When I was just 10 years old, I remember sitting in front of the T.V. for hours watching annual cable marathons of back to back 007 episodes. Each action-packed story had a little bit of everything, and when I went to school the next day, everyone would talk about 007. You would think that I’m some old man talking about my time watching Bond in the 80s, but the funny part is that this was 2005 and the 007 saga was still as popular with children as it was in the 80s. I would run around my house pointing my fingers at the wall, hearing the iconic soundtrack running through my head.
I would sit in class daydreaming that I could save the day and have my own romantic moment with a girl at school. It would take me a long time to understand that women don’t need saving, and this article showcases the women of 007. What role did they play in society? Did they enjoy their time in the movie, and what are they doing now? We also put in some motivating quotes from Brainy Quote.com for the little boys and girls who want to know what it means to succeed and be strong.
Louis Maxwell actually lobbied very aggressively to get the part when she auditioned for the very first James Bond film “Dr. No,” (1962.) Maxwell played the role of Miss Money Penny who was secretary of the famous “M.”
The reason she needed the role so badly is that she needed to fund her sick husbands’ medical bills. Her career with the trilogy stretched to 14 movies, she would go on to act in many shows, and her last film before passing in 2007 was the 2001 thriller “The Fourth Angel” alongside Jeremy Irons.
Ursula Andress became famous for her role as Honey Ryder in the first Bond film 007 “Dr. No” (1962.) Andress was cast for the part only a week before filming began after directors saw a picture of her with her husband, actor John Derek.
The Swiss-born actress went on to do movies such as “The Fifth Musketeer” 1979, “Clash of the Titans“, and “Liberté, égalité, choucroute” 1985.
“I don’t have time to think about my age. There are so many things I want to do!”
Tatiana played KGB intelligence corporal Tatiana Romanova. In the trilogy’s “From Russia with Love“, she was tasked with seducing Bond in order to trap him. This form of espionage tactic is still used around the world today.
After her success in Hollywood, Bianchi chose to do the hardest job of all; being a stay at home mom. She preferred this to her life of acting and reportedly loathed the acting world. With most of her day to day friends leaning more towards the world of professional intellect.
“A man fights with his mouth when his fists are lacking.”
Honor Blackman played the iconic role of P#$$y Galore in “Goldfinger” and had previously played Cathy Gale in The TV Series “The Avengers“.
She, later on, signed herself in support of “Republic,” a Campaign for an Elected Head of State, and the UK’s campaign to replace the monarchy with a republic, and even declined a CBE honor in 2002. For Blackman, it was essential to play the role of a strong woman that girls can look up to. “Really, in a way, I took over the male role.”
Shirley Eaton played the feisty Jill Masterson in the 1964 film, “Goldfinger” but retired from acting five years later saying she preferred to devote herself to her children.
When asked by the Daily Mail if she would like to live forever, Eaton said; “No. Now I am in the winter of my life, I think you must enjoy whatever you can day by day. I believe we live on in our children. I have five beautiful grandchildren. The world is full of uncertainty, but I’m in a very good place. I’m comfortable in my own skin.”
French-born Claudine Auger is known best for her role as Dominique “Domino” Derval in the 1965 007 films “Thunderball.” In 1971 Auger starred with two other famed Bond girls, Barbara Bach, and Barbara Bouchet in the film Black Belly of the Tarantula, a Giallo mystery. Auger has worked very hard in other films, and theatre shows back in Paris.
She is quoted by the LA Times on her relationships forged Stateside saying; “I like coming here. I call all my friends, among them Clint Eastwood, and before I go back, I always go to the end of Santa Monica pier and throw a coin in the Pacific. Just as we do in Rome’s Trevi Fountain–to make sure we will return one day. So far, I’ve kept coming back to Los Angeles, so I guess it must work. . .. ”
Luciana Paluzzi played the fictional “Spectre Assassin,” Fiona Volpe, who is one of the famous antagonists in the 1965 “Thunderball” movie.
Fiona would be the first female character whose life was taken by bond after he used her as a shield during a firefight, a scene that would later be parodied in the movie Austin Powers. Paluzzi actually tried for the part of Domino Derval, and although she did not get it, she was given the role of the female assassin “Fiona Kelly.” A name that was later on before filming switched to Fiona Volpe.
