Wikia

Double-Oh-Wiki

Bond girl

Talk1
1,329pages on
this wiki
Ursulaa

Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, the first Bond girl in the official films.

A Bond Girl is a character or the actress portraying a love interest or sex object of James Bond in a film, novel or video game. They typically have names that are double entendres, such as "Pussy Galore."

Generally, Bond girls are victims rescued by Bond, fellow agents or allies, villainesses or members of an enemy organization, or merely eye candy that have no direct interaction with James Bond whatsoever. Other female characters such as Judi Dench's M and Miss Moneypenny are not thought of as Bond girls.

The role of a Bond girl is typically a high-profile part that can give a major boost to the career of unestablished actresses, although there have been a number of Bond girls that were well-established prior to gaining their role. For instance, Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman were both Bond girls after becoming major stars for their roles on the television series, The Avengers. Additionally, Halle Berry won an Academy Award in 2002, an award presented to her while in the midst of filming Die Another Day.

HistoryEdit

Pussy Galore

Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger

Ursula Andress is often considered the first Bond girl, playing Honey Ryder in the film Dr. No (1962). She was, however, preceded by Eunice Gayson who played the character Sylvia Trench. Trench is the only Bond girl to appear as the same character in more than one film, appearing again in From Russia with Love (1963). Initially, Trench was planned to be a regular girlfriend of Bond's in the series, but was subsequently dropped after the encore appearance.

It should be noted that Valerie Mathis was the first ever Bond girl on screen in the 1954 version of Casino Royale. She was played by Linda Christian.
LindaChristianF11

Linda Christian - the very first Bond girl to appear on screen in 1954.

To date, only two Bond girls has captured the heart of James Bond. Tracy di Vicenzo played by Diana Rigg, marries Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). At film's end, Tracy Bond is gunned down by 007's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. It was initially planned that her death would actually occur in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this idea was dropped during filming of On Her Majesty's Secret Service when current-Bond George Lazenby announced he would step down from the role and the other girl is Vesper Lynd who was a traitor but she died too.

Within the official series, Maud Adams is the only actress to portray a main character as two different Bond girls, starting with The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974 and again as the title character in Octopussy (1983). She additionally appears as an extra in a third Bond film, A View to a Kill in 1985. Two other girls, Martine Beswick (Thunderball) and Nadja Regin (Goldfinger) also appear in a second adventure, appearing first in From Russia with Love. Tsai Chin appeared in two Bond films as well "You Only Live Twice" as a Ling and as Madame Wu in "Casino Royale".

In 1995 Famke Janssen, who portrayed Xenia Onatopp was considered the only major female character (and villain) whom Bond does not bed. However in 2008, lead Bond Girl Camille also shows a restrain to Bond's usually forward charms.

Becoming more frequent, traditional Bond girls that have romantic trysts with Bond, are later discovered to be villainesses such as Sophie Marceau's Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Miranda Frost played by Rosamund Pike in Die Another Day.

CriticismsEdit

Since the film series began in the early 1960s, Bond girls have been criticized by feminists, and others, who feel they generalize women as bimbos, damsels in distress, or objectify women as a result of Bond's actions. Through the years, the role of the Bond girl has changed somewhat from the stereotypical Bond girl to women that are Bond's equal, possessing special skills he needs to complete his mission, or even at times women that rescue Bond. These Bond girls are shown to be more headstrong, resourceful, and, in recent films, capable of holding their own. For example, in Moonraker the character of Holly Goodhead is established as being a trained space shuttle commander, a number of years before the first female shuttle commander was appointed in the real world. Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies, is a trained special agent working for People's Republic of China; and Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough is a nuclear physicist.

FilmsEdit

TheGirlsofBondTimeilne

A timeline of Bond Girls (1962-2012).

