Top 10 Bond Girls

The Bond Girl. Oozing sensuality she’s never far from the libidinous gaze of a certain British secret agent. Here’s Top 10 Films’ favourites.

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The Bond Girl. She has taken on a number of guises throughout the series – from femme fatales (Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, Maud Adams as Octopussy) and sweet, nubile princesses (Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only, Honey Ryder in Dr. No) to seductresses (Sylvia Trench in Dr. No), airheads (Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun), and teases (Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever). There’s also the strong-willed “supergirls” like Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies, Fiona Volpe in Thunderball, and Natalya Simonova and Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. However, there’s one thing they all have in common: an alluring femininity that emanates from obvious beauty, a quality that never fails to attract the libidinous drive of British secret agent James Bond.

Here’s my favourite ten Bond Girls…

10. Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson – Dr. No, 1962 / From Russia With Love, 1963)

The forgotten Bond girl is also one of the series’ most beautiful. She could also be considered the first as she appears ahead of Ursula Andress in Dr. No and also makes another appearance in follow-up film From Russia With Love. Trench should also be credited for introducing us to one of cinema’s most iconic characters. Before we’ve met Bond we see her in the casino. She notices a suave, sophisticated man winning at the table and introduces herself – “Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr…” as we cut to a man lighting a cigarette who says: “Bond, James Bond.”

9. Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh – Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997)

The dated, almost archaic depiction of women in the Connery/Moore era is brushed under the carpet as the Brosnan/Craig era ushers in strong, individualistic female characters. Michelle Yeoh’s Wai Lin is one of them, displaying a physical and emotional temperament that easily matches her partner in justice.

8. Tracy Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969)

A Bond girl to grab 007’s heart and not let go. It is a tiny club to be in and Tracy Di Vicenzo has the sexy, feisty persona to take hold and then break James Bond’s almost impenetrable heart. She also has the distinction of being the only woman to marry James Bond, which leads to an unusually downbeat conclusion in George Lazenby’s only contribution to the franchise.

7. Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach – The Spy Who Loves Me, 1977)

Amasova, also known as Triple X (…snigger), is a Soviet KGB agent following the same lead as Bond after the disappearance of various nuclear submarines from both sides of the iron curtain. This tough secret service operative might want to kill Bond because he fatally shot her partner during a previous mission, but puts that aside in favour of peace and, of course, eventual love with the ultimate ladies man.

6. Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman – Goldfinger, 1964)

“My name is Pussy Galore”, says the blonde pilot as Bond replies: “I must be dreaming.” It is a great line, one of the most often quoted from the franchise. Pussy is one of Goldfinger’s followers but is put in her place when it is revealed she is a little unwitting in her boss’s megalomaniacal pursuit of power. She soon has her merry band of beautiful female pilots singing from the same hymn sheet while rolling around in the hay to the tune of Bond’s libido.

5. Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi – From Russia with Love, 1963)

Tatiana Romanova begins on opposite sides of the supposed good and evil spectrum but soon joins forces with Bond as he tries to evade the murderous plans of SPECTRE.

4. Vesper Lynd (Eva Green – Casino Royale, 2006)

Vesper Lynd has intelligence to go with her beauty as she aids Bond in trying to trap terrorist financier Le Chiffre. The HM Treasury agent really grabs hold of Bond’s heart in Casino Royale, creating a relationship that has far more dramatic depth than is usually associated with the series.

3. Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress – Dr. No, 1962)

She inspired every Bond girl to come. Ursula Andress has one of the most iconic entries of any actress in the franchise, appearing from a sparkling blue Caribbean ocean in nothing but a skimpy bikini. This delicate beauty has a vengeful undercurrent to go along with her sexy appearance.

2. Tiffany Case (Jill St. John – Diamonds Are Forever, 1971)

Redhead Tiffany Case spends most of the film in swimwear which means she’s one of the most memorable things about Sean Connery’s return to the world of Bond after a brief break to allow George Lazenby to take up the mantle for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Played by actress Jill St. John, the fiery, frisky Bond girl mixes ditzy comedy, sharp-toothed wit and drug-smuggling know-how into an alluring cocktail for an all-too-eager James Bond.

1. Solitaire (Jane Seymour – Live and Let Die, 1973)

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Alluring and beautiful, the sensuously mysterious Solitaire has a deadly beauty about her. This is made even more potent by her ability to predict the future.

Seymour’s fragile femininity means she’s far too in debt to Bond than many of the stronger-willed Bond girls, but her power with the tarot cards makes her heartbreaking beauty infinitely more powerful.

Your turn – who are your favourite Bond Girls?

Written and compiled by Daniel Stephens.

