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A Bond Girl is a character or the actress portraying a love interest or sex object of James Bond in a film, novel or video game. They typically have names that are double entendres, such as "Pussy Galore" or "Plenty O'Toole."

Generally, Bond girls are victims rescued by Bond, fellow agents or allies, villainesses or members of an enemy organization, or merely eye candy that have no direct interaction with James Bond whatsoever. Other female characters such as Judi Dench's M, Rosa Klebb, Irma Bunt and Miss Moneypenny are not classified as Bond girls.

The role of a Bond girl is typically a high-profile part that can give a major boost to the career of unestablished actresses, although there have been a number of Bond girls that were well-established prior to gaining their role. For instance, Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman were both Bond girls after becoming major stars for their roles on the television series, The Avengers. Additionally, Halle Berry won an Academy Award in 2002, an award presented to her while in the midst of filming Die Another Day.

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Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, the first main Bond girl in the official films.

History

Pussy Galore

Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger

Ursula Andress is often considered the first Bond girl, playing Honey Ryder in the film Dr. No (1962). She was, however, preceded by Eunice Gayson who played the character Sylvia Trench. Trench is the only Bond girl to appear as the same character in more than one film, appearing again in From Russia with Love (1963). Initially, Trench was planned to be a regular girlfriend of Bond's in the series, but was subsequently dropped after the encore appearance.

It should be noted that Valerie Mathis was the first ever Bond girl on screen in the 1954 version of Casino Royale. She was played by Linda Christian.

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Linda Christian - the very first Bond girl to appear on screen in 1954.

To date, only two Bond girls has captured the heart of James Bond. Tracy di Vicenzo played by Diana Rigg, marries Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). At film's end, Tracy Bond is gunned down by 007's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. It was initially planned that her death would actually occur in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this idea was dropped during filming of On Her Majesty's Secret Service when current-Bond George Lazenby announced he would step down from the role and the other girl is Vesper Lynd who was secretly working for Bond's enemies and shared the same fate.

Within the official series, Maud Adams is the only actress to portray a main character as two different Bond girls in two different films, starting as Andrea Anders in The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974 and again as the title character in Octopussy (1983). She additionally appears as an extra in a third Bond film, A View to a Kill in 1985. Two other girls, Martine Beswick (Thunderball) and Nadja Regin (Goldfinger) also appear in a second adventure, appearing first in From Russia with Love. Tsai Chin appeared in two Bond films as well You Only Live Twice (1967) as a Ling and later as Madame Wu in Casino Royale (2006).

In 1995 Famke Janssen, who portrayed Xenia Onatopp, was considered the only major female character (and villain) whom Bond does not bed. However in 2008, lead Bond Girl Camille Montes also shows a restraint to Bond's usually forward charms.

Becoming more frequent, traditional Bond girls that have romantic trysts with Bond, are later discovered to be villainesses starting with Sophie Marceau's Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Miranda Frost played by Rosamund Pike in Die Another Day (2002).

In late 2014, it was announced that Monica Bellucci will play Lucia Sciarra in Spectre (2015). At age 50, Bellucci made record as the oldest Bond girl in the film series. Previously, Honor Blackman held record, playing Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, aged 39 in 1964. Both actresses play the unlikely role, of being a Bond girl older than James Bond.

Films

Official James Bond girls

Film Sexual encounters Actress Main Bond girl
Dr. No Sylvia Trench

Miss Taro

Honey Ryder

Eunice Gayson

Zena Marshall

Ursula Andress

Honey Ryder
From Russia with Love Sylvia Trench

Vida

Zora

Tatiana Romanova

Eunice Gayson

Aliza Gur

Martine Beswick

Daniela Bianchi

Tatiana Romanova
Goldfinger Bonita (implied)

Jill Masterson

Pussy Galore

Nadja Regin

Shirley Eaton

Honor Blackman

Pussy Galore
Thunderball Patricia Fearing

Paula Caplan (implied)