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 Pussy Galore
Jill Masterson
Tilly Masterson
Bonita
Dink
Honor Blackman
Shirley Eaton
Tania Mallet
Nadja Regin
Margaret Nolan
Thunderball Dominique "Domino" Derval
Fiona Volpe
Patricia Fearing
Paula Caplan
Mlle. 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
Nancy
Ruby Barlett
Diana Rigg
Catherine Von Schell
Angela Scoular
Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case
Plenty O'Toole
Marie
Jill St. John
Lana Wood
Denise Perrier
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
Log Cabin Girl
Harem Tent Girl
Felicca

Barbara Bach
Caroline Munro
Sue Vanner
Dawn Rodrigues
Olga Bisera
Moonraker Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles)
Corinne Dufour
Manuela
Hostess Private Jet
Lois Chiles
Corinne Clery
Emily Bolton
Leila Shenna
For Your Eyes Only Melina Havelock
Countess Lisl von Schlaf
Bibi Dahl
Carole Bouquet
Cassandra Harris
Lynn-Holly Johnson
Octopussy "Octopussy"
Magda
Penelope Smallbone
Bianca (Tina Hudson)
Maud Adams
Kristina Wayborn
Michaela Clavell
Tina Hudson
A View to a Kill Stacey Sutton
May Day
Pola Ivanova
Kimberley Jones
Jenny Flex
Pan Ho
Tanya Roberts
Grace Jones
Fiona Fullerton
Mary Stavin
Alison Doody
Papillon Soo
The Living Daylights Kara Milovy
Rubavitch
Linda
Maryam d'Abo
Virginia Hey
Kell Tyler
Licence to Kill Pam Bouvier
Lupe Lamora
Carey Lowell
Talisa Soto
GoldenEye Natalya Simonova
Xenia Onatopp
Caroline
Irina
Izabella Scorupco
Famke Janssen
Serena Gordon
Minnie Driver
Tomorrow Never Dies Wai Lin
Paris Carver
Prof. Inga Bergstrom
Michelle Yeoh
Teri Hatcher
Cecilie Thomsen
The World Is Not Enough Elektra King
Dr. Christmas Jones
Dr. Molly Warmflash
Giulietta da Vinci (Cigar Girl)
Sophie Marceau
Denise Richards
Serena Scott Thomas
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Die Another Day

Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson
Miranda Frost
Peaceful Fountains of Desire

Halle Berry
Rosamund Pike
Rachel Grant
Casino Royale
2006 version

Vesper Lynd
Solange Dimitrios
Valenka

Eva Green
Caterina Murino
Ivana Miličević
Quantum of Solace Camille Montes
Strawberry Fields

Olga Kurylenko
Gemma Arterton

Skyfall Severine
Unnamed Girl
Berenice Marlohe
Tonia Sotiropoulou

In addition to those actresses mentioned above, the Bond films traditionally have groups of women in the background whose general purpose is nothing more than eye candy: they include the sunbathing Miami beauties in Goldfinger, the Thai girls at the kung fu school in The Man With the Golden Gun, Tiger Tananka's bathing beauties in You Only Live Twice, and Sheik Hossein's harem in The Spy Who Loved Me. However, in Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, and The Living Daylights these women were also referred to in the media as full fledge Bond girls to provide added publicity for the film through eye-catching magazine and newspaper appearances.

In Moonraker this included members of Hugo Drax's "master race" and a group of women encountered by Bond in the jungles of Brazil, in For Your Eyes Only the women were seen frolicking around a villain's pool, while in Octopussy they served mainly as the title character's underlings. In "A View to A Kill" they adorned Max Zorin's outdoor reception and in "The Living Daylights" they served as decorations at the villain's swimming pool. Although the Bond films have never stopped making use of feminine "eye candy", such large "Bond girl groups" were not featured after The Living Daylights.

NovelsEdit

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 Ryder
Goldfinger

Tilly Masterton

Pussy Galore

Jill Masterton

"From a View to a Kill" Mary Ann Russell
"For Your Eyes Only" Judy Havelock
"Quantum of Solace" Rhoda Llewellyn
"Risico" Lisl Baum
"The Hildebrand Rarity" Liz Krest
Thunderball Dominetta "Domino" Vitali

Patricia Fearing

The Spy Who Loved Me Vivienne Michel
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Teresa di Vicenzo

Ruby Windsor

You Only Live Twice Kissy Suzuki
The Man with the Golden Gun Mary Goodnight

Tiffy

"Octopussy" No Bond girl
"The Living Daylights" "Trigger"
"The Property of a Lady" Maria Freudenstein
"007 in New York" Solange

Mary Goodnight was a supporting character in several Bond novels before graduating to full Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun. The short stories "Quantum of Solace", "The Living Daylights" and "The Property of a Lady" feature female characters in prominent roles, but none of these women interact with Bond in any sort of romantic fashion.

