The women of the James Bond franchise have earned a place of esteem in pop culture all their own. Labelled “Bond Girls”, the actresses of the Bond Franchise are scrutinized, discussed, ranked and rated. At their best, they’ve created characters that earn their own spot in Pop Culture, such as Pussy Galore or Honey Rider. At their worst, they’ve become jokes, such as Christmas Jones.
Here’s my list of the best. Whether they were allies or adversaries, these are the women that illuminated the world of 007 the most brightly. Gorgeous, intelligent, capable, sometimes even deadly, these are the best that the franchise has to offer. The ten best Bond Girls ever!
As a special treat, later on today I’ll post the ten worst as well, seeing as everyone loves to rip into the bad Bond Girls.
Click through now though to check out my list of the ten best!
10) Octopussy – Maud Adams, “Octopussy”
Smuggler, entrepeneur, circus owner. Oh yes. With an unforgettable nickname, and a cadre of trained women as bodyguards, Octopussy keeps Bond busy. The real reason she’s here though is she was one of the best fits for Roger Moore.
9) Natalya Simonova - Izabella Scorupco, “Goldeneye”
Beautiful and fiery, Simonova works in the wrong place at the wrong time. Once she crosses paths with Bond, admittedly she mainly needs protecting, but she is able to contribute at several key moments via her computer skills.
8) Pam Bouvier – Carey Lowell, “Licence to Kill”
One of the best “Bond’s Equal” Bond Girls, Lowell holds her own while never outshining 007. She wields a shotgun, flies a plane, and helps Bond kill Dario, all while looking beautiful. Plus in the end she wins out over the lovely Lupe Lamora!
7) Elektra King – Sophie Marceau, “The World is Not Enough”
A fantastic role, where we get to see both sides of the coin. Sweet, helpless and in need of protecting, and then cold, cruel and vindictive. Marceau plays them both well. She’s a notable stand out in a lesser Bond chapter.
6) Agent XXX/Anya Amasova- Barbara Bach, “The Spy Who Loved Me”
Bond’s “Opposite Number”. His cold war counterpart Agent XXX serves as someone who can help Bond in the field and keep the bed warm with him at night. Capable and cunning, she and Bond are also kept apart by a tragedy of their line of work.
5) Tracy Draco – Diana Rigg, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”
OHMSS may have more than its share of issues, but they’re not Rigg’s fault. The first woman in the franchise that Bond loved, Tracy Draco was beautiful and capable. She saved Bond instead of the other way around!
4) Xenia Onatopp - Famke Janssen, “Goldeneye”
Femme Fatales welcome on this list! Janssen went as close as possible to going over the top in creating a fantastic Bond villain. The chemistry between her and Brosnan is one of the strong points of “Goldeneye”
3) Honey Rider – Ursula Andress, “Dr. No”
Honey Rider established the tone for all Bond Girls to follow. Gorgeous, capable, and occasionally in need of rescuing by Bond. The shot of her emerging from the ocean has become iconic, and synonymous with the Bond franchise.
2) Pussy Galore – Honor Blackman, “Goldfinger”
One of the foremost hench
men women in the entire franchise, Pussy Galore set the bar for women who would challenge Bond and for names that would give the audience the giggles. “I must be dreaming,” indeed!
1) Vesper Lynd – Eva Green, “Casino Royale”
As slick and quick-witted as Bond, watching she and Bond play cat and mouse was definitely one of the highlights of “Casino Royale”. The surprises revolving around her in the third act only add to her legacy. Completely unforgettable.
Well, there you have it folks. The best Bond Girls ever!
What do you think? Did I omit any? Any glaring errors in the ordering in your opinion?
Be sure to let me know in the comments below, and come back later to check out the ten WORST!