Fiona Volpe

Domino Derval

Molly Peters

Martine Beswick

Luciana Paluzzi

Claudine Auger

Domino Derval
You Only Live Twice Ling

Aki

Helga Brandt

Kissy Suzuki

Tsai Chin

Akiko Wakabayashi

Karin Dor

Mie Hama

Kissy Suzuki
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tracy Bond (Teresa di Vicenzo)

Ruby Bartlett

Nancy

Diana Rigg

Angela Scoular

Catherine Von Schell

Tracy Bond (Teresa di Vicenzo)
Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case

Plenty O'Toole

Jill St. John

Lana Wood

Tiffany Case

Live and Let Die Miss Caruso

Rosie Carver

Solitaire

Madeline Smith

Gloria Hendry

Jane Seymour

Solitaire
The Man with the Golden Gun Andrea Anders

Mary Goodnight

Maud Adams

Britt Ekland

Mary Goodnight
The Spy Who Loved Me Martine Blanchaud

Harem Tent Girl

Anya Amasova

Sue Vanner

Dawn Rodrigues

Barbara Bach

Anya Amasova

Moonraker Corinne Dufour

Manuela

Holly Goodhead

Corinne Clery

Emily Bolton

Lois Chiles

Holly Goodhead
For Your Eyes Only Countess Lisl von Schlaf
Melina Havelock
Cassandra Harris

Carole Bouquet

Melina Havelock
Octopussy Bianca (implied)

Magda

Octopussy

Tina Hudson

Kristina Wayborn

Maud Adams

Octopussy
A View to a Kill Kimberley Jones

May Day

Pola Ivanova

Stacey Sutton

Mary Stavin

Grace Jones


Fiona Fullerton

Tanya Roberts

Stacey Sutton
The Living Daylights Linda

Kara Milovy

Kell Tyler

Maryam d'Abo

Kara Milovy
Licence to Kill Pam Bouvier
Lupe Lamora
Carey Lowell
Talisa Soto
Pam Bouvier
GoldenEye Caroline

Xenia Onatopp

Natalya Simonova

Serena Gordon

Famke Janssen

Izabella Scorupco

Natalya Simonova
Tomorrow Never Dies Prof. Inga Bergstrom

Paris Carver

Wai Lin

Cecilie Thomsen

Teri Hatcher

Michelle Yeoh

Wai Lin
The World Is Not Enough Dr. Molly Warmflash

Elektra King

Dr. Christmas Jones

Serena Scott Thomas

Sophie Marceau

Denise Richards


Dr. Christmas Jones
Die Another Day Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson
Miranda Frost
Halle Berry
Rosamund Pike

Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson

Casino Royale
2006 version
Solange Dimitrios

Vesper Lynd

Caterina Murino

Eva Green

Vesper Lynd

Quantum of Solace Strawberry Fields Gemma Arterton Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko)
Skyfall Unnamed Girl

Sévérine

Tonia Sotiropoulou

Berenice Marlohe

Sévérine
Spectre Estrella (implied)

Lucia Sciarra

Madeleine Swann

Stephanie Sigman

Monica Bellucci

Léa Seydoux

Madeleine Swann

In addition to those actresses mentioned above, the Bond films traditionally have groups of women in the background whose general purpose is nothing more than eye candy: they include the sunbathing Miami beauties and Pussy Galore's Flying Circus in Goldfinger, the Thai girls at the kung fu school in The Man With the Golden Gun, Tiger Tananka's bathing beauties in You Only Live Twice, and Sheik Hossein's harem in The Spy Who Loved Me. However, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, and The Living Daylights these women were also referred to in the media as full fledge Bond girls to provide added publicity for the film through eye-catching magazine and newspaper appearances.

In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, they include Blofeld's Angels of Death. In Moonraker (1979) this included members of Hugo Drax's "master race" and a group of women encountered by Bond in the jungles of Brazil, in For Your Eyes Only (1981) many women were seen frolicking around a villain's pool, while in Octopussy (1983) they served mainly as the title character's servants and guards. In A View to A Kill (1985) they adorned Max Zorin's outdoor reception and in The Living Daylights (1987) they served as decorations at the villain's swimming pool and later Bond overpasses a harem in Tangiers. Although the Bond films haven't stopped making use of feminine "eye candy" completely, such large "Bond girl groups" have not featured again since The Living Daylights.

