Top 10 Bond Women

By Doug Strassler,

One of the most crucial elements to the James Bond franchise has been the “Bond Girl.” Some are good, some are bad, but 007 has been able to seduce them all. Below is a list of the most memorable:

10. Mary Goodnight in The Man With the Golden Gun (Britt Ekland)

Ekland is no great star, but the beauty made a humorous paramour for Roger Moore’s second outing as the famous spy – especially when she’s forced to wait in a closet while he’s stuck romancing another woman.

9. Tiffany Case in Diamonds are Forever (Jill St. John)

A smart foil for Bond, St. John’s Case looked great in a bikini and helped make Sean Connery’s lackluster final official Bond movie shine.

8. Xenia Onatopp, GoldenEye (Famke Janssen)

Pierce Brosnan’s first Bond film brought the franchise a modern take, which included this cleverly-named henchwoman, played by Janssen in her first major role. She’s also the first Bond woman to be seen having an orgasm.

7. Jinx, Die Another Day (Halle Berry)

Given that MGM was toying with the idea of spinning Jinx off into her own franchise, it shouldn’t be surprise that Oscar-winner Berry played a meatier Bond girl than most. She’s smart and stunning.

6. Anya Amasova, The Spy Who Loved Me, (Barbara Bach)

American Bach played KGB agent XXX in this playful entry into the Roger Moore canon, a modern equal for the agent. Shortly after this movie, Bach married Ringo Starr.

5. Wai Lin, Tomorrow Never Dies, (Michelle Yeoh)

Lin was another smart, independent Bond woman, who proved to be a perfect match for Brosnan’s Bond. Sexy and able to do plenty of action stunts, it’s a shame she never returned in a later film.

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

The Bond franchise had perhaps its greatest actress in the form on Bond’s true love. Service is kind of a mess of a movie, indulging in a ‘60s haze while unfolding perhaps the series’ greatest thread: Bond falls in love. It’s a story that would get revived in…

3. Vesper Lynd, Casino Royale, (Eva Green)

In the 2006 major Hollywood reboot introducing a brooding Daniel Craig. Lynd was a modern amalgam of all the Bond woman traits without embodying any of the stereotypes: smart, sultry and cunning. No wonder 007 fell in love with her.

2. Pussy Galore, Goldfinger, (Honor Blackman)

I’ll never know how MGM got away with using this name onscreen, but thank heavens they did. Blackman get extra credit for having the sexiest voice of all Bond women. Fun fact: Rigg had replaced fellow Blackman on TV's The Avengers., where her Emma Peel became renowned as the toughest of dames.

1. Honey Ryder, Dr. No, (Ursula Andress)
Swiss starlet Andress’ voice was dubbed over, but no one was watching for her elocution. Her bikini-clad emergence from the sea spoke volumes. This is the character who gave birth to the Bond woman phenomenon in the first place.

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