Spectre, the latest in the Bond franchise is scheduled for release in the fall. Audiences worldwide often wait in anticipation for the announcement of the new Bond girl. There are 24 films in the Bond series and all of them have successfully introduced stunning beauties to the masses.
Before the release of the latest installment in the series, we will look back on some of the famous Bond girls. How many of them do you remember? Let us know the ones who managed to leave an everlasting impression on you!
1. Eunice Gayson
Eunice Gayson holds the distinct honor of playing the first Bond girl. She made appearances in the first two Bond films, Dr. No and From Russia With Love.
Eunice was originally cast to portray the character of Miss Moneypenny, but the casting director had a change of heart and she later had to play Sylvia Trench. Although, the studio was pretty adamant on giving her a recurring role as the Bond girl in the series, the idea was shelved immediately after the second movie.
2. Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress will forever be remembered for her iconic scene in Dr.No, where she walked out of the water draped in a white bikini with a knife in her hand. Her scene was later cleverly enacted by Halle Berry in the 2002 Bond movie, Die Another Day.
3. Daniela Bianchi
Hailing from Italy, Daniela Bianchi held strong credentials to be considered for the role of Bond girl. She was already a famous star in her native land. The model even finished runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant. The pinnacle moment in her career beckoned when she was offered the role of Tatiana Romanova in, From Russia with Love.
4. Shirley Eaton
Shirley Eaton was already an established actress before bagging a role in the Bond franchise. Although her scenes in the movie, Goldfinger, were brief, it was long enough to further boost her career. She was the woman painted in gold. LIFE magazine even featured her on its November issue in 1964.
5. Honor Blackman
Honor Blackman had already built an impressive resume before joining the cast of Goldfinger. She had already starred in the TV series, The Avengers, and performed scenes in Jason and the Argonauts. She played Pussy galore in Goldfinger; that character continues to be well familiar with people even to this day.
6. Claudine Auger
Claudine Auger portrayed the character of Dominique Domino Derval in the 1965 Bond movie, Thunderball. Her inclusion in the cast started gaining plenty of hype before the movie’s release. After all, she was a former Miss World runner-up in 1958; she was also the recipient of the Miss France Monde title. She continued her stint in the movie business till the 90s.
7. Luciana Paluzzi
The Italian actress was destined for greatness after bagging the role of Fiona Volpe in Thunderball. Unfortunately, her career success trajectory became stationary soon after and her role in Thunderball would remain the biggest achievement of her career.
8. Akiko Wakabayashi
Akiko Wakabayashi initially gained prominence for her role in 1962’s King Kong VS. Godzilla. The actress impressed the Bond producers to such a large extent that her role in Bond was immediately given more importance. She was given more screen time and the producers made her the first non-European Bond girl in the series. Even though Akiko won a lot of plaudits for her performance, she would later call it quits on her acting career.
9. Diana Rigg
Like Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg also successfully acted in the British TV version of The Avengers. It is safe to state that she wasn’t exactly struggling to make ends meet before the Bond role landed in her doorstep. Diana played the role of Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The actress still offers her acting services to date and can be regularly seen playing Olenna Tyrell in the largely successful series, Game of Thrones.
10. Lana Wood
The younger sister of Natalie Wood, Lana Wood, chose the same acting route as her sibling and managed to take Hollywood by storm. In 1971, her persistence paid off as she was offered the role of Plenty O’Toole in the film, Diamonds are Forever. Since then, she has continued acting in movies and has started producing them as well.
11. Jill St. John
Jill St. John shared screen time with Lana Wood in the bond flick, Diamonds are Forever. The actress enacted scenes in the movie as Tiffany Case. After the success of the film, she continued acting and finally quit the industry in 1990 after three long decades. Diamonds are Forever would remain her biggest success to date.
12. Jane Seymour
Her role as the sensuous, Solitaire, in the Bond movie, Live and Let Die, was able to set the pulse racing and capture the hearts of many fanboys. Her role in the movie also catapulted her career to new heights and gave her the opportunity to star in many successful movies and TV shows afterward such as Wedding Crashers and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. She has been bestowed upon with 2 Golden Globes and an Emmy Award.
13. Gloria Hendry
Gloria Hendry’s addition to the cast of Live and Let Die did the rounds all over. She etched her name in the history books by becoming the first African-American woman to play a Bond Girl, Rosie Carver. Her character was a CIA agent who kicked ass! Regrettably, she wasn’t able to carve a name for herself in Hollywood after her role in Bond.