Akiko Wakabayashi had an iconic role. In the 1967 Bond film “You Only Live Twice,” she played “Aki,” a Japanese Secret Service agent who was not to be messed with! Aki would be the fourth woman in the trilogy that Bond does not succeed in protecting from death. Akiko’s character was originally named Suki and changed in honor of Akiko to Aki.
Akiko was not too into the acting world and did not do another movie ever again after Bond. Akiko Wakabayashi had said in Japan that she wanted a “normal life,” and worked as a T.V. and radio host, as well as advocating for preserving old farms and farming techniques. She also wrote a total of 14 books about child-rearing, manners, and self-discovery.
Diana Rigg played the newlywed wife of Bond, Tracy Bond. In the 1969 movie, “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969. She was supposed to be assassinated in the 71 film Diamonds Are Forever, but then Bond actor George Lazenby’s announcement that it would be his last Bond film. They wrote the assassination scene in 69.
Rigg would later go on to get her sixth Emmy nomination for he role as “Olenna Tyrell,” on the world-famous trilogy series “Game of Thrones.”
“If you have a good inner life, you don’t get lonely. I’ve got a good imagination. I don’t miss romance.”
Jill St. John
Jull St. John plays the mischievous diamond smuggler in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Over the years Jill and her husband Robert Wagner have proven that some Hollywood couples do stay together for the long run.
They are often spotted strolling down LA together in matching outfits. The two had worked together on many films since first dating in the 1950s when Jill was just a teen. St. Johns last dip into the movie industry was in the 2002 movie “The Calling.”
Jane Seymour had the very honorable role of Ian Flemings original 1954 book henchman character “Solitaire,” who was a Voodoo psychic who appeared in the EON productions 1973 James Bond film, “Live and Let Die.”
Seymour has been married and divorced four times, but she has done just fine on her own. She featured on Playboy Magazine at the age of 62 and had a hilarious role of a wealthy senator’s lusty wife in the movie “Wedding Crashers,” where she is almost abusive in her desire for the character played by Owen Wilson.
Swedish born actress/singer and longtime UK resident Britt Ekland played Marry Goodnight in arguably the best Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun.” She since played in some very prominent roles, one of them being in the British cult Horror “The Wicker Man.”
Today Britt prefers the quiet life in her homes in LA and Sweden with her dog and says she’s not interested in being with any men “I just want Tequila (her dog’s name). I don’t want to wake up with a man in the bed, passing wind and snoring and with bad breath and all the rest of it, in his dirty underwear. No thank you!”
Barbara Bach played as Anya Amasova or, “Agent Triple X” in the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me.” She has shared a lovely marriage to Beatles drummer Ringo Starr since 1981. Bach’s character Anya Amasova, uses the Iconic ultra-small firearm, the .25 caliber Beretta Model 950 Jetfire with a stainless-steel finish.
“I was at a party in London when I met Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. She introduced herself, and I didn’t believe her name. So, I just replied: ‘Yeah, and I’m Cathy Carrot.’ I think maybe I got off on the wrong foot!”
Former fashion model and American actress Lois Cleveland Chiles is best known to Bond fans for her role as Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 film “Moonraker.”
In 2001 Chiles was diagnosed with breast cancer. She successfully conquered the disease and as of 2018 declared herself healthy and cancer-free. You go, girl!
“Billy Barnes signed me and got me my first role in an interracial love story filmed in Atlanta called ‘Together for Days’ with Clifton Davis. My mother thinks it was my best work. You cannot find a copy of it.”
Carole Bouquet appears in the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” as the daughter of a British marine archaeologist Sir Timothy, and his wife, Iona Havelock. During filming for the movie, the production had to figure out what to do about the diving scenes, seeing as Carole had chronic sinus problems, and could not swim underwater.
Today Carole Bouquet prefers to live in her home town of Pantelleria France as a winemaker rather than act. “What bothers you isn’t so much whether you’re beautiful or not. What bothers you is the way that people stare.”
