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Bond girl

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A Bond girl is an actress taking in either the lead role or a supporting role in a James Bond film, novel or video game. Bond movies are known for the appearance of extremely attractive women in major roles (although secondary to Bond). Bond girls are not generally recurring characters. (Characters such as Judi Dench's M and Miss Moneypenny are not usually thought of as Bond girls). Bond girl characters often have names that are double entendres, such as "Pussy Galore".

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The Bond girls

Bond girl roles are high-profile parts, and the announcement of the actresses playing them is usually surrounded with much publicity. For unestablished actresses, the parts can boost careers.

Most Bond girl characters fall into one of the following categories:

  • a victim rescued by Bond early in the movie
  • a fellow agent assigned to the same mission
  • a villainess, or member of an enemy organisation, bent on Bond's destruction
  • eye candy: a minor character whose function is prettiness (especially during the Roger Moore era) without any dialogue.

Frequently, enemy Bond girls change sides in the course of the adventure; supposedly friendly women also have betrayed Bond. Initially, Bond girls were ineffectual characters, needing rescue and protection by Bond. In later movies, they became equal, possessing special skills Bond needs to complete his mission, and sometimes rescuing Bond. At the end of an adventure, it is usual for surviving Bond girls to sexually express their gratitude and affection for Bond. Uniquely, one Bond girl (Tracy (Diana Rigg) in On Her Majesty's Secret Service), married Bond at the end of the story, only to be murdered shortly after their wedding. The Sylvia Trench Eunice Gayson character is the only Bond girl appearing in two Bond films, as she was to be Bond's girlfriend in the series, but the character was dropped after her encore appearance in From Russia With Love. To date, Maud Adams is the only actress to have played more than one Bond girl. In another unique situation, the Elektra King character in The World Is Not Enough is initially established as a traditional Bond girl (complete with romantic trysts with Bond), only to be revealed as either the villain's henchwoman or one of the two main villains (there is considerable debate among Bond fans as to which role she fills).

Several recent Bond films flirted with the idea of bringing back past Bond girl actresses, either as new characters or as their original characters. Media reportage of The World is Not Enough production indicated the producers planned to include cameo appearances by every surviving Bond girl actress, ranging from Ursula Andress to Michelle Yeoh, but that never occurred (although one eye-candy category Bond girl was played by Eunice Gayson's daughter). Early scripts for Die Another Day included an appearance by Tomorrow Never Dies Bond girl Wai Lin, but Michelle Yeoh was unavailable, and a new character was created.

In another (unique) case, Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry) from Die Another Day was to have been spun off into her own series of action movies, but those plans were cancelled in 2003.

Although it is sometimes thought that the only requirements for an actress in a Bond girl role are to look good in a variety of skimpy costumes, many fine actresses have played the roles, and have had distinguished careers before and afterwards. As of 2004 Halle Berry and Kim Basinger are the only Oscar winners to play a Bond girl.

Bond girls are criticized by feminists, and others, who feel they act too much like damsels in distress and less as strong women. Although there are cases in which this is true, such as bumbling agent Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun and geologist Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill, an examination of the Bond film series reveals them to be exceptions to the rule. Beginning with Andress in Dr. No, Bond girl characters – at least the lead characters and villains – are shown to be headstrong, resourceful, and, in the recent films, capable of holding their own.