14. Maud Adams
When Swedish actress, Maud Adams, was chosen to portray the role of Andrea Anders in, The Man with the Golden Gun, it had already been quite some time since a European model was chosen to play the role of a Bond girl. She would later be cast again to play the role of, Octopussy, in the 1983 Bond flick bearing the same title. Very few are lucky enough to be cast as Bond girl twice in their lifetime.
15. Britt Ekland
Maud was not the only Swede who was a part of The Man with the Golden Gun. She was accompanied by Britt Ekland. Renowned for her acting prowess, Britt Ekland already had a fierce reputation before being cast as Bond girl, Mary Goodnight. The role in the franchise propelled her to greater heights and she continued pursuing her acting career until the 1990’s.
16. Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach’s school academics were cut short because of her burgeoning modelling career. She had to drop out of school to pursue her career. The casting director of the 1977 Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me, loved her performances in some of her European films and immediately cast her as Anya Amasova. We are pretty sure that the role helped Bach grab the attention of Ringo Starr. The pair would later get hitched in 1981.
17. Caroline Munro
Caroline Munro brilliantly executed the role of the deadly Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me. The actress was already a household name in the movie business before her role in the Bond flick.
18. Lois Chiles
Lois Chiles initially started out as a model in the 70s. She was noticed by talents scouts for her heavenly appearance during her time at university. After gaining prominence as a model, she slowly started the transition to an acting career. The shift in priorities would prove to be a stroke of sheer genius. She appeared in The Great Gatsby and Death on the Nile. With the two movies under her belt, Lois was chosen as the prime candidate for the role of Dr. Holly Goodhead in the Bond movie, Moonraker. The producers’ decision to choose her would be the right one as she gave a stellar performance in the movie.
19. Corinne Clery
Anyone would be proud of the career Corinne Clery has had. Although she has starred in over 50 movies and TV series, the movie she would be most renowned for to this date would be her role in Moonraker. She portrayed the character of Corinne Dufour in the flick; her character was an assistant to the antagonist of the flick, Hugo Drax.
20. Lynn-Holly Johnson
Besides acting, Lynn-Holly Johnson was also worth her salt as a figure skater. She was even able to win a Silver Medal at the U.S Figure Skating Championship in 1974. Later in life, she decided to change career paths in search of more lucrative options. People started taking her seriously after watching her performance in Ice Castles. Her endeavors in the movie would even land her a Golden Globe nomination. The woman was, by then, in and around the mix of A-listed actresses and she would eventually bag the role of Bond girl, Bibi Dahl, in For Your Eyes Only. That moment would be the finest hour in her life.
21. Carole Bouquet
The French model started strutting the runways at a relatively young age. Carole has been fortunate enough to star in over 40 movies to date and continues showcasing her acting prowess even in the contemporary world. The character, Melina Havelock, was portrayed effortlessly by Carole Bouquet in the Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only.
22. Alison Doody
Alison Doody was brought up in Dublin, Ireland. The actress got her primary education at a convent and soon developed a strong liking to arts and cinema. The strong interest encouraged her to pursue a career in acting and she played Jenny Flex in the Bond flick, A View To Kill. Alison continues acting to this day.
23. Grace Jones
Grace Jones immigrated to the States when she was on the cusp of reaching puberty; she moved from Jamaica when she was 13. The woman was able to make a mark in the modelling industry and even landed cover shoots for esteemed magazines such as Vogue and Elle. Soon enough, she turned her attention to acting and it was her role in Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger that put her in the radar. She played May Day in the Bond movie, A View to a Kill.
24. Tanya Roberts
Raised in Bronx, New York, Tanya would shift base to Toronto, Canada before finally relocating to New York to start a career in fashion and modelling. She got her big breakthrough when she was cast as the protagonist in the TV series, Charlie’s Angels. That role put her in good stead to land the role of Bond girl, Stacey Sutton, in the Bond film, A View to a Kill. Unlike many other Bond girls before her, she would have a rather successful movie and TV career. She last had a meaty recurring role in the series, That 70’s Show.
25. Maryam D’Abo
The English-born actress, Maryam D’Abo, had big dreams of making a career out of acting since a young age. In order to quench her insatiable thirst to improve her acting abilities, she enrolled herself to Drama Centre London. She also did some modelling during the time to foot the bills. Her finest hour in the show business beckoned when she landed the role of Kara Milovy in the 1987 Bond movie, The Living Daylights. Maryam would later pen a book titled, Bond Girls are Forever. The book was a form of tribute to all the Bond girls of yesteryears.
