1962 - 2008: Five Decades Of The Bond Girls
They're gorgeous, they're easy and they look good in bikinis - the lovelies who Bond lays and (usually) lays aside form an intrinsic part of the films' appeal, so we've gathered the hottest and most glamorous of Bond's babes for a serious, in-depth look at what makes them tick.
1962 - Honey Ryder
Played by Ursula Andress One of the most memorable Bond moments came when Honey Ryder (played by Ursula Andress) emerges from the sea in her iconic white bikini singing Underneath The Mango Tree in Dr. No (1962). As the first ever Bond girl, Andress' strong but sensual look set a meter stick for every Bond girl to come.
1964 - Pussy Galore
Played by Honor Blackman Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore is the quintessential Bond bad girl. Blackman was the first of three female Avengers stars to appear in a Bond film, followed later by Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley. As a man-hating pilot, Pussy Galore injected some kick-ass feminism (even lesbianism) into Goldfinger (1964), but even she couldn't resist 007's charms for long..
1964 - Jill Masterson
Played by Shirley Eaton Golden girl Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) became a cool pin-up of the sixties and this year appeared on one of Empire's 100 covers to celebrate the Top 500 Movies Ever Made. The scene in Goldfinger (1964) where she is found dead painted gold prompted various rumors that she had died on set due to skin asphyxiation, but she is very much alive and well, and an Empire fan to boot.
1967 - Kissy Suzuki
Played by Mie Hama One of the cutest names in Bond girl history, Kissy Suzuki's moniker was never even mentioned in You Only Live Twice (1967). A Japanese secret service agent who assumes the guise of a shell diving Ama girl, Kissy is enlisted by Bond to pose as his wife for cover. Interestingly, Mie Hama was ill during the shoot and was doubled for her diving scenes by Sean Connery's actual wife. Hama also had a cult hit as the damsel in distress in the original King Kong vs. Godzilla.
1967 - Vesper Lynd
Played by Ursula Andress The original Casino Royale (1967) was, ironically a Bond parody, and saw Ursula Andress return to the Bond girl fold as Vesper Lynd. Vamping it up as a double agent, Andress works the bad girl role. The Swiss beauty's defined features and sculpted curves make her the definitive Bond girl - even if she was playing opposite Peter Sellers this time rather than Connery.
1969 - Tracy Draco
Played by Diana Rigg Another Avenger, Diana Rigg played Tracy Draco in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). 007's one true love, Tracey was the suicidal daughter of crime boss Draco, whom Bond saves and later marries. Starring alongside one-time-Bond George Lazenby, Rigg's character made her mark on the franchise, with subsequent Bonds displaying a much more jaded view of the girls following her tragic murder just minutes after their wedding.
1971 - Plenty O'Toole
Played by Lana Wood With the most hilariously tongue-in-cheek Bond girl names since Pussy Galore, Plenty O'Toole (played by the gorgeous Lana Wood) is one of the most noticeable of all the bit-part Bond girls. From her busty introduction in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), to her quick exit through the hotel window, Plenty showed that Bond would be nothing without his bevy of beauties.
1973 - Solitaire
Played by Jane Seymour The divinely beautiful Jane Seymour played Solitaire in Live and Let Die (1973), a a seemingly magical tarot reader who plays a vital part in Bond's mission. Sadly for her, her powers are linked to her virginity, which doesn't last long with Bond around. Seymour went on to star in the original Battlestar Galactica, become Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, and was awarded an OBE in 1999.
1974 - Mary Goodnight
Played by Britt Ekland Britt Ekland played a different sort of Bond girl with her comic turn as Mary Goodnight in The Man With the Golden Gun (1974). She is Bond's contact on a mission in the Far East, but turns out to be as bumbling as she is beautiful. Producers upgraded Swedish Ekland's role when they saw her in a bikini, and she went on to international stardom, married Bond satirist Peter Sellers, and remains one of the most enduringly gorgeous of the Bond girls.
1974 - Andrea Anders
Played by Maud Adams Maud Adams was a Bond girl twice, once as Andrea Anders - girlfriend of Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - and then as jewellery smuggler Octopussy (1983) in the film of the same name. As Anders, she tries to aid Bond and escape the control of her hitman boyfriend, but when he finds out she has double-crossed him, Scaramanga kills her.
1977 - Anya Amasova
Played by Barbara Bach One of the sexiest Bond vixens and a super strong Russian secret-agent, Major Anya Amasova (played by Babara Bach) hooks up with Roger Moore's Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Certainly earning her code name XXX with an eye-catching collection of revealing outfits, in real life Bach married Beatle Ringo Starr in 1981.
1979 - Holly Goodhead
Played by Lois Chiles Top model Lois Chiles was originally first choice for the role of Anya 'XXX' Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me, but ended up as main Bond girl Holly Goodhead in Moonraker (1979) instead. Holly was perhaps the smartest Bond girl ever (despite the name), an astrophysicist working for the CIA, which came in handy when she was required to pilot a shuttle to villain Drax's space station. Chiles is one of the most enduring beauties of the roster of Bond babes, and looks practically the same now as in her heyday.