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Novels

Ian Fleming

Year released Novel Bond girl
1953 Casino Royale Vesper Lynd
1954 Live and Let Die Solitaire
1955 Moonraker Gala Brand
1956 Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case
1957 From Russia with Love Tatiana Romanova
1958 Dr. No Honeychile Ryder
1959 Goldfinger Tilly Masterton

Pussy Galore

Jill Masterton

1960 "From a View to a Kill" Mary Ann Russell
1960 "For Your Eyes Only" Judy Havelock
1960 "Quantum of Solace" Rhoda Llewellyn
1960 "Risico" Lisl Baum
1960 "The Hildebrand Rarity" Liz Krest
1961 Thunderball Dominetta "Domino" Vitali

Patricia Fearing

1962 The Spy Who Loved Me Vivienne Michel
1963 On Her Majesty's Secret Service Teresa di Vicenzo

Ruby Windsor

1964 You Only Live Twice Kissy Suzuki
1965 (posthumously) The Man with the Golden Gun Mary Goodnight

Tiffy

1966 (posthumously) "Octopussy" No Bond girl
1966 (posthumously) "The Living Daylights" "Trigger"
1966 (posthumously) "The Property of a Lady" Maria Freudenstein
1966 (posthumously) "007 in New York" Solange

Mary Goodnight was a supporting character in several Bond novels before graduating to full Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun. The short stories "Quantum of Solace", "The Living Daylights" and "The Property of a Lady" feature female characters in prominent roles, but none of these women interact with Bond in any sort of romantic fashion.

Kingsley Amis

Year released Novel Bond girl
1968 Colonel Sun Ariadne Alexandrou

John Gardner

Year released

Novel Bond girl
1981 Licence Renewed Lavender Peacock
Mary Jane Mashkin
1982 For Special Services Cedar Leiter
Nena Bismaquer
1983 Icebreaker Paula Vacker
Rivke Ingber
1984 Role of Honour Persephone Proud
Freddie Fortune
Cindy Chalmer
1986 Nobody Lives For Ever Sukie Tempesta
Nannie Norrich
1987 No Deals, Mr. Bond Ebbie Heritage
Heather Dare
1988 Scorpius Harriet Horner
1989 Win, Lose or Die Beatrice Maria da Ricci
Clover Pennington
Nikki Ratnikov
1990 Brokenclaw Sue Chi-Ho
1991 The Man from Barbarossa Nina Bibikova
Stephanie Adore
1992 Death is Forever Easy St. John
Praxi Simeon
1993 Never Send Flowers Flicka von Grüsse
1994 SeaFire
1996 COLD Sukie Tempesta
Beatrice da Ricci
Toni Nicolleti

Raymond Benson

Year released Novel Bond girl
1997 "Blast From the Past" Cheryl Haven
1997 Zero Minus Ten Sunni Pei
1998 The Facts of Death Niki Mirakos
1999 "Midsummer Night's Doom" Lisa Dergan*
1999 High Time to Kill Helena Marksbury
Gina Hollander
Hope Kendall
1999 "Live at Five" Janet Davies
Natalia Lustokov
2000 Doubleshot Heidi Taunt
2001 Never Dream of Dying Tylyn Mignonne
2002 The Man with the Red Tattoo Reiko Tamura
Mayumi McMahon

*Playboy Playmate Lisa Dergen is, to date, the only real-life person to be featured as a Bond girl in any literary Bond story.

