4/06/2012

Best Bond Girl?





Solitaire- Jane Seymour (Live And Let Die )
At 22, Jane Seymour started her movie career out in Live and Let Die and became the youngest actress ever to play a Bond girl. She was the assistant to Mr. Big's, who used her to predict the future using tarot card. Solitaire was initiated into some of the practices of Voodoo while still a child in Haiti. Either naturally or through this initiation, she has an extrasensory ability both to foretell the future and to judge the veracity of others. She excludes men from her life, however Bond charms her and like any other Bond girl and sleeps with her. After that, she loses her power, but in return gains her freedom from Mr. Big, thanks to Bond.


Honey Ryder- Ursula Andress (Dr. No 1962)
Dr. No, as the first James Bond film, introduced a lot of the aspects of James Bond. The same goes for the Bond girl. Honey Rider emerges from the sea wearing a sexy bikini singing "Underneath The Mango Tree." She set the stage for all future 007 love interests with her seductive and sultry emergence from the waves in a bikini that's still to this day one of the most memorable moments in film history. Armed with a knife and bag of shells she meets Bond on the island of Crab Key. She is arguably considered the best bond girl.


Vesper Lynd- Eva Green (Casino Royale 2006)
Other than Bond's future wife Tracy, Vesper is the only woman to whom James proposes. Vesper works at MI6 headquarters and is loaned to Bond, much to his irritation, to assist him in his mission to bankrupt Le Chiffre. After Bond takes all of Le Chiffre's money, she is kidnapped but Bond rescues her and they become lovers. She holds a terrible secret, however: she is a double agent and only worked with Bond because she was under orders to see that he did not escape Le Chiffre. At the end of the film, she commits suicide, leaving a note admitting her treachery and pledging her love to Bond.


Tatiana Romanova - Daniela Bianchi (From Russia With Love 1957)
Tatiana Romanova was a Russian office clerk who was used to lure Bond to Istanbul. When he first meets her, Bond says, "You're the most beautiful girl I have ever seen." He charms Tatiana and she falls for him. She is sedated on the train through Eastern Europe. She discovers that she is being played by a SPECTRE agent, Colonel Klebb. In Venice, Bond and Tatiana meet Klebb again who, in an attempt to retrieve the LEKTOR and kill Bond, disguises herself as a maid and tries to eliminate the agent with a dagger-tipped shoe poisoned with blowfish venom. Romanova shoots Klebb, thus saving Bond.


Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson- Halle Berry (Die Another Day 2002)
Jinx Johnson is an NSA agent on the tail of Zao, a North Korean terrorist. When Jinx first meets 007 in Havana, she has the intention of killing him. But after a spot of death-defying grappling, she ends up falling for Bond's smooth charms. Jinx keeps crossing paths with Bond throughout the film and soon they join forces and go after Zao and Graves together. The scene where she emerges from the ocean in a bikini paid homage to the character of Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) from the first Bond film, Dr. No.


Contessa Teresa "Tracy" Di Vicenzo- Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969)
Tracy was the one true love of James Bond. In the end of the movie we see bond and Tracy getting married in Portugal. On the run from Blofeld and his men, a night blizzard forces them to a remote barn in the Swiss Alps where Bond declares his love for her and proposes. Unfortunately, in the shock final scene of the film, on their way to their honeymoon, Ernst Blofeld's sidekick drives by and guns down the two happy couple. Bond is unharmed, but Tracy is killed.


Anya Amasova- Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me 1977)
Anya Amasova, code name XXX, is sent to retrieve the micro-film. Her and 007 have a kind of race to see who retrieves it first. Anya retrieves it with considerable ease. Later on 007 and XXX work side by side to stop Stromburg. She does not take it lightly when she discovers that Bond killed her boyfriend but she eventually falls for him.


Camille Montes- Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace 2008)
Camille first meets Bond in Haiti where she has her own agenda in killing General Medrano, due to the fact that he killed her family when she was only a girl. She seduced Dominic Greene as a way to get to Medrano, but it didn't work. At first she clashes with Bond, but soon begins to realize he is the only one she can trust. They then team up and go after Greene and Medrano. She also suffers from pyrophobia because of the tragedy; this is seen during the part where the building starts to burn after Camille had exacted revenge on Medrano.


Pussy Galore- Honor Blackman (Goldfinger 1964)
Pussy Galore is a self-declared lesbian who worked for Goldfinger. She has her own flying circus which is a group of professional women aviators in connection with Goldfinger's Operation. Pussy Galore has a dislike in men, however she falls for 007 and eventually helps 007 defeat Goldfingers plan.

Other? Honourable mentions:

Elektra King- Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough 1999)


Wai Lin- Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies 1997)


Xenia Onatopp- Famke Janssen (GoldenEye 1995)


Kara Milovy- Maryam D'Abo (The Living Daylights 1987)


Solange Dimitrios- Caterina Murino (Casino Royale 2006)
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