In 2002, ex-Bond girl Maryam d’Abo and director John Watkin created a movie called Bond Girls Are Forever as a tribute to all the women who’ve starred in James Bond movies. James Bond, the handsome guy with the unique cars and incredible skills has always been fond of beautiful women. The global success of the James Bond franchise is greatly influenced by the women who have appeared in the movies.
At buzviral we love to refresh your memory, so here’s a list of all the Bond Girls (in chronological order) through the years. Most of those actresses became famous after their roles as Bond girls. Check out how many you remember.
1. Ursula Andress, 1962
No one could ever forget the first ever Bond girl, Honey Ryder, and her glorious scene where she walks out of the Caribbean Sea in her white bikini with her knife attached to it. Ryder was played by Ursula Andress who made fans go crazy over her.
After James Bond, she played in several movies like What’s New Pussycat and American and German TV series. She hasn’t been active in the movie industry since 2005.
2. Eunice Gayson, 1962
Eunice Gayson played Bond’s girl not once, but twice, since her character, Sylvia Trench, was standing next to Bond in both Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). Her introduction line “Trench. Sylvia Trench.” was a highlight in Bond’s life since this turned into his famous trademark ever since: “Bond. James Bond.”
She starred in many movies after Bond, but she was mostly known for BBC Sunday-Night Theatre. She stopped acting in 1972 and died at the age of 90 in 2018.
3. Shirley Eaton, 1964
James Bond’s Goldfinger was one of the most popular movies in the 60s. Jill Masterson, played by Shirley Eaton in 1964, was the famous gold-painted girl who helped Bond blackmail Goldfinger. Unfortunately, her story didn’t end well because Goldfinger killed her to get revenge.
Her career soared after Bond and she participated in more than 40 movies and TV series until 2001. In 1999 she even wrote about her experience as a Bond girl under the title Golden Girl, which had great success.
4. Honor Blackman, 1964
English actress Honor Blackman was one of Bond’s girls in Goldfinger back in 1964. She played Pussy Galore, who was running a group of female pilots under the control of Auric Goldfinger.
Blackman never stopped acting, with her most recent appearance in 2015 in the You, Me & Them TV series. She was best known for her long-time role as Catherine Gale on The Avengers TV show. She has also played Professor Lasky in several episodes of Doctor Who back in the 80s.
5. Martine Beswick, 1965
Martine Beswick played Paula Caplan in Thunderball in 1965, but this wasn’t her first time taking a Bond girl role. She had also played Zora a few years back in the film From Russia With Love (1963).
Beswick went to London to further her acting career. After her participation in James Bond, she started to get noticed. Over the course of her career, she played in several movies and her acting stopped around the 90s.
6. Luciana Paluzzi, 1965
Fiona Volpe was a spider-women whose mission was to seduce the men who fell into her traps. Played by the hot Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi, in 1965’s Thunderball, Fiona was accidentally killed while dancing with Bond in an enemy’s attempt to kill him.
Later she played in several films, but she didn’t make any major movies. The Italian American actress stopped acting back in 1978 with her participation in the famous TV series Hawaii Five-O.
7. Tsai Chin, 1967
Tsai Chin is a Chinese-born British actress who played a Bond girl named Ling, in the very first scene of You Only Live Twice in 1967. In the famous scene, the 2 of them talk about how Chinese girls are different from all other girls.
Chin didn’t confine herself to acting, she is also a singer, a teacher, and an author of the book Daughter of Shanghai. After Bond she played in several major movies like Memoirs of a Geisha, Now You See Me 2, and Casino Royal. Her latest movie appearance was in Lucky Grandma in 2019.
8. Karin Dor, 1967
The beautiful ginger-haired Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice was played by German actress Karin Dor back in 1967. Helga pretends to fall for Bond only to get the chance to kill him. After she fails, she ends up being killed herself.
Dor played in more than 70 movies in her career as an actress both in America and Germany. Her latest role was Rosa in Die abhandene Welt. She died in 2017.
9. Diana Rigg, 1969
If you are a Game of Thrones fan you probably already know that Diana Rigg played Olenna Tyrell. But back in 1969, Rigg was also one of Bond’s girls in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the most important one. Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo soon became Mrs. Tracy Bond.
Rigg’s successful career speaks for itself. She’s won many Emmys and other awards and has never stopped acting. Aside from her role in Game of Thrones, she played in Detectorists and she also appeared in Doctor Who as Mrs. Winifred Gillyflower in the episode “The Crimson Horror.”
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