007 James Bond is charming, fearless, intelligent, and handsome. Bad guys are deathly afraid of him, and the ladies can’t resist him. The James Bond franchise revolves around British MI6 spy agent, James Bond. 007 is based on the Ian Fleming character and series of novels. Having started in 1962, it’s one of the longest-running film series. Eon Productions have produced the series since the beginning and includes 24 films. Additionally, there have been two non-Eon Productions. Seven actors have portrayed 007, including Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Bond is often portrayed as the ultimate hero that is skilled in various forms of combat. However, he’s not without his weakness, such as drinking, gambling, and cars. His greatest weakness is, without a doubt, utterly gorgeous women.
The Bond Girl is generally an intricate and crucial part in the entire series. Sometimes, they are his sidekick but can also turn out to be an enemy. Often, they’re Bond’s love interest or simply a one-night stand. The role of a Bond Girl has become a highly-coveted position. For some, being cast as a Bond Girl has been their breakout role. For others, they were already established but couldn’t pass up the chance to play opposite Bond. There have been numerous Bond Girls over the years, and many have gone on to have great careers. Here is a look at 16 Hottest Bond Girls: Where Are They Now?
16 Claudine Auger
007 has always been a sucker for a damsel in distress. So when James saw Domino in trouble, he instantly fell in love. It appears that Bond can never resist the villain’s mistress. Thunderball was the 4th James Bond film and was released in December 21, 1965. It starred Sean Connery as James Bond and Claudine Auger as Dominique “Domino” Derval. In 1953, Claudine won the title of Miss France Monde. She was the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest. After Thunderball, she became very popular in the Europe film scene but never had any major success in North America. Her success from appearing in the film led to her Playboy magazine appearance. She appeared in Italian films—Anyone Can Play and Black Belly of the Tarantula. In 1994, she appeared in British series The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. By the mid-90’s, she started to slow down her acting career.
15 Rosamund Pike
Miranda Frost was one of the coldest yet hottest villains in the James Bond franchise. Unfortunately for 007, he can’t resist a beautiful villain. Rosamund Pike portrayed Miranda Frost in the 2002 film Die Another Day. It was the final Bond film to star Pierce Brosnan and included Halle Berry. Pike made her film debut in Die Another Day, which became her breakthrough role. Berry got to play the lead Bond girl but Rosamund Pike stole the show. She’s quickly becoming one of the top leading ladies in Hollywood. She went on to star in a wide range of popular films, including Pride & Prejudice, Fracture, and The World’s End. Pike was universally praised for her critically-acclaimed performance as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl. Her role in Gone Girl elevated her to a whole new level. She was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe.
14 Naomie Harris
The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, was released on October 26, 2012 and stars Daniel Craig as 007. It also included Javier Bardem and Judi Dench. Miss Moneypenny is technically not a Bond girl but the intense underling romantic tension qualifies her for the role. Moneypenny has actually had minor roles in several Bond films including From Russia with Love, For Your Eyes Only, and License to Kill. She’s been portrayed by various different actresses, including Lois Maxwell, Barbara Bouchet, and Samantha Bond. The character was reintroduced in Skyfall initially as a field agent. Naomie Harris portrayed Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall. Prior to her Bond girl role, she appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and 28 Days Later. After Skyfall, she appeared in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Southpaw, and Our Kind of Traitor. She reprised her role as Moneypenny in the 2015 film Spectre. Harris was universally praised for her role in the Academy Award-winning film, Moonlight.
13 Jane Seymour
James Bond was sent on a mission to discover what happened to three murdered M16 agents. His search resulted in him meeting a beautiful psychic that can see the future and present events simultaneously. Live and Let Die is the 8th James Bond film, which was released on June 27, 1973. It was the first film to star Roger Moore as James Bond. It also starred Jane Seymour as Solitaire. This was Jane’s big breakthrough role, and she soon started landing major roles. She was praised for her role in the TV movie, East of Eden, and landed a recurring role in the original Battlestar Galactica series. From 1993 to 1998, she starred in the critically acclaimed series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Later she appeared in several popular TV series, including How I Met Your Mother, Castle, and Jane the Virgin. Additionally, she appeared in the 2005 film Wedding Crashers.
