987 issue. In 1988, she had a well-received role as Ta'Ra, an alien medical officer in the science fiction TV miniseries Something is Out There. Since then she has had roles in various low-budget straight-to-video films. d'Abo co-wrote Bond Girls Are Forever, which inspired a documentary between her and other Bond women. After recovering from a deathly brain hemorrhage in 2007, she began working on a documentary on survivors of vascular brain diseases.
  • Xenia Onatopp, "GoldenEye" (1995) Played by Famke Janssen
    Dutch actress Famke Janssen appeared in Pierce Brosnan's first James Bond film GoldenEye (1995) as femme fatale Xenia Onatopp. Soon after, she sought out more intriguing supporting roles, so not to be typecasted after her Bond girl performance. In 2000, Janssen landed the role of Dr. Jean Grey in Marvel Studios’s X-Men films. Janssen also played Lenore Mills in the Taken films. In 2011, Janssen made her directorial début with the drama Bringing Up Bobby. She currently stars in the Netflix Original horror thriller series Hemlock Grove.
  • Natalya Simonova, "GoldenEye" (1995) Played by Izabella Scorupco
    Polish-Swedish actress Izabella Scorupco played Bond girl Natalya Simonova in GoldenEye (1995). Prior to her role, Scorupc travelled throughout Europe working as a model and appeared on the cover of Vogue. In the early 90s, she also had a brief but successful career as a pop singer. After GoldenEye, she appeared in a few Swedish films and also guest-starred in an episode of Alias. In 2011, Scorupco reprised her singing career with Swedish musician Peter Joback. Scorupco hosted the 2012 series of Sweden's Next Top Model.
  • Paris Carver, "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997) Played by Teri Hatcher
    Former 49ers cheerleader Terri Hatcher caught her big break when she landed a starring role of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997. After the show ended, Hatcher became a Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), playing Paris Carver, an ex-lover of Bond’s. Hatcher went on to appear in Spy Kids, Heaven's Prisoners, and hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live before getting a lead role as Susan Mayer on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Since the show ended in 2012, she landed her voice to several animated films and TV shows and appeared in Jane By Design.
  • Wai Lin, "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997) Played by Michelle Yeoh
    The 1983 Miss Malaysia Michele Yeoh appeared as Red Chinese agent Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies. Michelle Yeoh starred as Chinese spy Wai Lin who worked alongside Bond. In the early 90s, she was brought to fame for performing her all of her own stunts. In 1997, she was chosen by People as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People In The World. Yeoh starred in Oscar-winning movies "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Memoirs of a Geisha." In 2002, she produced her first English film, The Touch, through her own production company, Mythical Films. She also lends her voice to video games. Yeoh has also recently branched out into television, as it was announced in September 2014 that she had accepted her first television role on the fifth and final season of Strike Back. Next year she will star in Netflix's first original movie, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.
  • Dr. Molly Warmflash, "The World Is Not Enough" (1999) Played by Serena Scott Thomas
    English actress Serena Scott Thomas is best known for her portrayal of the character Dr. Molly Warmflash in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. After her brief stint as a Bond girl, Scott Thomas played a watched in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Revelations", and starred in 2001's short lived series All Souls. She also played Bruce Willis' wife in Hostage and appeared on shows like Nip/Tuck and NCIS.
  • Elektra King, "The World Is Not Enough" (1999) Played by Sophie Marceau
    French actress Sophia Marceau started her career in French hit La Bou. After several French roles, Marceau achiever international recognition in 1995 playing the role of Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. Following that, Marceau became a Bond girl in 1999's The World Is Not Enough, where she played Elektra King, daughter of a wealthy oil baron. In recent years, Marceau has continued to appear in a wide variety of roles, but mainly in French films. She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Dr. Christmas Jones, "The World Is Not Enough" (1999) Played by Denise Richards
    In the 90s, actress Denis Richards appeared in low-budget films and television shows such as Saved By The Bell. Richards made her first major theatrical debut in Starship Troopers in21007. She followed that role with a role in Wild Things and was praised for transitioning from good girl type roles to manipulative villainess. Richards then became a Bond girl when she was cast as the nuclear physicist Christmas Jones in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Although her character was praised, Richards was criticized as "not credible" in the role and ranked one of the worst Bond girls of all time. Richards went on to have several roles and posed nude for Playboy in 2004, five months after giving birth.
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