Swedish actress Maud Adams or, Maud Solveig Christina Wikstrom had two roles in the Bond trilogy in both ‘Octopussy”, and “The Man with the Golden Gun” as Andrea Anders and Octopussy herself. She is actually the only bond girl to play in two different films. She has since played in shows like, “Kojak,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Starsky and Hutch,” and later “That ‘70s Show!”
“You may shelve your Shakespearian plans for the present. I am going to play Peter Pan.”
Tanya Roberts was nominated by the “Razzle Awards” for the “Worst Actress” award in her part as Stacy Sutton in the 1985 Bond film, “A View to a Kill” with Roger Moore.
In 1998 Tanya began her iconic role as “Midge” in the hit show “That 70s Show.” What I really want is a commercial hit. If you’re in a hit, you’re suddenly a star, whether you acted well or not.
Jamaican born singer, actress, and model Grace Jones was the first black Bond girl in the trilogy’s history. She played a mad henchwoman named “May Day” in the 1985 Bond film “A View to a Kill.” A film that would be Roger Moore’s last appearance as 007.
She most recently took the stage as one of the hosts of the Tommy Hilfiger, Zendaya disco-themed fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. “I don’t like people who hide things. We’re not perfect, we all have things that people might not like to see, and I like to show my faults.”
English model turned actress Maryam d’Abo reached limelight in the 1987 bond film “The Living Daylights” as Kara Milovy and play the opposite to Timothy Dalton. She went on to write the book “Bond Girls Are Forever: The Women of James Bond.” She also hosted a documentary based on the book itself.
She went on to film another documentary in her 50s about her struggle with a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed her and in an interview with telegraph said; “It was like an earthquake inside my head, I was convinced I was still in a nightmare, and I couldn’t wake up – it was a terrifying descent into the most painful hell, where I arrived almost at death’s door”.
American actress and former model Cary Lowell played in the breakthrough Bond movie “License to Kill” and even dubbed the voice of the same character in the Bond video game, “007: Legends.” Lowell’s latest work was in the hit NBC drama series Law & Order from 1996-2001.
“I didn’t fall into the category of the ‘classic Bond girl.’ I had short hair – and no Bond girl before me ever had. They put me in a wig at the beginning of the film and then had my character cut her hair to pretend to be someone else. That was to explain why my hair was short.”
Ironically sharing the same last name as the movie she was in, Samantha Bond played in two Bond movies as the iconic Miss Moneypenny in both “GoldenEye” and “Die Another Day.” This bond era was referred to as the Pierce Brosnan Bond era.
Today she holds the high pedestal in hit British series Downton Abbey as Lady Rosamund. “I adore acting; it’s in my blood – quite literally – but I can honestly say the most creative thing in the world for me is being a mother.”
Judi Dench is by far the most iconic Bond girl of all! She plays the strong mother figure to bond and his direct boss “M.” Dench went on to play in many the 007 movies including some of the most recent ones such as 007 “Spectre.”
“I don’t think anybody can be told how to act. I think you can give advice. But you have to find your own way through it.”
The Bond girls really came from all over the world such as Polish-Swedish actress, model, and singer Izabella Dorota Scorupco who played the smart and sassy Russian computer programmer Natalya Simonova in the movie “GoldenEye.” Today Izabella lives strong in a beautiful 6.5-million-dollar spy looking mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
“I was born in Poland I came to Sweden when I was eight and always wanted to act and suddenly ended up in a Bond movie which was for me at that time absolutely enormous.”
Famke Janssen is for sure one of the most well-known women in action movies, and 007 is just one of her many roles around the scope of the genre. The Holland-born actress starred as Xenia Onatopp in “GoldenEye“. She would later play prominent roles in 2003’s “X2“, and “X-Men United“.
Her latest film is in the mini-series The Blacklist Redemption as Susan ‘Scottie’ Halstead. “I think every movie is its own little world, and a director certainly sets the tone.”
Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh played Wai Lin in “Tomorrow Never Dies” who was handcuffed to Pierce Brosnan in the movie and portrayed as wiry and delicate, but she is actually a powerful and inspiring woman. Yeoh had studied martial arts performance and was crowned Miss Malaysia in 1983.
