With the dawn of the latest James Bond film just days away, The Sci-Fi Movie Page decided to tackle an enormous task. We raise a question that easily makes its way into any conversation about the super spy: who are the best Bond Girls? There are Vixens, Babes, Heroines, and Girlfriends. Each brings something different to the role and picture and they will all be remembered in one way or another. Without further ado, here is The Sci-Fi Movie Page’s “Top 10 Bond Girls”.
10. Honey Rider
When Ursula Andress walked onto that beach in Dr. No, she set a precedent for all other Bond Girls. She was both sexy and tough. We place her on our list for setting the bar so very high and that grand entrance. She doesn’t make our top 5 because she is really nothing more than just eye candy. Honey Rider might be great to look at, but story-wise, she contributes very little to the film.
9. Sylvia Trench
She easily makes the list as she was the very first person to prompt James Bond (Sean Connery) to utter that famous introduction, “Bond, James Bond.” In Dr. No. Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson) makes our list for another reason, she is credited as being Bond’s “Girlfriend”. This is a distinction, certainly. How many women were romantically involved with Bond so much that they appeared in the next picture? Sylvia Trench does just that as she and Bond are out having a picnic after the opening credit sequence in From Russia with Love.
A stretch for some for her to be a “Bond Girl”, but Lois Maxwell deserves to be on the list. Poor Miss Moneypenny, she never gave up in trying to land Bond. In some ways, you feel sorry for her because just once she deserved to be the girl sailing away into the sunset with Bond. Lois Maxwell also makes our list because she was originally cast as Sylvia Trench but traded parts with Eunice Gayson. Why? Because Maxwell would make more money and show less skin while filming Dr. No. The rest, as they say, is history.
7. Mary Goodnight
When Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) enters into the picture, she is just too eager to please. She obviously wants to assist Bond (Roger Moore) in completing his mission in The Man with the Golden Gun. However, she also wants to land the super spy throughout the picture. She is even forced to listen in on Bond getting busy with Miss Anders (Maud Adams) all in the line of duty. Goodnight makes our list because, in the last half of the film, she does, in fact, help Bond out and all in a bikini. That alone takes a certain caliber of woman and one that we respect. There have been classic Bond bikini’s in the past, but none of those ladies foiled an egomaniac while wearing one.
6. Jill Masterson
The “Golden Girl” in Goldfinger really is just a pawn that is used and then crushed. It always amazes me how quickly she betrays her employer, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), for our super spy. It’s not like she is doing anything other than being seen with him. Her horrific murder does set Bond (Sean Connery) on a quest for vengeance in the picture which is a slight departure for the franchise at this point. Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) also makes our list for the sheer power of her iconic murder. The image of this beautiful woman covered in gold paint is easily one of the most recognizable in the Bond franchise, if not all cinema.
5. Elektra King
As Bond girls go, Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) is an anomaly. Elektra starts off as the innocent victim. Bond (Pierce Brosnan) falls for her, as we do, so the revelation that she is actually the villain stings so much more. We all thought that Renard (Robert Carlyle) was the big baddie, but now his presence is almost forgotten because Marceau nails the role of Vixen so perfectly. This makes her our only bad girl on the list.
4. Pussy Galore
She has the name that says it all. If you read the novel “Goldfinger”, you would know that she liked the ladies, hence the name. The movie only eludes to that sexual preference. Pussy Galore is one of the few exceptions in the Bond franchise. She starts off as a Vixen, but then sees the light and helps to save the day. There are several ladies that Bond tries to convert and many do not stay on the righteous path. Pussy does. Pussy Galore makes our list for one more reason, Honor Blackman, who played Pussy, held the distinction of being the oldest Bond Girl on screen at age 39. She relinquishes that title this year to Monica Bellicci’s Lucia, 51, in Spectre.
There aren’t many Bond Girls that can stop you in your tracks. Jane Seymour’s virgin psychic is the real power on screen and behind the evil Kanaga (Yaphet Kotto). She isn’t a bad girl who Bond (Roger Moore) must sway. In fact, Solitaire is a prisoner held captive because of her abilities. After a night with Bond, she loses those abilities and must fake her way out of her dangerous situation. A true damsel in distress, Solitaire is the good girl that needs saving from the monsters that hold her. Not the most feminist of characters, but then again, Bond never did too much for feminists, to begin with.
2. Tracy Bond
There are many women who get to end the picture with James Bond, but none, save one, got to marry him. Tracy (Diana Rigg) starts off in her great distaste for Bond (George Lazenby), especially after he saved her life. The two come to terms but their story is put on hold as Bond goes undercover to stop Blofeld (Telly Savalas). Where Tracy comes back into the story is that she is the one who saves Bond and allows him to finish his mission. Now their love story, which has been absent from the picture for over 30 minutes, is back in full force, a credit to both Rigg and Lazenby for snapping the audience back into this unique part of the Bond franchise. We know it doesn’t end well for either one of them, but what a great finale as Bond and Tracy’s father take down Blofeld’s lair.
1. Wai Lin
There aren’t many team-ups in the Bond franchise where Bond’s counterpart can hold her own. That certainly didn’t happen in The Spy Who Loved Me with Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) or with Jinx (Halle Berry) in Die Another Day. One could easily argue that Bond truly met his equal in Michelle Yeoh’s Wai Lin. We believe that Wai Lin can hold her own against James Bond, the icon because Michelle Yeoh can kick any actor’s ass playing him. However, it isn’t fisticuffs alone where Yeoh stands out. She is also able to battle Bond with witty comebacks and bounce the advances right back at him. She stands tall at number one on our list.
A whole new set of Bond Girls arrives in Spectre on November 6th, 2015.