We sincerely doubt that there will ever be a more popular fictional secret agent than James Bond. He has been a pop culture icon for decades by now! It feels like he has never faded into obscurity, no matter how long it has been. They say that behind every great man is a great woman. In the case of Agent 007, there are several lovely ladies by his side. The Bond girls have never failed to fascinate all of us. Everyone always wants to know which actress will take on the role next! Some of them were already famous before they were cast in the films, but others consider it their big break. You must have a favorite among them. Keep reading to remember the lovely ladies of the series!
As one of the first Bond girls, there is no way we could forget about Eunice Gayson. She was in the first two films of the franchise: From Russia with Love and Dr. No. The truth was that she was originally cast to portray Miss Moneypenny, although they changed her role to Sylvia Trench later on. The studio thought about giving her a recurring role, but they decided against it in the end. Regardless, she will always have a special place in our hearts.
Here is another original Bond Girl. Ursula Andress helped make the role with her incredible ocean scene in the franchise. If you are a true fan of the movies, you must know what we are talking about. Decades later, we were reminded of her appearance with the clever nod made by Halle Berry in another film.
In 1960, Daniela Bianchi did not just compete in the 1960 Miss Universe contest but also finished first runner-up. She was born in Italy and took on various roles in Italy and France. She got her big break when she portrayed Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love. This bombshell appeared in the movie with Eunice Gayson. She kept working in the film industry even after her time in the series.
This accomplished actress already had a great resume before she landed this role. Shirley Eaton was active in the Hollywood scene until 1969. She just had a small role in the franchise. Even so, we would argue that it was among the most memorable. If you needed a reminder, we want you to know that she was the lady in gold in Goldfinger. The scene became so popular and iconic that LIFE magazine featured her on the cover of the November 1964 issue.
In 1947, Honor Blackman first appeared on the big screen in Fame is the Spur. After this, she landed roles in movies and TV shows left and right. Among others, she was in The Avengers and Jason and the Argonauts. Thanks to the former, she snagged a spot as a Bond girl. She was in the third series in the franchise, Goldfinger. There is no way anyone can ever forget that her character was called Pussy Galore. How can you possibly not remember that?! In fact, we feel confident enough to say that it is one of the most recognizable characters in the film series.
You are looking at a French actress who kicked of her career as a model. She also won the Miss France Monde contest and placed first runner-up during the Miss World pageant in 1958. After this, Claudine Auger went on to take on big roles in films. It was how she caught the eye of film execs, who cast her as Domonique “Domino” Derval in Thunderball. She continued to appear in movies all the way up to the ‘90s.
There is something about Luciana Paluzzi that makes her stand out from the others. For one, she boasted a great resume before she played Fiona Volpe in Thunderball. Sadly, she did not get to star in a huge blockbuster hit after this role. Nonetheless, she kept acting until the ‘80s rolled in.
Over the course of the ‘50s and ‘60s, Akiko Wakabayashi was pretty unknown in her home country of Japan. It all changed for her once she earned a role in a 1962 movie called King Kong vs. Godzilla. The actress later earned a small part in You Only Live Twice. She was able to impress the producers, who ended up offering her a bigger role. As Aki, she made history as the first non-European actress to become a Bond girl. Despite this, she decided to retire after the Bond movie.
If her name sounds familiar to you, we are willing to bet that you watch Game of Thrones. Before she brought Olenna Tyrell to life in the HBO fantasy series, she was in a British TV show called The Avengers. She played Emma Peel in it from 1965 until 1968. In general, she already had a successful career to her name before she played Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969. It has been a long time since then, but she continues to act to this day!
You might be familiar with Natalie Wood, the famous film actress who died all of a sudden at the peak of her Hollywood career. Her younger sister Lana was an actress as well. She has been in several TV shows and movies in the past. In 1971, she got her shot to be a Bond girl. She was cast to bring Plenty O’Toole to life in Diamonds are Forever. She still works as a producer and actress now.
Jill St. John
Apart from Lana Wood, there was another Bond girl in Diamonds are Forever. The 1971 film also starred Jill St. John in the role of Tiffany Cas. The Los Angeles native kicked off her acting career in the ‘90s. She kept working in the industry until the ‘90s. Even if this were the case, she could not land another big role after her time in the franchise. Sadly, acting careers are not forever…
Certain recognizable faces hail from the early years of the film series. Jane Seymour is one of them. A lot of fans fell in love with the actress as she brought Solitaire to life. She was the love interest of Agent 007 in Live and Let Die. The actress had a great film and TV career. Among other things, you might have seen her in Wedding Crashers and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. As a testament to her talent, she has brought home many prestigious acting awards.