“If you read a lot of Chinese literature, there has always been very strong women figures – warriors, swordswomen – who defended honor and loyalty with the men. So, it’s not new to our culture – it’s always been very much a part of it. It’s good that now the Western audience would have a different image of the Chinese women.”
Teri Hatcher started her career as an NFL cheerleader before joining the cast of the Hit TV show “The Love Boat,” and even had a guest appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1988. Hatcher played Paris Carver in the 007 films “Tomorrow Never Dies.” One of her most recent projects was her casting on the show “Desperate House Wives.”
“Changing what you don’t like about yourself can be empowering, and that’s not a bad thing. Feeling secure enough to own what is weak and missing from either your body, mind or spirit and to commit to action to change it is a good thing.”
Denis Richards started her acting career in the 1990s and never looked back! She appeared in the Bond movie “The World is Not Enough” as Christmas Jones. She also was a guest actress on the 2004 power sitcom Friends”, as well as in “Seinfeld“, and “90210“. She more notably starred in “Starship Troopers“, and romantic-comedy film “Love Actually.”
“A date once leaned in to kiss me, and he ended up kissing my cheek. He was a little offended, but I didn’t want to kiss him just not to hurt his feelings.”
Sophie Marceau played Elektra King in “The World is Not Enough” in the year 1999. Marceau became a well-known star after her performance in the movie “Braveheart” in 1995. Today Sophie Marceau prefers to play in European acting jobs saying the acting scene in Europe is more sensitive to women, and that the American acting world makes her feel uncomfortable.
“I felt sometimes too responsible as an actor because people promote violence or weird things that I don’t want to be part of.”
Halle Berry was a site that can’t be missed in her performance in the trilogy’s 2002 film “Die Another Day.” Berry played the strong, smart, and innovativeGiacinta “Jinx” Johnson with co-star Pierce Brosnan. Berry was the first Bond girl to win an Academy Award for her performance on 007. Berry recently was featured on the Today show to talk about the reason behind putting a picture of her son up on her Instagram saying she wanted to give a taste of her everyday life to her loving fans.
“Let me tell you something – being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless, and it is always transitory.”
Eva Green played the fictional character Vesper Lynd, a treasury liaison officer in the 2006 Bond movie “Casino Royale” by EON Productions. Vesper Lynd is a pun on West Berlin, just like her namesake she split with loyalties and Ian Fleming wanted to portray the West-East Berlin conflict through her. She recently modeled for “InStyle Russia” in 2018.
“I think it’s very important to recognize talent in all facets of filmmaking. Making a movie is such a lengthy and intense experience, so it’s wonderful to honor actors, directors, producers, and all crew members who put so much hard work and passion into a project.”
Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian model and actress who is best known for her role in the movie as Camille Montes on the 22nd Bond film, “Quantum of Solace“. Olga received the certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance in L’Annulaire, and also starred in the Paris, je t’aime segment Quartier de la Madeleine opposite to Elijah Wood.
“Every one of us, no matter how damaged or abnormal or shut down, we’re all looking for love. Every person needs love in this world, but our views on what love is varied enormously.”
Naomie Harris plays the rendition of the classic character Moneypenny, as Miss Eve Moneypenny in “Skyfall,” and 007 “Spectre.” Harris has recently been featured in many modeling projects such as her photoshoot with Gucci.
“I think the role of the Bondwoman has changed so much over the years that it now doesn’t follow a typical archetypical view. Before, it was very much a beautiful woman who didn’t contribute much and who usually ended up getting killed or was arm candy for Bond. But now the women in a Bond movie have so much more to offer.”
Lea Seydoux played Madeleine Swann, on the 2015 “Spectre” sequel. Her latest film was the ensemble piece; “It’s Only the End of the World” from director Xavier Dolan, in which she stars alongside French acting royalty – Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye. It is adapted from the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce.
“I see society as something dangerous, and you have to save yourself from the rules. I think acting is the way I save myself.”
British born actress Eunice Gayson played the first girlfriend of 007 portrayed as Sylvia Trench in both “Dr. No,” and “From Russia with love.” She was originally going to be cast as Miss Moneypenny, but the part went to Lois Maxwell.
