MI6 looks at the history of the Bond Girls and how characters and perceptions have changed over the years...

Bond Girls - The Legacy
2nd July 2006 (Updated: 6th February 2009)

Defining A Bond Girl
The modern-era definition of a Bond Girl is a character who provides a love interest for James Bond or is sex object in a film, novel or video game.

Bond girls are often victims rescued by Bond, fellow agents or allies, villainesses or members of an enemy organisation; sometimes, as with many 'pool' scenes, they are mere eye candy and have no direct involvement in Bond's mission. Other female characters such as Judi Dench's M and Miss Moneypenny are not considered Bond girls.

The role of a Bond girl is typically a high-profile part that can give a major boost to the career of unestablished actresses (for example Jane Seymour, Rosamund Pike), although there have been a number of Bond girls that were well-established prior to gaining their role (for example Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Halle Berry).

Above: Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder - considered the "first" Bond Girl.

However, the original term "Bond Girl" was associated with the many bikini-clad girls who had no spoken lines and hung around pools, hotels and lairs and served no real purpose, other than to act as eye candy or to generate publicity at the film's launch. The shift in this meaning occurred after The Living Daylights, the last film to use a gaggle of bikini babes and the James Bond actor of the day for publicity shots.

Above: Timothy Dalton posing with the "Bond Girls" for a The Living Daylights photo shoot.

  Examples of these include sunbathing Miami beauties in Goldfinger, Tiger Tananka's bathing beauties in You Only Live Twice, the Thai girls at the kung fu school in The Man With the Golden Gun, and Sheik Hossein's harem in The Spy Who Loved Me. However, in Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, and The Living Daylights these women were also referred to in the media as fully-fledged Bond girls to provide added publicity for the film through eye-catching magazine and newspaper appearances. In Moonraker this included members of Drax's "master race" and a group of women encountered by Bond in the jungles of Brazil. In For Your Eyes Only, the women were seen frolicking around a villain's pool, while in Octopussy they served mainly as the title character's underlings. In A View to A Kill, they adorned Max Zorin's outdoor reception and in The Living Daylights, they served as decorations at the villain's swimming pool. One "Bond girl" in For Your Eyes Only was later revealed to be a post-operative transsexual (Tula).

Past To Present
Ursula Andress is often considered the first Bond girl, playing Honey Ryder in the film Dr. No (1962). In fact she was preceded by Eunice Gayson who played the character Sylvia Trench in the same film. Trench is the only Bond girl to appear as the same character in more than one film, appearing again in From Russia with Love (1963). Initially, Trench was planned to be a regular girlfriend of Bond's in the series, but she was dropped due to a change of director for Goldfinger.

To date, only one Bond girl has really captured the heart of James Bond. Tracy di Vicenzo played by Diana Rigg, marries Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). At the end of the film, Tracy is gunned down by Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. It was initially planned that her death would actually occur in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this idea was dropped during filming of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Within the official series, Maud Adams is the only actress to play two different Bond girls, first in The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974, and then as the title character in Octopussy (1983). She additionally appears as an extra in a third Bond film, A View to a Kill in 1985, in the market scene.

Two other girls, Martine Beswick (Thunderball) and Nadja Regin (Goldfinger) also appear in a second adventure: they first appeared in From Russia with Love.

Above: Mr & Mrs Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

In 1995, Famke Janssen portrayed Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye; she is considered the only major female character (and villain) whom Bond does not bed. More frequently, traditional Bond girls that have romantic trysts with Bond are later discovered to be villainesses, such as Sophie Marceau's Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Rosamund Pike's Miranda Frost in Die Another Day.

Above: Denise Richards and Sophie Marceau from "The World Is Not Enough"


Since the film series began, Bond girls have been criticized by feminists, and others, who feel they generalize women as bimbos, damsels in distress, or objectify women as a result of Bond's actions.

Through the years, the role of the Bond girl has changed from the stereotypical 'woman hanging on his gun-arm' to Bond's equal, possessing special skills he needs to complete his mission, or even at times women that rescue Bond. These Bond girls are shown to be more headstrong, resourceful, and, in recent films, capable of holding their own. For example, in Moonraker the character of Holly Goodhead is established as being a trained space shuttle commander, a number of years before the first female shuttle commander was appointed in the real world. Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies, is a trained special agent working for People's Republic of China; Jinx in Die Another Day is presented as Bond's opposite number in the NSA.

There have been a few failed attempts to create a female version of Bond though. Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me was supposed to be Bond's equal from the KGB, but her character lacked a sense of threat or competency. Other character failures have occurred when supposed intelligence has been over stressed: geologist Stacey Sutton in A View To A Kill is a damsel in distress, and nuclear physicist Dr Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough was criticised for her bimbo-esque appearance.