The first Bond girl of African-American descent was none other than Gloria Hendry. She appeared in Live and Let Die alongside Roger Moore and Jane Seymour. People loved her character! In the movie, she brought a CIA agent called Rosie Carver to life. Sadly, the role did not help her make it all that big in Hollywood. The truth is that she failed to take on other roles after her time in the series.
For a long time, only European ladies got to be Bond girls. After that, the series started to feature more American stars. Maud Adams marked the return to the former when she starred in two movies in the films, but she had a pretty small role at first. She was Andrea Anders in The Man with the Golden Gun. Nine years after this, we saw her again as Octopussy in the film of the same title.
There was a high demand for Swedish beauties in The Man with the Golden Gun from the look of things. Britt Ekland joined Maud Adams in the movie. Before she played Mary Goodnight in the series, she already had a great career in the acting industry. The role turned her into a bigger star.
Even though they share the last name, Barbara Bach is not related to the composer as far as we know. The actress was raised in Queens, New York. At the age of 16, she decided to drop out of school to focus on her modeling career. She first tried acting in a few European films. This was how she got noticed by the producers of the Bond series. She played Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. Do you think that Ringo Starr is a fan of the franchise? In 1981, the two of them tied the knot.
This Texan native went to university in her home state. Lois Chiles was scouted by modeling agents during her time in college. She launched a great modeling career in the early ‘70s that earned her small parts in films. Luckily for her, she went on to snag bigger roles as well. You might have seen her in The Great Gatsby and Death on the Nile. Thanks to the two films, she was cast to appear in Moonraker in Dr. Holly Goodhead. They sure love funny names.
A French-born actress, Corinne Clery, has seen a lot of success in Europe. IMDb even says that she has been in more than 50 movies and TV shows. But her claim to fame in the United States was her role in Moonraker. She brought Corrine Dufour to life! We loved her as the assistant of Hugo Drax.
These days, many people are familiar with Denise Richards as the former wife of actor Charlie Sheen. Even if this is the case, she has also enjoyed a few years as one of Hollywood’s most promising actresses. She was in a few blockbuster hits such as Wild Things, Seinfeld, Melrose Place, and Starship Troopers. If you ask us, our favorite performance of hers would be Christmas Jones’s role in The World is Not Enough. She definitely made for a lovely addition to our list of Bond girls!
Before she became an actress, Lynn-Holly Johnson was a figure skater. Mind you. She went on to win a silver medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship back in 1974. She became famous for this and tried her luck in the acting industry. In 1978, she earned a nomination for a film called Ice Castles. It put her on the radar to become a Bond girl three years later. She played Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only, although her acting career did not really kick off even after her time.
When Carole Bouquet was young, she decided to go into the world of acting and modeling. She enjoyed a long film career with more than 40 movie roles to her name. So that you know, she continues to act even to this day. She became a Bond girl by playing Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only.
Can you believe that Alison Doody went to a convent? She fell in love with the arts and found herself in the biz. She got her big break by starring in A View to Kill. If you needed a reminder, she played Jenny Flex in that Bond film. It is amazing to see that she has aged so gracefully.
Many Bond girls have been successful in the acting industry. If you ask us, Grace Jones is among those who saw the most successful of them all. She moved to the United States from Jamaica when she was only 13 years old. She started modeling and even grace the Vogue, Elle, and other magazines’ pages in her youth. After that, she tried her luck in the music industry. She later starred in Conan the Destroyer opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. She became a Bond girl in the 1985 movie A View to a Kill.
Born and raised in New York, this head-turner moved to Toronto before finally returning to her home state. She kicked off her career in fashion and modeling after that. At first, she appeared in a few small films. It was a good thing that she earned a big break after landing a role in Charlie’s Angels. Thanks to this role, she was cast to be a Bond girl in A View to a Kill opposite Roger Moore. In the film, she played Stacey Sutton. She went on to enjoy a great career in Hollywood after this!
This English-born actress grew up with dreams of appearing in movies. We are glad to report that her dream came true. She got her acting training from the Drama Center London. Aside from that, she was a model on the side. In 1987, she became a Bond girl when she was cast to play Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights. You might want to check out her book, which is called “Bond Girls are forever.”