Gayson started her career playing Frau Schrader in the London rendition of “The Sound of Music.” She went on to act in theatre after her work with 007. Gayson was the first woman ever to be seen in a James Bond movie. Her Daughter would later have her own scene in the saga in the 1995 “GoldenEye.”
Zena Marshall was born a British expat in the African nation of Kenya in 1925. Marshal played a Chinese SPECTRE agent “Miss. Taro in the debut 007 film “Dr. No.” Marshall’s character is known to be the first “bad girl” character in Bond history.
Marshall also appeared in popular films “The Switch” (1963) and “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” (1965,) and then back into the Bond saga for an appearance as herself in the TV special “The Incredible World of James Bond“, the behind the scenes look at the Bond phenomenon during the release of “Thunderball“. Her last film was “The Terrornauts” (1967.)
Martine Beswick played the part of Zora who was one of two Gypsy women who fought for the love of the chief’s son in the 1963 “From Russia with Love.” She would also return many years later to play the part of Paula Caplan in the “Thunderball” Sequel.
The Jamaican born actress pivoted her roles to the world of horror films beginning in 1967 in the movie Prehistoric Women. She later starred in the movies, “Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde” (1971), “Seizure” (1974), “Strange New World” (1975), “Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell” (1978), “The Offspring” (1987), “Cyclone” (1987), “Evil Spirits” (1990), “Trancers II” (1991), “Critters 4” (1992), and “Night of the Scarecrow” (1995).
Aliza Gur plays the part of the second Gypsy in the subplot for the love of the chief’s son in her role as “Vida” in the movie “From Russia with Love“. The two would share a fight to the death dual for the love of the son of the chief, with Vida ultimately gaining the upper hand and winning the struggle.
Gur was the first Israeli actress to have a part in the 007 trilogies. She started her professional life as a soldier in the Israeli Army, and then went on to study acting in Tel Aviv under the tutelage of well-known director Peter Fry.
Tania Mallet had a big part in the film “Goldfinger” (1964,) as Tilly Masterson. Despite the film’s success Mallet was very adamant about the fact that she was not interested in doing any more Bond films saying that it was “dreadful,” as she cited the pay being very low, and felt that many restrictions were imposed on her personal life in the contract with the production.
Mallet went on to pursue a career she enjoyed more as a model and accumulated a net worth of 5 million dollars.
Nadja Regin played the young female belly dancer “Bonita” in the movie “From Russia with Love” who secretly worked for a major narcotics smuggler named “Mr. Ramirez.”
Bonita and Bond have a significant scene together where he meets her backstage of the dance club dressing room for an embrace, as she attempts to assassinate him, he turns around quickly and uses her as a shield against a man holding a club, she never re-appears in another bond scene again.
Margaret Nolan had two roles in Ian Fleming’s “Goldfinger“. One as a bikini-clad girl painted gold in the title sequence of the movie, and as Bonds masseuse named “Dink” at the Fontainebleau Hotel.
Nolan was basically the face of the movie as she was also featured center on the official movie poster. Nolan went on to pursue a life as an artist and sometimes produced graphic photo-montages that she assembled from cutouts of her early publicity photographs.
Corinne Clery made her dazzling Bond debut in the 1979 Moonraker movie. She starred as the villan Hugo Drax’s personal assistant Corinne Dufour, and charmed Bond as she flew him to his antagonist’s estate. As she gave Bond a personal guided tour of the Complex, she also revealed some secret information about Drax to him.
After Bond, the French actress later starred with another former Bond Girl, Barbara Bach in the movie 1979 Humanoid. She also continued to land movie roles like Hitch Hike, The Con Artists and some Italian movies. Most recently, she became a housemate on the Italian Celebrity Big Brother.
Another fabulous Bond girl who made a lasting impression in the 1979 movie Moonraker was Emily Bolton. She played Manuela, a Brazilian Secret Service agent based in Rio. After tailing Bond at the airport, she rushed to his hotel room to welcome him with open arms and a special vodka martini. She then helped Bond locate one of his enemy Drax’s warehouses.
The Aruban actress went on to carve a successful TV and movie career. She landed recurring roles in shows like Space: 1999, Tenko and Capital City, and movies like Empire State.