12 Léa Seydoux
The 24th and most recent edition in the James Bond series was Spectre. It was released on November 6, 2015 and starred Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, and Dave Bautista. It featured Léa Seydoux as Bond girl Dr. Madeleine Swann. Léa first gained attention for her roles in several memorable French films, such as The Last Mistress and On War. Her success in France led to her landing major Hollywood roles, including Inglourious Basterds, Midnight In Paris, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. At the 2013 Cannes film festival, she won the Palme d’Or for her critically acclaimed performance in Blue is the Warmest Colour. Following Spectre, she starred in It’s Only the End of the World and will appear in the upcoming film Kursk. She’s also had a successful modelling career. She’s appeared in several magazines, such as Vogue, and the French men’s magazine, Lui. It’s still early in her career but she’s certainly one of the most beautiful Bond girls.
11 Terri Hatcher
The gorgeous Paris Carver was once in love with James Bond. However, like all the women in his life, she ended up dating the crazy villain trying to take over the world. For all those women who dream of dating or marrying 007, you should know that it never ends well. Tomorrow Never Dies was the 18th installment in the James Bond franchise. It starred Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, and Terri Hatcher as Paris Carver. It was released December 9, 1997. Early in her career, Terri appeared in the films Tango & Cash, Soapdish, and 2 Days in the Valley. Teri had her first breakthrough when she portrayed Lois Lane in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Later, she starred as Susan Mayer in the hit series Desperate Housewives. She won the Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Susan. She continues to land prominent TV roles in several popular series, including The Odd Couple and Supergirl.
10 Honor Blackman
James Bond is in pursuit of the evil villain Goldfinger when a tranquilizer gun knocks him out. When he awakes on Goldfinger’s private jet, the first thing he sees is a breathtaking blonde. The 3rd James Bond film, Goldfinger, was released September 18, 1964. It starred Sean Connery and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. Galore was a pilot and skilled fighter who attempted to resist 007, which she failed at. Honor also starred as Cathy Gale in the hit ‘60s series The Avengers. Later in her career, she appeared in the TV series The Upper Hand, By Any Means, and Casualty. Additionally, she had a role in the 2001 film, Bridget Jones’s Diary. She also returned to theatre and appeared in the plays The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Cabaret. She had a brief music career and released the 1964 single “Kinky Boots.” In 2009, she released the new single “The Star Who Fell From Grace.”
9 Denise Richards
Without a doubt, Dr. Christmas Jones is the hottest nuclear physicist in the entire Bond universe. The 19th 007 film The World Is Not Enough starred Pierce Brosnan and Denise Richards as Christmas Jones. It was released on November 8, 1999. Christmas often wore hot and revealing outfits, which received some criticism. She is often ranked as one of the worst Bond Girls. In response to the backlash, Denise said, “These Bond girls are so outrageous and if I did really look like a scientist, the Bond fans would have been disappointed.” Prior to her role as a Bond girl, she starred in Starship Troopers and Wild Things. She later had minor roles in Two and a Half Men and Friends. She was often in the headlines due to her highly volatile relationship with Charlie Sheen with whom she has two daughters. In 2010, she briefly starred in her own reality series, Denise Richards It’s Complicated. She’s heavily involved with animal rights groups mainly Best Friends Animal Society.
8 Barbara Bach
KGB agent Anya Amasova (code name: XXX) is often ranked as one of the hottest and most gorgeous of the Bond Girls. Not only did fans all over the world fall in love with her, so did 007. James just can’t resist a fellow spy. The 10th James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, starred Roger Moore and Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova. It was released on July 7, 1977. In the ‘60s, Barbara was in great demand as a model and appeared on the covers of several popular magazines, including Elle, Seventeen, and Vogue. After her role in the Bond film, she starred in Force 10 From Navarone. In 1977, she made her first appearance in Playboy magazine. In 1981, she appeared a second time and graced the cover. Also in 1981, she appeared in the comedy Caveman. She met former Beatle Ringo Starr on set and they soon married.
7 Olga Kurylenko
Following the events of Casino Royale, 007 was furiously seeking revenge. However, he met a woman who had even more of a lust for revenge than he did. Quantum of Solace is the 22nd James Bond film and starred Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes. It was released on November 14, 2008. Camille is one of the few Bond girls that Bond didn’t end up sleeping with. In fact, Olga was pleasantly surprised that her character didn’t have any love scenes with 007 so that it wouldn’t distract from her character. Olga started her career as a model at the age of 13. Later, she would appear on the covers of Elle, Maxim, and the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. Following Solace, she appeared in a number of movies, including To The Wonder, The Seven Psychopaths and A Perfect Day. Camille was certainly one of the toughest of all the Bond girls.