Sebastian Faulks

Year released Novel Bond girl
2008 Devil May Care Scarlett Papava

Jeffrey Deaver

Year released Novel Bond girl
2011 Carte Blanche Felicity Willing

Ophelia Maidenstone

William Boyd

Year released Novel Bond girl
2013 Solo Bryce Fitzjohn

Efua Ogilvy-Grant

Anthony Horowitz

Year released Novel Bond girl
2015 Trigger Mortis Jeopardy Lane

Logan Fairfax

Pussy Galore

2018 Forever and a Day Joanne BrochetMonique de Troyes

Young Bond Novels

Charlie Higson

Novel Bond girl
SilverFin Wilder Lawless
Blood Fever Amy Goodenough
Double or Die Kelly Kelly
Hurricane Gold Precious Stone
By Royal Command Roan Powers

Steve Cole

Novel Bond girl
Shoot to Kill Boudicia "Boody" Price
Heads You Die Jagua
Maritsa
Strike Lightning Unknown

Comic strips

Comic strip Bond girl
River of Death Kitty Redwing
The Golden Ghost Velvet Lee
Fear Face Briony Thorne
Double Jeopardy Lalla Sadub
Starfire -
Trouble Spot Gretta
Isle of Condors Crystal Kelly

Video games

Game (production company) Bond girl Actress (if applicable)
Agent Under Fire (Electronic Arts) Zoe Nightshade Caron Pascoe
Nightfire (Electronic Arts)

Dominique Paradis
Zoe Nightshade

Alura McCall

Makiko Hayashi

Lena Reno
Jeanne Mori

Kimberly Davies
Tamlyn Tomita

Everything or Nothing (Electronic Arts) Serena St. Germaine
Dr. Katya Nadanova
Miss Nagai
Mya Starling
Shannon Elizabeth
Heidi Klum
Misaki Ito
Mýa Harrison
From Russia with Love (Electronic Arts) Tatiana Romanova
Eva Adara
Elizabeth Stark
Daniela Bianchi (likeness)
Maria Menounos
Natasha Bedingfield
Quantum of Solace (Activision) Camille Rivera
Vesper Lynd
Olga Kurylenko
Eva Green
GoldenEye 007 (2010) (Activision) Natalya Simonova Kirsty Mitchell
Blood Stone (Activision) Nicole Hunter Joss Stone
007 Legends (Activision)

Pussy Galore
Tracy Bond
Pam Bouvier
Jinx
Holly Goodhead

Honor Blackman (likeness)/ Natasha Little (voice actor)
Diana Rigg (likeness)
Carey Lowell (likeness/voice)
Gabriela Montaraz (likeness)/ Madalena Alberto (voice actor)
Jane Perry (likeness)/ Lois Chiles (voice)

TheGirlsofBondTimeilne

An out of date timeline of Bond Girls (1962-2012).

Trivia

  • After the release of For Your Eyes Only (1981) a background actress in a pool scene, Tula, was revealed to be a transsexual.
  • Vesper Lynd, the Bond girl from Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, is believed to be based on Christine Granville, a real-life SOE agent.
  • In 2002, former Bond girl Maryam d'Abo co-wrote the book Bond Girls Are Forever: The Women of James Bond. This book later became a DVD exclusive documentary featuring d'Abo and other Bond girls, including Ursula Andress. In some locations, the documentary was released as a gift with the purchase of Die Another Day on DVD An updated version was included on the original Casino Royale DVD..
  • Halle Berry and Kim Basinger are the only Oscar winners to play a Bond girl.
  • After the release of Die Another Day, MGM and EON Productions considered creating a spinoff series featuring Halle Berry's Jinx character. Plans for this were cancelled in 2003.
  • Early drafts of Die Another Day included an appearance by Wai Lin, but Michelle Yeoh was unavailable.
  • Media reports for The World is Not Enough indicated the producers planned to include cameo appearances by every surviving Bond girl actress, ranging from Ursula Andress to Michelle Yeoh, but that did not occur; however, one "eye-candy" Bond girl was played by Eunice Gayson's daughter.
  • Ursula Andress and Maud Adams remain, to date, the only actresses to have played more than one major Bond girl, although several other actresses have appeared more than once as "eye-candy" Bond girls.
  • It is interesting to note that while Jill is listed as an enemy on the Bond girl timeline, Pussy was more of an antagonist to Bond.

See also

External links

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