In the 1981 Bond movie For Your Eyes Only, Lynn-Holly Johnson plays a young ice skating prodigy named Bibi Dahl. Bibi is also sponsored by a double agent, named Kristatos and tries to win played Bond’s attention on the ice-rink.
While she was a Bond girl, Lynn-Holly Johnson was also a professional ice-skating champion as well as being an actress. She also starred as an ice skater in movies like Ice Castles. She then took a break from acting to focus on her family, but in 2009 she appeared in the TV show Tales from Dark Fall.
Kristina Wayborn had her time in the Bond limelight in the 1983 movie Octopussy. She appeared as Magda, Octopussy’s assistant. After Bond stole a Faberge egg at an auction, she tries to seduce him to steal it back. She also showed her martial arts prowess when she beats the villain Kamal Khan’s guards in the movie.
After her breakthrough role as the Bond girl, Kristina went on to land roles in hit TV shows like Dallas, Airwolf, Baywatch, and That ‘70s Show. Her most recent appearance was in Frankenstein in 2010.
Another Bond Girl sensation from the 1983 movie Octopussy was Tina Hudson. She played an undercover MI6 agent Bianca and assisted Bond on his mission in Latin America. She helped Bond infiltrate a military base to plant an explosive on a Cuban spy plane. When the mission went awry, and Bond was captured, she used her charms and legs to distract Bond’s captors.
Amazingly, Tina Husdon was only 17 at the time that she made her Bond debut. While she certainly made a memorable impression on Bond, it seems that she didn’t go on to pursue a career in acting after this role.
Mary Stovin assumed her Bond girl mission in the 1985 movie A View to Kill. The glamorous actress played Kimberley Jones, an MI6 agent who assisted Bond in Siberia, as he attempted to recover a lost microchip from a former agent. After Bond snowboarded down a mountain, Kimberley greeted him on a boat with a bottle of vodka and the microchip.
After the Swedish actress assisted Bond with style and finesse, she also continued to enjoy a successful acting career. Mary appeared in movies like Open House, Alien Terminator and Born to Fight. Aside from her acting talents, she also released an exercise album.
Fiona Fullerton proved she was a true undercover Bond agent when she stepped onto the set of A View To a Kill in 1985. She starred as Pola Ivanova, a KGB agent who had escaped with a tape with the incriminating evidence. When Bond follows her, a struggle ensues until they realize that they had met before. They then spent the night in the hot tub, before Bond steals the tape back.
While the British actress had her time to shine as a Bond girl, she also starred in movies like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and TV shows like Hold The Dream and The Charmer. She is also a singer and manages her own property company. Fiona also proved she is multi-talented in 2013 by competing as a celebrity in Strictly Come Dancing.
Talisa Soto had her time in the Bond spotlight in the iconic 1989 movie License to Kill. She starred as Lupe Lamora, who was a mistress of a drug lord named Franz Sanchez. Lupe first caught Bond’s attention on a boat, and later at a casino. He then seduces her and takes her upstairs, as part of his plan to reach Frank Sanchez.
Aside from being one of Bond’s love interests, Talisa also made a name for herself in the industry as a model and an actress. Some of her most memorable roles were in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Pinero and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever alongside Lucy Lui.
Serena Gordon stepped onto the set of GoldenEye in 1995 as Caroline, a psychological evaluator sent by MI6 to evaluate Bond. When Bond greets her and takes her for a spin in his Aston Martin, he engages in a race with a nearby car. He suddenly stops and seduces her in the smoothest way possible with a bottle of champagne. So the evaluation was thorough!
While the British actress made her Bond debut as an MI6 agent, she also carved a successful career as a TV star. Her acting credits include TV shows like The Bill, Holby City, and Midsomer Murders.
Cecilie Thomson made her mark on the Bond universe in the 1997 movie Tomorrow Never Dies. She featured as a Danish University Professor named Inga Bergstorm. She soon becomes the object of Bond’s affections, and he says to her in Danish how “I’ve always enjoyed studying a new tongue Professor.” And we can all guess what happens next…
After starring opposite Pierce Brosnan in the Bond movie, you can spot the Danish actress in movies like House of Fools, 54 and Visions of Europe. Cecilie also took center stage in the Bryan Adam’s 1995 music video, called Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.