Films

Official James Bond girls

Film Bond girl Actress
Dr. No Honey Ryder
Sylvia Trench
Miss Taro
Ursula Andress
Eunice Gayson
Zena Marshall
From Russia With Love Tatiana Romanova
Sylvia Trench
Vida
Zora
Daniela Bianchi
Eunice Gayson
Aliza Gur
Martine Beswick
Goldfinger Jill Masterson
Tilly Masterson
Pussy Galore
Bonita
Dink
Shirley Eaton
Tania Mallet
Honor Blackman
Nadja Regin
Margaret Nolan
Thunderball Dominique "Domino" Derval
Fiona Volpe
Patricia Fearing
Paula Caplan
La Porte
Claudine Auger
Luciana Paluzzi
Molly Peters
Martine Beswick
Maryse Guy Mitsouko
You Only Live Twice Aki
Kissy Suzuki
Ling
Helga Brandt
Akiko Wakabayashi
Mie Hama
Tsai Chin
Karin Dor
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tracy Bond (Teresa di Vicenzo)
Nancy
Ruby Bartlett
Diana Rigg
Catherina von Schell
Angela Scoular
Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case
Plenty O'Toole
Jill St. John
Lana Wood
Live and Let Die Solitaire
Rosie Carver
Miss Caruso
Jane Seymour
Gloria Hendry
Madeline Smith
The Man with the Golden Gun Mary Goodnight
Andrea Anders
Saida
Britt Ekland
Maud Adams
Carmen Sautoy
The Spy Who Loved Me Anya Amasova (Agent XXX)
Naomi
Unnamed blonde agent
Felicca
Barbara Bach
Caroline Munro
Sue Vanner
Olga Bisera
Moonraker Holly Goodhead
Corinne Dufour
Manuela
Lois Chiles
Corinne Clery
Emily Bolton
For Your Eyes Only Melina Havelock
Lisl von Schlaf
Bibi Dahl
Carole Bouquet
Cassandra Harris
Lynn-Holly Johnson
Octopussy "Octopussy"
Magda
Maud Adams
Kristina Wayborn
A View to a Kill Stacey Sutton
May Day
Pola Ivanova
Kimberley Jones
Jenny Flex
Tanya Roberts
Grace Jones
Fiona Fullerton
Mary Stavin
Alison Doody
The Living Daylights Kara Milovy
Linda
Maryam d'Abo
Kell Tyler
Licence to Kill Lupe Lamora
Pam Bouvier
Talisa Soto
Carey Lowell
GoldenEye Natalya Simonova
Xenia Onatopp
Caroline
Izabella Scorupco
Famke Janssen
Serena Gordon
Tomorrow Never Dies Paris Carver
Wai Lin
Prof. Inga Bergstrom
Teri Hatcher
Michelle Yeoh
Cecilie Thomsen
The World Is Not Enough Elektra King
Dr. Christmas Jones
Dr. Molly Warmflash
Sophie Marceau
Denise Richards
Serena Scott Thomas
Die Another Day Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson
Miranda Frost
"Peaceful Fountains of Desire"
Halle Berry
Rosamund Pike
Rachel Grant
Casino Royale
2006 version
To be announced To be announced

Unofficial James Bond girls

Film Bond girl Actress
Casino Royale
(1954 television production)
Valerie Mathis Linda Christian
Casino Royale
1967 film
Vesper Lynd
Miss Goodthighs
Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry
The Detainer
Mata Bond
Ursula Andress
Jacqueline Bisset
Deborah Kerr
Daliah Lavi
Joanna Pettet
Never Say Never Again Domino Petachi
Fatima Blush
Kim Basinger
Barbara Carrera

Novels

Ian Fleming

Novel Bond girl
Casino Royale Vesper Lynd
Live and Let Die Solitaire
Moonraker Gala Brand
Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case
From Russia With Love Tatiana Romanova
Dr. No Honeychile Rider
Goldfinger Pussy Galore
Jill Masterton
Tilly Masterton
"From a View to a Kill" Mary Ann Russell
"For Your Eyes Only" Judy Havelock
"Quantum of Solace" No Bond girl
"Risico" Lisl Baum
"The Hildebrand Rarity" Liz Krest
Thunderball Dominetta "Domino" Vitali
The Spy Who Loved Me Vivienne Michel
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Teresa di Vicenzo
You Only Live Twice Kissy Suzuki
The Man with the Golden Gun Mary Goodnight
"The Living Daylights" No Bond girl
"Property of a Lady" No Bond girl
"Octopussy" No Bond girl
"007 in New York " No Bond girl

Mary Goodnight was a supporting character in several Bond novels before graduating to full Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Kingsley Amis (a.k.a. Robert Markham)

Novel Bond girl
Colonel Sun Ariadne Alexandrou

John Gardner

Novel Bond girl
Licence Renewed Lavender Peacock
Ann Reilly
For Special Services Cedar Leiter
Nena Bismaquer
Icebreaker Paula Vacker
Role of Honour Percy Proud
Nobody Lives For Ever Sukie Tempest
Nannie Norrich
No Deals, Mr. Bond Ebbie Heritage
Heather Dare
Scorpius Harriet Horner
Win, Lose or Die Beatrice Maria da Ricci
Clover Pennington
Brokenclaw Sue Chi-Ho
The Man from Barbarossa Nina Bibikova
Stephanie Adore
Death is Forever Elizabeth St. John
Praxi Simeon
Never Send Flowers Flicka von Grusse
SeaFire Flicka von Grusse
COLD Beatrice Maria da Ricci
Toni Nicolleti

Raymond Benson

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

Charlie Higson

Novel Bond girl
SilverFin Wilder Lawless

Video games

Game (production company) Bond girl Actress (if applicable)
Agent Under Fire (Electronic Arts) Zoe Nightshade
Nightfire (Electronic Arts) Dominique Paradis
Zoe Nightshade
Alura McCall
Everything or Nothing (Electronic Arts) Serena St. Germaine
Dr. Katya Nadanova
Miss Nagai
Mya Starling
Shannon Elizabeth
Heidi Klum
Misaki Ito
Mya

Trivia

  • After the release of For Your Eyes Only (1981) a background actress in a pool scene, Tula, was revealed to be a transsexual.
  • In Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel,Casino Royale, it is believed he based the Vesper Lynd character on real-life SOE agent, Christine Granville.
  • 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.

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