26. Carey Lowell
Carey Lowell studied at the coveted University of Colorado, Boulder, where she majored in Literature. In order to use her talents to a greater use, she decided to move to New York to try her hand at modelling. That move helped her career tenfold as she was able to secure modelling contracts with the likes of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. She was seen in the 1989 Bond movie, License to Kill, portraying the character of a CIA agent named Pam Bouvier. The actress would later be seen starring in Law & Order as Jamie Ross.
27. Talisa Soto
Talisa Soto was an overnight sensation after the release of the Bond flick, License to Kill. The actress of Puerto Rico descent landed a meaty starring role opposite James Bond. She tied nuptials with Benjamin Bratt on April 2002 and continues residing with him.
28. Famke Janssen
Famke Janssen’s career all started with her huge breakthrough role in the Bond movie, Goldeneye. Playing Xenia Onatopp, she captured the wild imaginations of men all over. That role opened many doors for her. After that, the actress made regular appearances in magazines and even worked with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Victoria’s Secret. She was most recently seen in the X-Men and Taken franchise.
29. Izabella Scorupco
Before taking the acting route in Goldeneye, Izabella made a name for herself as a model and a pop star in Sweden. In the movie, she played the character of Natalya Simonova, a Russian programmer, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Famke Janssen. After the completion of the movie, Izabella would go back to her singing roots.
30. Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher has had a wonderful career so far. The actress gained worldwide fame when she played the character of Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies. She would later have recurring roles on the ABC series, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and on the largely successful television series, Desperate Housewives. Her role in the latter series would land her a litany of awards including a Golden Globe and 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
31. Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh was a household name in Asia before her role in the Bond flick, Tomorrow Never Dies. She was a huge draw at the China box office and her expertise in martial arts prompted the producers to cast her as Wai Lin. She would later go on to star in the Academy Award-winning film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in 2000 as the lead protagonist.
32. Cecilie Thomsen
Cecilie Thomsen had plenty on her hands starring opposite Teri Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies. Nonetheless, she was able to hold her own in the movie and leave cinema goers with a fine impression of the sexy Professor Inga Bergstrom.
33. Serena Scott Thomas
Born in England, Serena Scott had to settle for small roles overseas at the beginning of her career. After years of persistence and hard work, Serena struck gold when she was offered the role of Dr. Molly Warmflash in the movie, The World is Not Enough. She was recently seen in the movie, Inherent Vice.
34. Sophie Marceau
The French actress quickly garnered unrivalled attention from the worldwide audience when she portrayed the role of Elektra King in the Bond flick, The World is Not Enough. Her stint in the limelight continued even after the Bond movie as she made appearances in Braveheart and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is quite evident that the actress prefers starring in French films over everything else.
35. Denise Richards
Although Denise Richards might not command the sort of attention that she used to, the actress did have her fair share of glory days. She was regularly mentioned as the hottest actress in Hollywood during her heyday. Some of the movies she has acted in include Wild Things, Starship Troopers, and Drop Dead gorgeous etc. The role her fans remember the most fondly is her portrayal of Bond girl, Christmas Jones, in The World is Not Enough.
36. Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Maria Grazia Cucinotta is the third bond girl from the movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, to be mentioned in the list. She was the famous “Cigar Girl” in the movie. The actress has been a mainstay in Italian cinema since the early 1990’s. Millions regularly pay a pretty penny to watch her films in the cinema halls and multiplexes.
37. Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike was a relatively unfamiliar face when she played Miranda Frost in the 2002 Bond film, Die Another Day. After witnessing her acting prowess and phenomenal beauty, many were quick to predict big things from her. The actress’s recent performance in the psychological thriller, Gone Girl, won her rave reviews and plaudits.
38. Halle Berry
Halle Berry was paid a handsome fee to shoot her first topless scene in the Bond movie, Die Another Day. The famous Ursula Andress scene in Dr. No was also cleverly reenacted by Halle Berry. Her role in the movie would later prompt FHM to name her the Sexiest Woman in the World in 2003.
39. Eva Green
The role that catapulted Eva Green’s career to new heights is her role in Casino Royale. She played Vesper Lynd in the movie and sizzled the screen with her otherworldly beauty. Eva was most recently seen in 300: Rise of an Empire and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.