Serena Scott Thomas
Serena Scott Thomas jumped into the Bond limelight in the 1997 movie The World is Not Enough. Starring as Dr. Molly Warmflash, the chief medical officer at MI6, she was in charge of clearing Bond for duty after he dislocated his collar bone. While Bond may not have been technically fit for duty, he did seduce her with his charms. She later noted that he had “exceptional stamina”.
While Serena played the perfect Bond girl doctor, the English actress also continued to land roles in hit TV shows like Diana: Her True Story. She also landed roles in other movies like Hostage, Brothel and Inherent Vice.
Rosamund Pike was another M16 agent to grace the Bond set in the 2002 movie Die Another Day. She played Miranda Frost, an Olympic Fencing Champion, and her assignment is to investigate her fencing partner Gustav Graves. However, Bond soon discovers that she is actually a double agent.
After making her Bond debut, Rosamund actually received the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. She went on to star in the movie Libertine and even landed a BIFA award for Best Supporting Actress. After this, she continued to win acclaim for her roles in movies like Jonny English Reborn, Jack Reacher and Hostiles.
When Bond arrived at the presidential suite of his hotel in Hong Kong in Die Another Day in 2002, Rachel Grant knocked on the door offer him with a complimentary massage. Still, Bond suspected something was off straight away and reached down to find her gun. It turned out she was a spy for Mr. Chang, a Chinese Intelligence agent.
When the Filipina-born British actress wasn’t doubling as a Bond girl spy, she made a name for herself as an actress, writer, and social entrepreneur. Some of her other acting credits include TV shows like Casualty and movies like Until and The Purifiers.
Caterina Murino made her glamorous entrance in Casino Royale in 2006 as Solange Dimitrios, the wife of a villain named Alex Dimitrios. When she arrives at the casino, Alex dismisses her, so she sits at the bar. When she goes to leave, the valet brings her husband’s Aston Martin to her. However, the valet is actually Bond who had won her husband’s car at the table. He immediately tempts her with a drink.
Caterina is an Italian actress who jumped into the public eye in 1996 after winning the Miss Italy contest and became an actress. After starring as a Bond girl, she continued to land roles in movies like The Squad, We Are Family and Voice from The Stone.
Gemma Arterton accepted her Bond girl mission in the 2008 movie Quantum of Solace. She featured Strawberry Fields, a British MI6 office worker stationed in Bolivia. While her mission was to make sure Bond flew home, he ended up seducing her instead. When she helped him escape, she became a target herself for the villain in the movie, Greene.
Gemma’s breakthrough performance as a Bond girl landed her an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. After this, her career went from strength to strength, and she made a name for herself in movies like Clash of the Titans, The Disappearance of Alice Creed and The Finest.
Berenice Marlohe stole the show when she played Severine in the 2012 Bond movie Skyfall. In the film, she was being held a captive of Raoul Silva. When Bond met her in a casino, he convinced her that he could help her escape and they travel to a private island. However, Silva soon caught up with the pair and tried to exact his revenge.
While the French actress Berenice Marlohe may not have been so lucky in the Bond movie, she was lucky in her career. She continued to appear in many French TV shows like Femmes de Loi and Equipe medical d’urgence.
In the 2012 Bond movie Skyfall, Tonia Sotiropoulou became another object of James Bond’s affections. Unlike the other Bond girls though, Tonio didn’t have much of a speaking part. Instead, she was just known in the movie as Bond’s lover.
While the Greek actress didn’t have such a big part as a Bond girl, she did continue to establish herself as an actress. She later appeared in movies like Hercules and Waiting Room.
In 1969, Diana Rigg took center stage as the main Bond girl, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo. In the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, she featured as Bond’s wife. This made her even more unforgettable, and she made history as the second Bond girl to finally get 007 to settle down.
While Diana Rigg may have stolen James Bond’s affections in the 1969 movie, she has also enjoyed an extensive career and became an award-winning actress. Some of her most memorable credits include The Avengers, Mother Love, Rebecca and most recently she starred as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.