1983 - Domino Petacchi
Played by Kim Basinger Kim Basinger's role of Domino in unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983) was her big movie debut, as the beauty recreated the character from Thunderball (1965). Domino is villain Largo's mistress, but goes against him in favour of Bond when she learns of her beloved brother's death. Kim Basinger went on to be one of the most popular and iconic actresses of the 1980s and 90s with significant roles in Batman and an Oscar winning turn in LA Confidential.
1985 - MayDay
Played by Grace Jones One of the craziest Bond girls, MayDay was played by pop star and outrageous fashionista Grace Jones. As Zorin's hench-woman, MayDay kills Bond's contact in Paris and, in a dramatic chase scene, escapes him by skydiving from the Eiffel Tower. They still dally in bed though - although Roger Moore recently revealed that she brought along a large black dildo when they were filming that scene as a joke.
1989 - Pam Bouvier
Played by Carey Lowell With a certain impish charm which flew in the face of the fussy 80s look, Carey Lowell became a Bond girl pin-up for a generation for her role as Pam Bouvier in Licence To Kill (1989). Playing a CIA agent undercover to keep an eye on drug dealer Franz Sanchez, Bond relies heavily on Pam, and eventually falls for her over the beautiful Lupe. Lowell, a former Calvin Klein model, is now married to Richard Gere.
1995 - Xenia Onatopp
Played by Famke Janssen The Bond girl with the baddest skills, Xenia Onatopp is a gleefully sadistic KGB assassin who crushes victims between her thighs of steel in Golden Eye (1995). Janssen is probably one of the most successful ex-Bond girls, also starring as Jean Grey in the X-Men franchise. She once said: "Looking back, boy, has there ever been a stigma in being a Bond Girl. That's what my mission in life is, just to prove them wrong."
1997 - Wai Lin
Played by Michelle Yeoh Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh is one of the most physically capable Bond girls. In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) her Wai Lin is a Chinese agent skilled in karate and equipped with gadgets that more than match up to Bond's. Yeoh is a trained ballet dancer, which she uses to her advantage during the complex martial arts and fight scenes she has become associated, in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
1997 - Paris Carver
Played by Teri Hatcher Terri Hatcher wasn't always a Desperate Housewife, but her role in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) marked a departure for the actress for several years until her revival in the popular TV show. Prior to Bond, Hatcher was best known for her role as Lois Lane in The New Adventures of Superman. Here she is the villain's wife, but rekindles a former liaison with Bond when he comes back into her life, to the anger of her husband, who promptly kills her. Like, consider that a divorce.
1999 - Christmas Jones
Played by Denise Richards Now the star of her own reality show, pin-up Denise Richards was an unlikely choice for the role of nuclear physicist Dr Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough (1999). However, despite her Lara Croft-esque hot pants and boots combo, Christmas tries hard to be a serious Bond girl, defusing a nuclear bomb and saving Bond's life. Once married to Charlie Sheen, a bitter divorce appears to have put paid to Richards' acting career, and moved her into the world of celebrity.
1999 - Elektra King
Played by Sophie Marceau Critically acclaimed French actress Sophie Marceau gives double-crossing Elektra King a thoroughly cunning allure in The World Is Not Enough (1999). When Bond wises up to her lies, however, he dispenses with her without hesitation. Marceau has recently turned Bond herself, sort of, in a role as an undercover operative in the French film Female Agents.
2002 - Jinx
Played by Halle Berry There was talk of a spin-off movie for Halle Berry's Jinx after Die Another Day (2002), given her stardom and the sassy edge to the role. In a reference to Honey Ryder in Dr. No, Jinx is first seen emerging from the sea in a 60s-style orange bikini that caused men around the world to catch their breath. Although a very tough cookie (as is typical to the later Bond films), Jinx has to be rescued by Pierce Brosnan's Bond more than once.
2006 - Vesper Lynd
Played by Eva Green Another promising and beautiful French actress, Eva Green took up the mantle as a revamped Bond's love interest in the new Casino Royale (2006). This story took Daniel Craig's Bond back to his origins, with the new Vesper Lynd mixing a sense of classic refinement with an air of danger. 007 vows to never trust another woman after he falls for Vesper, only to learn that she has deceived him - so she's arguably the root of his womanizing ways. Otherwise known for her role in Bertolluci's The Dreamers and Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, Green is also the face of Christian Dior's Midnight Poison fragrance.
2008 - Agent Fields
Played by Gemma Arterton
Up and coming British actress Arterton graduated from St Trinians to Bond girl status with her role as Agent Fields in Quantum of Solace (2008), who enjoys a professional liaison with Bond that we're prepared to bet will get a little personal. Arterton looks set to follow Bond with a number of interesting roles, including Prince of Persia in 2009.
2008 - Camille
Played by Olga Kurylenko
Promising some kickass action following her role in video game movie Hitman, model and actress Kurylenko is the one who's supposed to be the female equal to Craig's Bond. On his quest for vengeance over the death of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, he meets Camille who is on course for her own vendetta - we're sure that initial clashes are followed by a quick alliance to go after the guys responsible.