10 Most Memorable Bond Girls
When Ian Fleming created the chauvinist hero, James Bond, it was fitting that he made women the perfect foil for the martini swilling dashing spy.
The Bond films throughout the years have featured a bevy of Bond beauties that played more than just being eye candy. Some had savvy acumen to ensnare and outwit 007. Some assisted him in his various missions to save the free world. A couple might have saved his life. And there were a few that successfully beat the crap out of him.
But while it was said that the role of a Bond girl was a coveted one – more so for the publicity that comes with the film rather than for the stretching of any acting chops – some of these roles were rather one dimensional and lackluster.
As Spectre, the 24th Bond film, hits the theater this weekend, we round up some of the most memorable Bond ladies that left a lasting impression throughout the years.
8. HONOR BLACKMAN GOLDFINGER
With the hilariously double entendre name of Pussy Galore, Blackman was the oldest Bond lady at age 39. (That is now eclipsed by the latest Bond flick which features Monica Bellucci, 50.) Blackman did her own stunts in Goldfinger and had a memorable fight in a haystack with the superspy.
7. EVA GREEN CASINO ROYALE
This French actress brought a quiet and mysterious beauty to the part. Playing Vesper Lynd, she was one of only two women in the Bond canon that was his true love. And she made the ultimate sacrifice of ending her life to save his.
6. MICHELLE YEOH TOMORROW NEVER DIES
One of the rare Bond girls of colour, she was not just beautiful, as Wai Lin, a strong and tough fighter, she completely kicks ass – including Bond’s – in the movie.
5. CAROLE BOUQUET FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
This gloriously maned Bond girl with the vulnerable and beautiful face (She was a Chanel model) belied how dangerous she can be with a crossbow as Melina Havelock, out to avenge the murder of her parents.
4. FAMKE JANSSEN GOLDENEYE
Playing villainess, Xenia Onatopp, this lethal Bond beauty had a unique way of killing off adversaries – sometimes using sex as a weapon by literally crushing men between her powerful thighs.
1.GRACE JONES A VIEW TO A KILL
Quite possibly the only Bond actress who scared the living daylights out of actor Roger Moore, who reportedly on set said, “Please stop looking at me like that, with such venom.” However, as May Day, she was a spectacular villainess and she scene where she leaps off the Eiffel Tower, only to paraglide down the Seine River, remains one of those utterly cool, thrilling, over-the-top action sequences in a Bond film – except it was a Bond babe in action.