The Bond Girls Timeline
James Bond girls – sexy, clever, strong – they all have a special role in our culture since 1962’s Honey Ryder until the recent Severine and newest Lucia Sciarra. Looking at them one by one along the timeline teaches us something about the place of female characters in modern cinema, about fashion, and about ourselves. Enjoy this special Movies Briff, and don’t miss the video towards the end!
The New Bond Girl – Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci joined the cast as Lucia Sciarra, becoming, at the age of fifty, the oldest actress to be cast as a Bond girl.
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Do you remember who were the Bond Girls in the early Sean Connery Era?
James Bond Girls – The Early Sean Connery Era
Sean Connery’s first period as the original James Bond, began in 1962 with Dr. No and continued until 1967, with four more films: From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice. The classic Bond Girls in this early era where tempting, easy and revealing quite a lot for those years. The most remembered name is of course Pussy Galore.
Coming up Next: The Bond Girls of George Lazenby’s Short Appearance
The Bond Girls of George Lazenby’s Short Appearance
The only actor to play James Bond in a single movie, George Lazenby, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service from 1969. The girls in this movie were also a little different compared with the early movies and the later ones.
Coming Up Next: Have Sean Connery missed the James Bond Girls?
Sean Connery missed the James Bond Girls!
In 1971, Sean Connery returned to the James Bond series with Diamonds Are Forever, bringing back the sexy approach to the girl position. Plenty O’Toole, played by Lana Wood, is well remembered.
What’s Next? The Girls Get Roger Moore
The Girls Get Roger Moore
The second classic James Bond was Roger Moore, starting in 1973 with Live And Let Die, and then another five films until 1983: The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy. The Bond girls of the seventies were typical of those years, fashionable, strong, and they all led to the ultimate Bond girl Octopussy, played by Maud Adams.
Next: Bond Girls Say Goodbye to Connery and Moore
Bond Girls Say Goodbye to Connery and Moore
The last Bond movie with Sean Connery was in 1983 – Never Say Never Again. Good for us that he came back, as we got Kim Basinger as a Bond girl.
And… The Last Moore Movie and Bond Girl
Last Roger Moore Movie and Bond Girl
And the last Bond movie with Roger Moore was in 1985 – A View To A Kill. Also good for us that he came back, as we got a unique appearance by short haired Grace Jones.
Up Next: The Dalton Era Bond Girls
Dalton and The James Bond Girls
Between 1987 and 1989, Timothy Dalton appeared as James Bond in two films: The Living Daylights, License To Kill. Looking at the James Bond girls of the eighties, one can’t ignore the hairstyle and dresses. They were so eighties, with and without the clothes, and see Lupe Lamora played by Talisa Soto as a perfect example.
Coming Up: The James Bond Girls and Pierce
James Bond Girls Welcome Pierce
In 1995, in the film GoldenEye, Pierce Brosnan made his debut as James Bond, followed by 3 more movies until 2002: Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day. The Brosnan era during the nineties brought some glamorous Bond girls, including Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver and Halle Berry in a perfectly serious bikini as Jinx.
Next for the Hottest Bond Coolest Girls
Hottest Bond Coolest Girls
The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, who’s considered to have the hottest look, took position in 2006 with Casino Royale, followed by Quantum of Solace in 2008, the recent Bond in 2012 SkyFall, and the newest Bond movie in 2015 – Spectre. While he started with some outgoing provocative girls like Eva Green in the role of Vesper Lynd, you can see how with time they dress much more conservatively. Check out Naomie Harris as Eve, in a coat and scarf. No swimsuits here. It seems like the creators of SkyFall, who tried to break many Bond traditions, did the same with the casting.
Next for the Newest Bond Girl
The 2015 Bond Girl
In October 2015, the 24th film in the official James Bond series was finally released. Daniel Craig continues as Bond. And the newest Bond girl is Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, becoming, at the age of fifty, the oldest actress to be cast as a Bond girl. And she is perfect!
Next for an Amazing Video!
The Bond Girls Video
No other than the Wall Street Journal created this grat video. In their words: How have the hottest women of the James Bond film franchise changed through decades? See them as they looked then – and now – from Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder in Dr. No) to Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore in Goldfinger) and Barbara Bach (Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me).
Click play to enjoy 3 minutes and a half of Bond Girls.
One more video and a great photo showing the evolution…
The Bond Girls Evolution
This image sums up most of the years. I love it. And you?
Notice Two Missing? All that’s left are the recent Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre featuring Naomie Harris as Eve and Monica Bellucci as as Lucia Sciarra.
Top 23 James Bond Moments
If you’ve read all the way here and you have time for a short break – this video is for you. Lean back, click play and enjoy the top 23 moments from James Bond movies.
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Personal Message from the Editor
I like James Bond movies and I like this post. But I’m not sure why they are called “girls” when they are all mature women. It’s actually worse, I do know why. The James Bond world was created decades ago in a paternalistic environment and most of its spirit is demeaning towards women. I wish the producers and team behind James Bond will change this. Just as the weapons evolved with time, so should the gender bias. The audience will still love it. I think that SkyFall started to walk in this path. Spectre followed and continued. I like where it’s going.