11.16.2008

My Top 7 Women of 007

I saw Quantum of Solace this afternoon. Despite its shaky "handy cam" action shots, that almost made me nauseous, I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of props to old school Bond films in here, most notably is the dead girl's body covered in black gold. Daniel Craig seems to be shaping up as a great, but different, James Bond as well. He lacks the finesse but he makes it up with his roughness. Of course, he's still the man's man.

James Bond, the man's man. Guys love Bond films because everybody wants to be like him. Why not? He has it all. He's got the suit, the cars, the gadgets and -of course- the women. Ah, the women...they flow like fine wine in all 007 movies. I just couldn't imagine a Bond film without a Bond Girl. Forget the cars and the gadgets, Bond girls are much more important than those.

Speaking of which, in tribute to all the women that graced the Bond films, here are 7 of my favorites Bond Girls:

7. Claudine Auger as Domino (Thunderball)

Honestly, I don't like Domino as a character. Unlike most Bond Girls, she's weak and powerless. Although she's a perfect damsel in distress -imprisoned, betrayed and love-starved- for Bond to rescue. As for the actress, not too shabby and I can't say no to the classy beauty of Claudine Auger, Miss France 1958.

6. Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore (Goldfinger)

If the name is not enough for you, then let me describe her in detail. Pussy Galore is a smart and no-nonsense woman. While most Bond Girls are easily enslaved by Bond's charms, she's impervious to it and it takes Bond's Judo skill to win her over. While Honor Blackman is a beauty, I just wished she was more younger when she played her role as a Bond Girl.

5. Barbara Bach as Agent XXX (The Spy Who Loved Me)

Like Pussy Galore, this Bond girl is wicked in name and character. She's exactly the female counterpart of Bond. A KGB secret agent, she's as smart and as skilled as 007. The games they played throughout the film, outsmarting each other at every turn, was just entertaining to watch. Oh, and Barbara Bach is just stunning in this film.

4. Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder (Dr. No)

Ursula Andress, the first Bond Girl that set the standard for everyone to follow. As Honey Ryder, she's just more than a bikini clad, blond goddess. She's lethal as she's beautiful, and killed her rapist by putting a black widow in his mosquito net. She's also independent and doesn't slow Bond down. As for aesthetic quality, watch the popular scene where she emerges from the sea and judge for yourself.

3. Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova (From Russia With Love)

As a low-ranking officer in the Soviet Army Intelligence, Tatiana Romanova isn't that interesting as a character. But actress Daniela Bianchi, former Miss Rome, is very alluring and seductive. Because of her, I watched From Russia With Love (my very first Bond film) again and again. If I was a bit older, I probably would've done more than just watch.

2. Eva Green as Vesper Lynd (Casino Royale 2006)

Ah, Vesper Lynd, the only modern Bond Girl that I really liked (Actually, I like Michelle Yeoh too. But not Top 7 material). She got the smarts of Pussy Galore, the elegance of Domino, and she's the only girl that Agent 007 truly loved. Truly a classic Bond Girl. Eva Green did a perfect job on playing her too.

1. Jane Seymour as Solitaire (Live and Let Die)

Ok, Solitaire is probably the weirdest Bond Girl. She's a virgin pyschic that'll lose her power if she loses her virginity. She's weak, wimpy and kept being saved by Bond. But, she has this "Will you protect me from bad men?" look that'll make you commit Seppuku if she said so. Jane Seymour maybe a withering B list actress right now, but, to me, she's still the prettiest Bond Girl.

Well that's 7 of my favorite Bond Girls. I know there's a lot of them, so I want to know who are your favorites.

Pictures taken from james bond multimedia.

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8 comments:

shurikenstuff said...

Whoa, classic beauties there! but where is Halle Berry? She was so good in Die Another Day...

Skron said...

Yes, she's good. But I could name a couple of Bond Girl before her.

salingPUSA said...

I got a coca-cola in can with quantum solace label for my collection but I haven't watched it yet. I was supposed to do so last weekend but a lot of people around me said they were disappointed or that it was so so,,,,,,,,so, I lost the excitement. Maybe I will be able to force myself next weekend. Just to satisfy my curiosity....

Reymundo said...

Jane Seymour, "Will you protect me from bad men? look" - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA yep. you're right! hehehe

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RONeiluke, RN said...

i was expecting halle berry to be included in the list..ahehehe! not really an fan of james bond but a good watch nonetheless :)

the donG said...

seems like you've listed them all. cool! i find the girl in quantum of solace beautiful too. as they all are.

Babsy said...

Men ... anyway I don't find them beautiful :P
Halle Berry ... yeah ... I guess she could fit my description of beautiful

Skron said...

@Babsy: Of course you don't find them beautiful. You don't have a banner, or probably haven't watched any Bond films before Die Another Day.

But,anyways, my criteria isn't beauty alone. Besides Seymour, Bianchi and Auger, the rest of them played very smart characters and they played their characters smartly.