Above: Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) and Jinx (Halle Berry) were considered Bond's female equivalents.


  • Lois Maxwell was originally considered for the part of Sylvia Trench. Instead she got the part of Moneypenny and a little bit of cinema history was born.
  • Raquel Welch was originally cast as Domino; however 20th Century Fox Production Chief Richard D. Zanuck asked producer Albert R. Broccoli to release her from contract as a favour. Julie Christie and Faye Dunaway were both contenders for the role of Domino.
  • Crucially, the murder of Tracy Bond was originally supposed to open Diamonds Are Forever, but was added to the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service [1969] late in the day.
  • Solitaire was originally a black character. Gayle Hunnicutt was signed to play Solitaire, but had to pull out when she became pregnant. Diana Ross was considered for the role of Solitaire.
  • Lois Chiles had originally been offered the role of Anya in Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977), but turned down the part when she decided to take temporary retirement. She got the role of Holly Goodhead by chance when she was given the seat next to Lewis Gilbert on a flight.
  • After the release of Die Another Day, MGM and EON Productions considered creating a spin off series featuring Halle Berry's Jinx character. Plans for this were cancelled in 2003.
  • Early drafts of Die Another Day included an appearance by Wai Lin, but Michelle Yeoh was unavailable.
  • Vesper Lynd, the Bond girl from Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, is believed to be based on Christine Granville, a real-life SOE agent.
  • Playboy Playmate Lisa Dergen is, to date, the only real-life person to be featured as a Bond girl in any literary Bond story, in Raymond Benson's short story "Midsummer Night's Doom".
Movie Bond Girls
Bond Girl
Dr No Honey Ryder
Sylvia Trench
Miss Taro
Ursula Andress
Eunice Gayson
Zena Marshall
From Russia With Love Tatiana Romanova
Sylvia Trench
Daniela Bianchi
Eunice Gayson
Aliza Gur
Martine Beswick
Goldfinger Jill Masterson
Tilly Masterson
Pussy Galore
Shirley Eaton
Tania Mallet
Honor Blackman
Nadja Regin
Margaret Nolan
Thunderball Dominique "Domino" Derval
Fiona Volpe
Patricia Fearing
Paula Caplan
Mlle. La Porte
Claudine Auger
Luciana Paluzzi
Molly Peters
Martine Beswick
Maryse Guy Mitsouko
You Only Live Twice Aki
Kissy Suzuki
Helga Brandt
Akiko Wakabayashi
Mie Hama
Tsai Chin
Karin Dor
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tracy di Vicenzo
Ruby Bartlett
Diana Rigg
Catherina von Schell
Angela Scoular
Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case
Plenty O'Toole
Jill St. John
Lana Wood
Denise Perrier
Live And Let Die Solitaire
Rosie Carver
Miss Caruso
Jane Seymour
Gloria Hendry
Madeline Smith
The Man With The Golden Gun Mary Goodnight
Andrea Anders
Britt Ekland
Maud Adams
Carmen Sautoy
The Spy Who Loved Me Anya Amasova (Agent XXX)
Unnamed blonde agent (ski lodge)
Barbara Bach
Caroline Munro
Sue Vanner
Olga Bisera
Moonraker Holly Goodhead
Corinne Dufour
Hostess Private Jet
Lois Chiles
Corinne Clery
Emily Bolton
Leila Shenna
For Your Eyes Only Melina Havelock
Lisl von Schlaf
Bibi Dahl
Carole Bouquet
Cassandra Harris
Lynn-Holly Johnson
Octopussy Octopussy
Penelope Smallbone
Maud Adams
Kristina Wayborn
Michaela Clavell
Tina Hudson
A View To A Kill Stacey Sutton
May Day
Pola Ivanova
Kimberley Jones
Jenny Flex
Pan Ho
Tanya Roberts
Grace Jones
Fiona Fullerton
Mary Stavin
Alison Doody
Papillon Soo Soo
The Living Daylights Kara Milovy
Maryam d'Abo
Virginia Hey
Kell Tyler
Licence to Kill Lupe Lamora
Pam Bouvier
Talisa Soto
Carey Lowell
GoldenEye Natalya Simonova
Xenia Onatopp
Izabella Scorupco
Famke Janssen
Serena Gordon
Minnie Driver
Tomorrow Never Dies Paris Carver
Wai Lin
Prof. Inga Bergstrom
Teri Hatcher
Michelle Yeoh
Cecilie Thomsen
The World Is Not Enough Elektra King
Dr. Christmas Jones
Dr. Molly Warmflash
Giulietta da Vinci (Cigar Girl)
Sophie Marceau
Denise Richards
Serena Scott Thomas
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Die Another Day Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson
Miranda Frost
"Peaceful Fountains of Desire"
Halle Berry
Rosamund Pike
Rachel Grant
Casino Royale Vesper Lynd
Eva Green
Caterina Murino
Ivana Milicevic
Quantum of Solace Camille
Agent Fields
Olga Kurylenko
Gemma Arterton
Note: Bond Girl entries in italics indicate that no proof is available that they were 007 'conquests'.

