Since 1962, the James Bond film franchise has graced the silver screen a whopping 26 times. And while there have been seven dreamy actors bestowed upon us assuming the role of Mr. Bond himself, we’re not here to talk about agent 007.
The global success of the James Bond franchise is greatly influenced by the women who have appeared in the movies. If you’re wondering what these strong and beautiful women look like now, take a look at the list below.
1. Ursula Andress, 1962
Ursula Andress is often cited as the original Bond girl for her role as Honey Ryder in 1962’s “Dr. No.” Her introduction scene — walking out of the sea in a white bikini with a diving knife on her hip — is an iconic moment in cinema.
2. Eunice Gayson, 1962
Eunice Gayson, who played Sylvia Trench, starred in the first two James Bond franchise films, “Dr. No” and “From Russia With Love.” In her older age, Gayson appeared as the grandmother in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
3. Shirley Eaton, 1964
Shirley Eaton played in many films before and after her role in the Bond movie, “Goldfinger.” In the film, she appeared as the woman painted in gold. Her part was so popular that LIFE magazine used Eaton dressed as her part on its cover for the November 1964 issue.
4. Honor Blackman, 1964
English actress Honor Blackman was one of Bond’s girls in Goldfinger back in 1964. She played Pussy Galore. Now, Blackman still acts and her most recent appearance in 2015 in the “You, Me & Them” TV series.
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.”
6. Luciana Paluzzi, 1965
Like “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball” had to have a memorable and sexy villain, and that came in the form of Luciana Paluzzi as the SPECTRE agent Fiona Volpe.
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 two of them talk about how Chinese girls are different from all other girls.
8. Karin Dor, 1967
German actress Karin Dor played the beautiful ginger-haired Helga Brandt in “You Only Live Twice.” Helga pretends to fall for Bond only to get the chance to kill him. After she fails, she ends up being killed herself.
9. Diana Rigg, 1969
Diana Rigg played Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, Bond’s wife in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” She still acts and is currently on the series “Game of Thrones” as Olenna Tyrell.
10. Lana Wood, 1971
The sister of the late Natalie Wood portrayed Plenty O’Toole in “Diamonds Are Forever.” She’s since starred in over 20 films and 300 TV episodes.
11. Jane Seymour, 1973
Jane Seymour rocketed to worldwide fame in 1973 as the enigmatic Solitaire in Roger Moore’s James Bond debut, “Live and Let Die.” Since then, she has worked regularly in both film and television.
12. Britt Ekland, 1974
Britt Ekland, a Swedish actress, was well known for her role as Mary Goodnight in “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Mary was Bond’s personal assistant in London and during a mission in Hong Kong.
13. Barbara Bach, 1977
Barbara Bach portrayed Anya Amasova, the KGB agent who has a competitive flirtation with Bond, in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me. Bach had a consistent film career throughout the ‘70s and early ‘80s. While she hasn’t appeared in anything since 1986, she married former Beatle Ringo Starr in 1981 and they live in the English village of Cranleigh together.
14. Carole Bouquet, 1981
Carole Bouquet achieved international fame as the vengeance-seeking Melina Havelock in “For Your Eyes Only.” She has continued acting in dozens of films, plays, and television series ever since.
15. Grace Jones, 1985
The famous model and singer played Bond girl, May Day. In the film, “A View To a Kill.” May was an assassin working with Bond’s enemy and killed his driver, but after being betrayed by her own, she joins Bond’s team.
16. Maryam d’Abo, 1987
Maryam D’Abo portrayed the cello-playing sniper Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond movie “The Living Daylights.” In 2002, she co-wrote and starred in the documentary “Bond Girls Are Forever.”
17. Carey Lowell, 1989
Carey Lowell began her career as a model before breaking into film and achieving success as Pam Bouvier in “Licence To Kill,” the second and final Bond film of the Dalton era.
18. Izabella Scorupco, 1995
The beautiful Polish-Swedish actress Izabella Scorupco played Natalya Simonova, a programmer working at a Russian Space Control Center, in “Goldeneye.” She collaborated with Bond helping him with his mission.
19. Famke Janssen, 1995
Fake Janssen played the villainous femme fatale Xenia Onatopp in 1995’s “GoldenEye.” Her career just continued to take off after she booked the role of Jean Grey in 2000’s “X-Men” and returned to the part in multiple “X-Men” films to follow.
20. Teri Hatcher, 1997
Teri Hatcher has had an amazing career that started when she was cast in “Tomorrow Never Dies” as Paris Carver. She’s played in the hit show “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” and won a Golden Globe for her role in “Desperate Housewives.”
21. Denise Richards, 1999
Denise Richards started her career as a model before gradually transitioning into films throughout the 1990s, culminating in her role as Christmas Jones in ”The World Is Not Enough.”
22. Sophie Marceau, 1999
The gorgeous French actress Sophie Marceau was also a Bond girl, under the name Elektra King in “The World is Not Enough.” Marceau is an actress, director, screenwriter, and author.
23. Halle Berry, 2002
Halle Berry played Jinx in the 20th film of the James Bond series “Die Another Day.” She was famous for reproducing the popular Honey Ryder scene where the actress walks out of the sea wearing a hot bikini with a knife attached to it.
24. Rosamund Pike, 2002
Rosamund Pike’s first feature film role was that of the villainous Miranda Frost in “Die Another Day.” The English actress then went on to notable roles in 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice” and 2012’s “Wrath of the Titans” before getting her biggest break in “Gone Girl,” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
25. Eva Green, 2006
Eva Green was chosen for the role of Vesper in “Casino Royale.” Her latest work was the recreation of the Disney film “Dumbo” where she plays Colette Marchant.
26. Olga Kurylenko, 2008
Olga Kurylenko played a Bolivian agent, Camille Montes, in “Quantum of Solace.” Since then, she has played many secondary roles, mostly in action movies like “Hitman,” “Oblivion,” and “The November Man.”
27. Bérénice Marlohe, 2012
Bérénice Marlohe was mainly doing French TV movies or guest starring on French TV shows before gaining worldwide fame as anti-hero Bond girl Sévérine in 2012’s “Skyfall.”