The Best Bond Girls In The 007 Franchise

These are the best and hottest Bond girls in franchise history.

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Bond Girls have always been an integral part of the James Bond movies. From the early days of Ursula Andress emerging from the sea as Honey Ryder in Dr. No to the complex and tragic character of Vesper Lynd, portrayed by Eva Green in Casino Royale, these women have left an indelible mark on the popular spy franchise.

10. Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love (1963)

Daniela Bianchi portrayed Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in the 1963 James Bond movie. Tatiana is a Soviet cipher clerk who becomes one of Bond’s love interests. She is manipulated by Rosa Klebb, who recruits her as an unwitting pawn in SPECTRE’s plan to humiliate and discredit the British Secret Service. Tatiana believes she is on an important mission for her country, but she is just a tool for SPECTRE’s revenge against Bond.

Tatiana meets James Bond in Istanbul and is immediately taken by his charm. She is tasked with luring him to Istanbul, and when she meets him, she offers to defect with a Lektor (a Soviet encryption device that MI6 and the CIA have been after for years.) Tatiana’s cover story is that she is a Soviet consulate clerk in Turkey who wants to defect to the West.

Bond agrees to help her, not realizing that he is walking into a trap set by SPECTRE. Bianchi’s performance as a Bond girl was well-received by audiences and critics. Although her dialogue was dubbed by Barbara Jefford, her portrayal of the character made the Bong girl iconic.

9. Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Carole Bouquet is a French actress and fashion model who played the Bond girl Melina Havelock in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Melina is the daughter of British marine archaeologist Sir Timothy Havelock and his wife, Iona. In the movie, Melina seeks revenge against the villainous Kristatos for the murder of her parents and becomes an ally of James Bond in his mission to track down the ATAC.

Melina is a skilled crossbow marksman and helps James Bond in his mission to recover a valuable device known as the ATAC. Bouquet’s portrayal of Melina Havelock has been praised for being one of the more independent and capable Bond girls. The actress was only 23 when For Your Eyes Only was released, and her performance helped establish her as an international star.

8. Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995)

Famke Janssen played the role of Xenia Onatopp in the 1995 James Bond film. The character is a former Soviet fighter pilot and a ruthless assassin employed by Alec Trevelyan. Janssen’s portrayal of Xenia Onatopp has been praised for being one of the more memorable Bond girls due to her sadistic nature and unique killing method of crushing men to death with her thighs.

Janssen also performed some of her own driving stunts in the opening car chase between Bond’s Aston Martin and Onatopp’s Ferrar. Following the release of GoldenEye, the actress struggled with being thrust into the Hollywood limelight and felt misunderstood after her breakout role in the film. She later starred as Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series and Lenore Mills in the Taken film trilogy.

7. Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Barbara Bach played Bond girl Major Anya Amasova (also known as Agent Triple X) in the 1977 James Bond film. Anya meets 007 in Egypt, where they are both investigating the disappearance of submarines. She believes that Bond has killed one of her contacts, Fekkesh, and sets her thugs on him. But the real killer was Jaws (Richard Kiel, not the shark).

Anya eventually reveals that her lover, Sergei Barsov, was killed by Bond during a ski chase in Austria. When asked about his involvement, the super spy admits he killed him. Despite this revelation, they continue to work together to solve the case. They eventually end up in Stromberg’s underwater lair, where they are captured and escape.

6. Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live and Let Die (1973)

Jane Seymour played the role of Solitaire in the 1973 James Bond film. Solitaire’s character was given the unique nickname because she had sworn off men – until she met James Bond. The character is a psychic and an associate of Bond’s foe, Dr. Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). While Seymour’s portrayal of the famed Bond girl has been praised, the actress said (via BestLife) that she felt “useless” when playing the character.

However, in 2022, Seymour expressed interest in reprising her role as Solitaire if given the opportunity. “Of course, I’d do it,” the actress said, speaking exclusively to People. “I’ve always been very open about saying that I’d be happy to just walk behind the scene, and someone could go, ‘Is that Solitaire?’” It remains to be seen if the character will appear in future franchise installments.

5. Diana Rigg as Teresa di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

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Diana Rigg played Bond girl Teresa di Vicenzo (also known as Tracy) in the 1969 film. Tracy is the only woman to have married James Bond in the film series. The couple meets when he saves her from drowning herself in the ocean. Tracy is the daughter of Marc-Ange Draco, head of the crime syndicate Union Corse.

She is portrayed as a strong, independent woman who is unafraid to stand up to Bond. Tracy was killed by Bond’s arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld just hours after their wedding. Diana Rigg’s performance as Tracy has been widely praised. She was already a well-known actress, having starred in the popular TV series The Avengers from 1965-68.

4. Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)

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Bond girl Pussy Galore was played by Honor Blackman in the 1964 James Bond film. She is portrayed as a bold, bossy, intelligent, self-assured, and inflexible woman. She supports Goldfinger in his aims without question and plans to take advantage of their wealth to move to an island in the Bahamas and live a quiet life once Operation Grand Slam is over.

The character is known for her famous introduction to James Bond, saying, “My name is Pussy Galore.” Honor Blackman’s portrayal of the character was praised for being strong and independent, which was unusual for female characters in action films at the time. She was 39 years old when she was cast, making her the oldest Bond girl in the film series’ history behind Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) in Spectre.

3. Eva Green as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006)

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Eva Green played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the 2006’s Casino Royale. The character is a foreign liaison agent from the HM Treasury’s Financial Action Task Force assigned to ensure that Bond adequately manages the funds provided by MI6 for the high-stakes poker game. However, she is secretly a double agent working for Quantum, a criminal organization.

When Bond and Vesper meet for the first time on a train traveling in Montenegro, she introduces herself by saying, “I’m the money.” Bond responds, “Every penny of it.” Eva Green’s portrayal of Vesper Lynd was praised for being complex and multi-dimensional. She was not just a love interest for Bond but also a fully realized character with her own motivations and secrets.

2. Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day (2002)

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Halle Berry played NSA agent Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson in the 2002 James Bond film. Unlike some of her predecessors, this Bond girl is a primary character and spy who works with James Bond to stop the villainous Gustav Graves. Jinx has several memorable moments in the film, including a scene where she emerges from the ocean in a bikini, which is a nod to Ursula Andress’ iconic scene in Dr. No.

Halle Berry’s portrayal of Jinx Johnson received a mixed reaction from fans and critics. Some found her performance unsatisfactory, while others praised the character for being strong and independent.

1. Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr. No (1962)

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Ursula Andress played Bond girl Honey Ryder in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No. The character is a shell diver who earns a living by selling Jamaican seashells to dealers in Miami. She is a resourceful and independent woman who claims to not need help from anyone and can fend for herself until she meets Bond.

This trait is shared by other notable Bond girls, such as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale and Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko) in Quantum of Solace. Ursula Andress’ portrayal of Honey Ryder is famous for her iconic entrance scene where she emerges from the ocean in a white bikini. The outfit becomes an iconic piece of pop culture and set the standard for women’s swimwear.

While Bond girls have been an integral part of the James Bond franchise, they have faced criticism for certain problematic aspects. These women are often portrayed as sexual objects, emphasizing their looks and bodies over their personalities or abilities.

Additionally, portraying Bond girls as sexually available and submissive reinforces archaic patriarchal beliefs that women exist solely for male pleasure. Fortunately, Bond girls have evolved, but many critics argue that the franchise still has a long way to go in terms of representing women in a more positive and empowering light.