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    Dan Reply

    Good list. I’m with you for most of the picks until the top two. I think Jane Seymour doesn’t really work as Solitaire and seems pretty flat for most of the movie. I guess her wide-eyed innocence works for the part, but she wouldn’t make my top 10. I also think Jill St. John is very ditzy and irritating; part of this issue probably relates to my low opinion of Diamonds are Forever. I can’t argue too much with any of your other picks. Mine would be flipped around a bit, but most of those would be in there. Nice job!

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    le0pard13 Reply

    Another wonderful Bond list. I have to say, this is the highest placing I’ve seen for Tiffany Case, Dan. Not complaining, my mind you ;-).

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    Fogs Reply

    WOW. Got some controversial choices up there towards the top, Dan! 😀

    Solitaire as numbero uno? Tiffany Case as runner up? Wow-za!

    I’ll be doing one of these later this month, my self. Looking forward to it, people do love their Bond girls!

    Hey, btw can I share this link with everyone as part of the Bond-Month-Blog-A-Thon I’ve got going on over at FMR, Dan?

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    Dan Reply

    @Dan: Thanks for dropping by Dan. Diamonds Are Forever was the last Bond film I watched before writing this list so Tiffany Case certainly stuck in my mind. I think she’s a real bright spark in a very average Connery Bond film. Although there’s very little subtlety to her performance she has a number of “Bond Girl” elements such as the sexiness, a bit of comedy, and a nice degree of tough-chick attitude to make her stand out. For me, she’s one of the most memorable Bond Girls and who can argue with her almost film-long swimwear attire! 🙂

    Le0pard: Haha, I didn’t realise she was generally disliked. But it is good to be a bit different.

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    Dan Reply

    @Fogs: Live and Let Die is essentially the film that introduced me to Bond so I’ve always had a soft spot for Solitaire!

    Thanks for offering to link to the list. It’s a honor to be considered so please link away! Thank you! 🙂

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    Fogs Reply

    Cool, Dan, Thanks!!

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    ruth Reply

    Wahoo! Lots of my faves are on your list, save for Tiffany Case. So glad to see Wai Lin and Vesper, two of my all time faves!

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    Joel Burman Reply

    Wow I’m totally in disagreement with you! First of all where the hell is Carey Lowell aka Pam Bouvier???? I know I have a soft spot for License to Kill but hell she is probably the first Bond Babe who was his equal. In my book she is a a mile in front of the rest.

    Honey Ryder has one memorable scene in Dr. No beside that one she is the typical damsel in distress. Also she kind of comes of mentally challenged (may be due to her being dubbed) which doesn’t help her.

    When it comes to Mrs Ringo Starr (Barbara Bach) she is a looker but not really a woman I’d put on such a list.

    Melina (For Your Eyes Only), Maud Adams (Octopussy) and Izabella Scorupco (Goldeneye) probably would have made my list hell maybe even Lois Chiles from Moonraker.

    My top 3 would have been:
    Carey Lowell, Daniela Bianchi, Honor Blackman

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    Rodney Reply

    I am also surprised with the top 2 picks, Dan, but I commend you on your bravery and “out of the box” choices! I’m not entirely sure who my own top 3 would have been, but I’d have had Vesper Lynd in there somewhere.

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    Dan Reply

    @Joel: I think any list excluding Honey Ryder would be more problematic since she plays such an iconic role in the series overall. Her involvement may be relatively small in the film but there’s no denying she is any less memorable than other Bond girls. She should get on any Bond Girl list thanks to that entry from the perfect blue sea alone. However, since so many actresses who have played the “part” in subsequent films hold her in such high regard, it speaks volumes of her influence both in terms of the concept of the Bond Girl and her importance to the films as a whole.

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    mark Reply

    Britt Ekland – Man With the Golden Gun; then Pussy Galore ….

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    Joel Burman Reply

    Dan: I’m still disagreeing. That moment when Honey Ryder steps up off the ocean might be a memorable one but her as a character is not.

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    Dan Reply

    @Joel: I think the other thing with Honey Ryder is how she set the standard…the criteria of the typical Bond Girl, certainly of the early Connery films. This exotic beauty whose character is somewhat tarnished by ulterior motive or darker aspiration who finds her saviour and lover in 007. You can see these elements in an array of Bond Girls from Tatiana Romanova, Domino in Thunderball and Tiffany Case to Solitaire and even Vesper Lynd. Ursula Andress’ performance isn’t the best and her character isn’t as dramatically interesting as say Pussy Galore or Tracy Di Vincenzo but I’m not sure the “perfect” Bond Girl needs to be.

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    Louise Reply

    No love for Xenia Onatopp? Famke Janssen was brilliantly insane in Goldeneye.

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