You can say that Carey Lowell has always been a worldly woman. Her family often traveled when she was still a girl. In the end, they wound up in Colorado. She took up literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She then kicked off her modeling career in New York City but earned her big break when she was cast to portray Pam Bouvier in License to Kill. We loved seeing her as the CIA agent who worked with James Bond in it. She went on to play Jamie Ross in Law & Order.
This actress has Puerto Rican descent. Talisa Soto grew up in Brooklyn, however. Like other people on the list, she instantly became famous when she was cast to be a Bond girl. She appeared in License to Kill. In 2002, she said goodbye to the bachelorette life when she got married to Benjamin Bratt.
Are we really going to have to introduce someone this famous? In 1995, Famke Janssen earned her big break when she was cast to Goldeneye’s star opposite Pierce Brosnan. She brought Xenia Onatopp to life in the movie. She was the “cover girl” of many magazines. Aside from that, she also starred in the X-Men and Taken franchises. She looks so good for her age! Wow.
We have another European actress on the list. Izabella Scorupco has mixed Swedish and Polish descent. Aside from acting, she is also a singer and model! In the ‘80s, she first entered the scene as a model. After some time, she appeared in Vogue. You should check out her music! She was part of a pop group that recorded an album that went gold in Sweden. Thanks to her fame, she was cast to play Natalya Simonova in Goldeneye. It was fun to see her with Famke Janssen and Pierce Brosnan.
Outside of her time in the James Bond series, Teri Hatcher has seen much success in the industry. The actress starred in Tomorrow Never Dies in the role of Paris Carver. In the past few decades, she has been in the spotlight. Aside from the movie, she was also in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Of course, there is no way we can forget that she also starred in Seinfeld and Desperate Housewives. She is truly a star!
Over the course of the ‘90s, Michelle Yeoh enjoyed a lot of success in Asia. She starred in a couple of box office hits in China back then. Thanks to her appearance in martial arts films, she landed a role in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. However, this was not the end of her career. As a matter of fact, she starred in the popular 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Oscar Award-winning film also fetched her a nomination for the Best Actress Award at the BAFTAs.
When Cecilie Thomsen was young, she made up her mind to give acting a shot. It is not a secret that a Bond movie can help open doors for you in the industry. This was the case for Cecilie Thomsen. Still, it must have been difficult to star in the same film as Michelle Yeoh and Teri Hatcher. If you ask us, she should get more credit for her performance as Inga Bergstrom in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Serena Scott Thomas
Born in England, Serena Scott Thomas spent the early years of her career in various roles overseas. She later caught the casting director’s eye and landed a role in a new James Bond movie. We are referring to The World is Not Enough, in which she starred opposite Pierce Brosnan. She brought Dr. Molly Warmflash to life in that film! She has not stopped acting since then.
For three decades, this French-born actress saw a lot of success in the European film industry. When Sophie Marceau was young, she made it big by playing Elektra King in a James Bond film called The World is Not Enough. She went on to land big roles after that. Among other things, she gave us a remarkable performance in Braveheart, as well as A Midsum, er Night’s Dream. The actress has said that she would prefer to appear in French movies instead of American films.
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
In our opinion, it is overkill to add three Bond girls to a single movie. Despite this, there is no way we could finish this list without adding Cigar Girl, who Maria Grazia Cucinotta played in Tomorrow Never Dies. In the early ‘90s, she started working in the Italian film industry. It is not hard to believe that some people would watch movies solely for her!
You must be living underneath a rock in this day and age if you do not know who Rosamund Pike is. She appeared in Die Another Day, but she was still unknown back then. The actress played Miranda Frost before she earned other bigger roles. Perhaps you are familiar with her for her performance in Gone Girl. She managed to give Amy Dunne so much nuance and depth!
We are sure that you were waiting for this entry the whole time. Every Bond girl indeed has a memorable entrance of her own, but this is one of the most remarkable ones. There is no way that we can forget about her dramatic entrance as she came out of the water!
Can you believe that Casino Royale was only the fourth major role of Eva Green? We are glad that it boosted her career. The Bond girl also brought Morgan to life in Camelot. She has since appeared in other projects in bigger roles. For one thing, she scored the lead role in a TV show called Penny Dreadful back in 2014.