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

Novel Bond girl
Colonel Sun Ariadne Alexandrou

John GardnerEdit

Novel Bond girl
Licence Renewed Lavender Peacock
Mary Jane Mashkin
For Special Services Cedar Leiter
Nena Bismaquer
Icebreaker Paula Vacker
Rivke Ingber
Role of Honour Percy Proud
Freddie Fortune
Cindy Chalmer
Nobody Lives For Ever Sukie Tempesta
Nannie Norrich
No Deals, Mr. Bond Ebbie Heritage
Heather Dare
Scorpius Harriet Horner
Win, Lose or Die Beatrice Maria da Ricci
Clover Pennington
Nikki Ratnikov
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 BensonEdit

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

Playboy Playmate Lisa Dergen is, to date, the only real-life person to be featured as a Bond girl in any literary Bond story.

Charlie HigsonEdit

Novel Bond girl
SilverFin Wilder Lawless
Blood Fever Amy Goodenough

Video gamesEdit

Game (production company) Bond girl Actress (if applicable)
Agent Under Fire (Electronic Arts) Zoe Nightshade Caron Pascoe
Nightfire (Electronic Arts)

Dominique Paradis
Zoe Nightshade

Alura McCall

Makiko Hayashi

Lena Reno
Jeanne Mori

Kimberly Davies
Tamlyn Tomita

Everything or Nothing (Electronic Arts) Serena St. Germaine
Dr. Katya Nadanova
Miss Nagai
Mya Starling
Shannon Elizabeth
Heidi Klum
Misaki Ito
Mya
From Russia with Love (Electronic Arts) Tatiana Romanova
Eva
Elizabeth Stark
Daniela Bianchi (likeness)
Maria Menounos
Natasha Bedingfield
Quantum of Solace (Activision) Camille Montes Olga Kurylenko
GoldenEye (2010) (Activision) Natalya Simonova Kirsty Mitchell
Blood Stone (Activision) Nicole Hunter Joss Stone
007 Legends (Activision)

Holly Goodhead
Tracey Bond
Pam Bouvier
Jinx
Pussy Galore

Jane Perry (likeness)/ Lois Chiles (voice)
Diana Rigg (likeness)
Carey Lowell (likeness/voice)
Gabriela Montaraz (likeness)/ Madalena Alberto (voice actor)
Honor Blackman (likeness)/ Natasha Little (voice actor)

TriviaEdit

  • After the release of For Your Eyes Only (1981) a background actress in a pool scene, Tula, was revealed to be a transsexual.
  • Vesper Lynd, the Bond girl from Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, is believed to be based on Christine Granville, a real-life SOE agent.
  • 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 An updated version was included on the original Casino Royale DVD..
  • Halle Berry and Kim Basinger are the only Oscar winners to play a Bond girl.
  • After the release of Die Another Day, MGM and EON Productions considered creating a spinoff series featuring Halle Berry's Jinx character. Plans for this were cancelled in 2003.
  • Early drafts of Die Another Day included an appearance by Wai Lin, but Michelle Yeoh was unavailable.
  • Media reports for The World is Not Enough indicated the producers planned to include cameo appearances by every surviving Bond girl actress, ranging from Ursula Andress to Michelle Yeoh, but that did not occur; however, one "eye-candy" Bond girl was played by Eunice Gayson's daughter.
  • Ursula Andress and Maud Adams remain, to date, the only actresses to have played more than one major Bond girl, although several other actresses have appeared more than once as "eye-candy" Bond girls.

External linksEdit

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Bond girl. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with the James Bond Wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki