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Bond 50 Poll: Favorite Bond Girls

Where would James Bond be without his famous Bond Girls? In addition to the guns and the gadgets and the villains, a good James Bond movie needs a lovely lady (or preferably several) to complete the formula. Let’s vote for our favorites. [Post has been updated with photos!]

Every James Bond film has at least one Bond Girl. Sometimes they’re sidekicks, and other times they’re villains. They’re always beautiful, and when we’re lucky (which is sadly not always the case), they can occasionally even act. Yet very few of them have truly risen above the rest to become iconic.

The image of Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) stepping out of the ocean in her white bikini is one of the most famous scenes in all of cinema, and it’s still breathtaking. Of course, Honor Blackman’s performance as bad girl Pussy Galore in ‘Goldfinger‘ is the stuff of legend. Both gorgeous and smart, she was a worthy foil for Bond.

Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry) may not have been too critical a character in ‘Live and Let Die‘, but she’s important for facilitating the franchise’s first interracial love scene. Later, Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ was the first Bond Girl on equal standing with our hero.

Other notables include Jane Seymour as the virginal Solitaire in ‘Live and Let Die’, Carey Lowell as tough girl Pam Bouvier in ‘Licence to Kill‘, Famke Janssen as the gleefully evil Xenia Onatopp in ‘GoldenEye’, Sophie Marceau as the devious mastermind behind the plot in ‘The World Is Not Enough‘, and ice queen Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) in ‘Die Another Day‘. I’ll also toss a shout-out to Halle Berry in the latter, though it’s debatable whether she actually helps or hurts that film.

Most 007 movies feature multiple Bond Girls. I’ve attempted to list the most important of them in the poll below, but feel free to tell us about other favorites I’ve missed in the Comments.

Vote for as many options as you’d like.

Who Are Your Favorite Bond Girls?

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Honey Ryder, ‘Dr. No’
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Tatiana Romanova, ‘From Russia with Love’
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Sylvia Trench, ‘From Russia with Love’
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Pussy Galore, ‘Goldfinger’
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Domino, ‘Thunderball’
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Fiona Volpe, ‘Thunderball’
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Kissy Suzuki, ‘You Only Live Twice’
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Theresa “Tracy” Di Vicenzo, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’
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Tiffany Case, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’
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Plenty O’Toole, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’
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Solitaire, ‘Live and Let Die’
Solitaire Live and Let Die Bond 50 Poll: Favorite Bond Girls

Rosie Carver, ‘Live and Let Die’
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Mary Goodnight, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’
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Andrea Anders, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’
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Anya Amasova, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’
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Holly Goodhead, ‘Moonraker’
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Melina Havelock, ‘For Your Eyes Only’
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Bibi Dahl, ‘For Your Eyes Only’
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Octopussy, ‘Octopussy’
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Penelope Smallbone, ‘Octopussy’
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Stacey Sutton, ‘A View to a Kill’
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May Day, ‘A View to a Kill’
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Kara Milovy, ‘The Living Daylights’
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Pam Bouvier, ‘Licence to Kill’
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Lupe Lamore, ‘Licence to Kill’
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Natalya Simonova, ‘GoldenEye’
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Xenia Onatopp, ‘GoldenEye’
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Wai Lin, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’
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Paris Carver, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’
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Christmas Jones, ‘The World Is Not Enough’
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Elektra King, ‘The World Is Not Enough’
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Jinx, ‘Die Another Day’
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Miranda Frost, ‘Die Another Day’
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Vesper Lynd, ‘Casino Royale’ 2006
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Solange Dimitrios, ‘Casino Royale’ 2006
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Camille Montes, ‘Quantum of Solace’
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Strawberry Fields, ‘Quantum of Solace’
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Miss Goodthighs, ‘Casino Royale’ 1967
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Domino, ‘Never Say Never Again’
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Fatima Blush, ‘Never Say Never Again’
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20 comments

  1. Barsoom Bob

    My choices were strickly BGILF and doesn’t really have anything to do with their loyalties or actions within the stories.

    Tatiana
    Fiona
    Tiffany
    Wai
    Vesper

    A guy can dream can’t he ?

  2. EM

    I voted for Honor Blackman’s character in Goldfinger (whose name I don’t even like to say!), but for an honorable mention I nominate the Bond girl I find most outstandingly memorable: the same movie’s Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson, the “golden girl”. That image is indelible.

  3. Mike Attebery

    Halle Berry was horrible. The way she ran and shot a gun (blink, blink, blink) reminded me of Austin Powers.

  4. William Henley

    I chose my favorites off the list, then chose Other, but after I hit submit, I honestly do not remember if it is a James Bond movie I am thinking of or some other spy movie. Wasn’t there one with two girls named “Bambi” and “Thumper”?

    • Josh Zyber
      Author

      Yes, Diamonds Are Forever. They probably should have been included in the poll, but I already had two Bond Girls from that movie and they’re a relatively minor presence in the film.

      Very surprised to see Vesper Lynd leading this poll so far.

        • William Henley

          You know, this Bond poll could just go on and on – and I am okay with that. I mean, we could still do Favorite Theme Song, Favorite Opening Sequence, favorite Car, favorite spy gadget, favorite vehicle (not car), favorite location, favorite Bond Escape moment, favorite trap, favorite one-liner (no mr bond, I expect you to die), least favorite one-liner (I thought Christmas only $%&* once a year), etc.

    • EM

      The usual understanding of the term Bond girl implies a glamorous sexpot, and the usual understanding of the term glamorous sexpot excludes Moneypenny, notwithstanding her own real charms.

  5. Barsoom Bob

    If we are mentioning some of the more peripheral sexy Bond girls, I would like to mention the blond physical therapist that helps Bond “recover” near the beginning of Thunderball. She was already pretty steamy even before they went into the steam room together!

  6. Vincent Radzikowski

    My favorite Bond Girl is Teresa di Vicenzo. Besides OHMSS being my favorite Bond movie (it’s really a lot better than most people think, but that’s a different discussion), she’s obviously enough for Bond that he would be willing to marry her. He doesn’t really seduce or charm her, she knows what’s going on and she seems like she’s the one in control. How many times has Bond woken up and the girl is gone already? (and not dead…) The main reason I like her is for the part where she comes to Bond’s rescue. In a rare moment where Bond is at a loss, and actually looks vulnerable (and Lazenby is also a better Bond than people say), Tracy shows up and the look of relief on Bond’s face says it all. And she’s the one driving in the car chase!

    • William Henley

      Agreed – I have never seen that Bond movie, but if those photos were there when I voted, I don’t think I would even have voted for anyone else! WOW!

  7. Joel MacCaull

    I had to choose Other to vote for Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me. Sure she’s a henchman, but Caroline Munro looks fantastic on blu-ray.