6 Ursula Andress
One of the most iconic James Bond moments happened in the very first film. The scene features the stunning and gorgeous Honey Ryder emerging from the ocean in a white bikini with a diving knife. She not only caught 007’s attention but also audiences all over the world. Dr. No is the first James Bond film and was released October 5, 1962. It starred Sean Connery and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder. Ursula had her big breakthrough in her role as the first Bond Girl. She’s even stated that she owes her career to the white bikini and her role in Dr. No. She went on to star in the films Fun in Acapulco, The Fifth Musketeer, and Clash of the Titans. Additionally, she posed in Playboy magazine several times. Later, she slowed her career down and focused mainly on Swiss films.
5 Halle Berry
The 20th James Bond film, Die Another Day, was the 40th anniversary of the franchise. The film pays homage to the first film when the newest Bond girl, Jinx, emerges from the ocean in a scene reminiscent from Dr. No. Die Another Day starred Pierce Brosnan in his final appearance as 007. It was released on November 22, 2002. It also starred Halle Berry as NSA agent Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson. Prior to her role as a Bond girl, Berry was already on her way to becoming a major Hollywood star. She was best known for her role as Storm in the X-Men franchise. She won the Academy Award for her role in Monster’s Ball. Currently, she’s the only African-American female to win an Oscar for lead actress. In the last several years, she had several relationship issues and was in an intense custody battle with Gabriel Aubry. She remains one of the hottest Bond girls.
4 Maud Adams
Maud Adams is the only actress to ever play two different Bond girls. In both of her appearances, Roger Moore portrayed 007. She first appeared in the 9th Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, released December 19, 1974. She wasn’t the main Bond girl and instead played the mistress of Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). However, her career took off after her role in 007. She then starred in the 13th Bond Film, Octopussy, released on June 6, 1983. She starred as Octopussy and is considered one of the hottest and best Bond girls. She also had an uncredited role in Moore’s final Bond film, 1985’s A View to a Kill. Later, she appeared in the 1987 issue of Playboy featuring Bond Girls. She made minor TV appearances in several popular shows, such as Mission: Impossible, Walker, Texas Ranger, and That 70’s Show. Maud Adams will go down in history as one of the most iconic Bond girls.
3 Famke Janssen
Russian assassin Xenia Onatopp was the most seductive, hottest, and most violent of all the Bond girls. For Xenia, getting into a wild brawl and getting intimate aren’t that different as 007 found out. Goldeneye is the 17th Bond film and was the first film to be released after a 6-year hiatus. It was also the first film to star Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. It was released on November 13, 1995. Famke Janssen portrayed the seductive killer, Xenia Onatopp. Prior to her role in Goldeneye, she was a successful model and even worked with Victoria’s Secret. After her role in the Bond film, she starred as Jean Grey/ Phoenix in the X-Men franchise and later as Lenore Mills in the Taken trilogy. She’s also appeared in several popular series, including Nip/Tuck, Hemlock Grove, and How to Get Away with Murder. She’s also heavily involved with several charities including PETA. In 2008, The United Nations named her the Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity.
2 Eva Green
There have been all kinds of Bond Girls, including violent assassins, rival spies, and nuclear physicists. However, only Vesper Lynd was the love of James Bond’s life. Vesper had much more depth to her than most Bond girls and was more that just eye candy. Casino Royale is the 21st Bond film, which was released November 17, 2006. It is the first film to feature Daniel Craig as 007. It showed a young Bond still learning and falling madly in love. It also starred Eva Green as Vesper Lynd. The film was very well-received and gave Eva wide recognition. She continued to star in films, such as 300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. From 2014 to 2016, she starred in the horror series Penny Dreadful. She was praised for her performance in the series and was nominated for several awards.
1 Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger is widely regarded as one of the hottest Bond girls of all time. Never Say Never Again was released October 7, 1983. It starred Sean Connery and Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi. It was one of the few Bond films not produced by Eon productions. It was the second adaptation of Thunderball, and Basinger is the second actress to portray Domino. It was released the same year as Octopussy starring Roger Moore. The two films actually competed against each other with Octopussy doing slightly better. Sean Connery returned to the role after a 12-year hiatus and is his final appearance as Bond. Basinger’s role as Bond girl Domino was her breakthrough role. She later appeared in 9 1/2 Weeks, Tim Burton’s Batman, Wayne’s World, and 8 Mile. She is still landing major films roles and starred in The Sentinel, The Nice Guys, and Fifty Shades Darker. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in LA Confidential.
Sources: shape, maxim
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