Video Game Bond Girls
As technology improved over the years, Bond Girls started to appear in licence 007 video games. "GoldenEye 64" by Rare was the first game to feature realistic women, with Natalya and Xenia appearing from the titular movie. Professional actresses began to supply the voices for characters with "Agent Under Fire". Thanks largely to Electronic Arts, the female roles became increasingly realistic, with Cyber Scanning technology and skilled 3D modellers allowing the game designers to import the likeness of an actress in to the digital domain. The showcase game for Bond Girls in video games is "Everything Or Nothing", which featured a Hollywood actress (Shannon Elizabeth), a super model (Heidi Klum), a recording artist (Mya) and Japanese favourite Misaki Ito all providing their voice and likeness to the digital adventure.

Video Game
Bond Girl
Voice & Likeness Actress
Agent Under Fire Zoe Nightshade Caron Pascoe *
Nightfire Dominique Paradis
Zoe Nightshade
Alura McCall
Makiko Hayashi
Lena Reno *
Jeanne Mori *
Kimberly Davies *
Tamlyn Tomita *
Everything Or Nothing Serena St. Germaine
Dr. Katya Nadanova
Miss Nagai
Mya Starling
Shannon Elizabeth
Heidi Klum
Misaki Ito
From Russia With Love Tatiana Romanova
Elizabeth Stark
Kari Wahlgren *
Maria Menounos
Natasha Bedingfield
Note: * denotes voice only.

Above: Shannon Elizabeth and Heidi Klum lent their voice and likenesses to "Everything or Nothing" characters Serena St. Germaine and Katya Nadanova respectively.

Literary Bond Girls

Ian Fleming
Bond Girl
Casino Royale Vesper Lynd
Live And Let Die Solitaire
Moonraker Gala Brand
Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case
From Russia With Love Tatiana Romanova
Dr. No Honeychile Rider
Goldfinger Pussy Galore
Jill Masterson
Tilly Masterson
From A View to a Kill * Mary Ann Russell
For Your Eyes Only * Judy Havelock
Quantum Of Solace * No Bond girl
Risico * Lisl Baum
The Hildebrand Rarity * Liz Krest
Thunderball Dominetta "Domino" Vitali
The Spy Who Loved Me Vivienne Michel
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Teresa di Vicenzo
You Only Live Twice Kissy Suzuki
The Man With The Golden Gun Mary Goodnight
The Living Daylights * No Bond girl
The Property Of A Lady * No Bond girl
Octopussy * No Bond girl
007 In New York * Solange

Kingsley Amis (AKA Robert Markham)
Bond Girl
Colonel Sun Ariadne Alexandrou

Charlie Higson (Young Bond)
Bond Girl
SilverFin Wilder Lawless
Blood Fever Amy Goodenough
Double Or Die Kelly
Hurricane Gold Precious Stone
By Royal Command Roan

Sebastian Faulks
Bond Girl
Devil May Care Poppy
Scarlett Papava (Larissa Rossi)

Note: * denotes short story.

John Gardner
Bond Girl
Licence Renewed Lavender Peacock
Ann Reilly
For Special Services Cedar Leiter
Nena Bismaquer
Ann Reilly
Icebreaker Paula Vacker
Rivke Ingber
Role Of Honour Percy Proud
Freddie Fortune
Cindy Chalmer
Nobody Lives For Ever Sukie Tempesta
Nannie Norrich
No Deals, Mr. Bond Ebbie Heritage
Heather Dare
Scorpius Harriet Horner
Win, Lose Or Die Beatrice Maria da Ricci
Clover Pennington
Nikki Ratnikov
Brokenclaw Sue Chi-Ho
The Man From Barbarossa Nina Bibikova
Stephanie Adore
Death Is Forever Elizabeth St. John
Praxi Simeon
Never Send Flowers Flicka von Grusse
SeaFire Flicka von Grusse
COLD (AKA Cold Fall) Beatrice Maria da Ricci
Toni Nicolleti

Raymond Benson
Bond Girl
Blast From The Past * Cheryl Haven
Zero Minus Ten Sunni Pei
The Facts Of Death Niki Mirakos
Midsummer Night's Doom * Lisa Dergan
High Time to Kill Helena Marksbury
Gina Hollander
Hope Kendall
Live At Five * Janet Davies
Natalia Lustokov
Doubleshot Heidi Taunt
Hedy Taunt
Never Dream of Dying Tylyn Mignonne
The Man With The Red Tattoo Reiko Tamura
Mayumi McMahon

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