The Best Ever Bond Girl Retrospective is here and this is our top ten of the best female protagonists of the Bond movies. For fifty years the iconic action film has seen audiences stunned by 007’s desperately near death escapes, entranced by his incredibly heroic stunts, and mesmerised by his femme fatale’s black dresses, not to mention their performance in those steamy love scenes. And in honour of those iconic women who are forever bestowed the title of ‘Bond girl’, we round up the Best Ever Bond Girls complete with a Bond Girl Collection to rival the films’ costume wardrobe.
For us, it is neither the storylines nor the hunky actors. Now don’t get us wrong, that God-given body of Bond man Daniel Craig is seriously applaudable. But what really makes the Bond franchise so incredibly iconic is the women who grace his adventures, the women who stay exceptionally glamorous through every mission, the valiant and the exotic, the desirable, the chic, the notorious, the Bond Girls.
The Best Ever Bond Girl Retrospective
So, call her powerful and independent or the easy eye candy option; the Bond girl has become as iconic as Agent 007 himself. Increasingly being noted for being a strong, clever and forthright woman who can hold her own in the world and may we add still look good – the Bond Girl usually plays a highly intelligent role as a villain, agent or other professional. Now who ever said you can’t have brains and beauty? When Skyfall launched we were introduced to Berenice Marlohe as the glamorous and enigmatic Severine, and Naomie Harris as the sexy secret agent Eve. And as these new leading ladies prepare to steal the show, we’ve decided to honour the elite club of the oh-so glam and sophisticated Bond Girls from over the years with our Team LBD Bond Girl Top Ten…
10. Berenice Marlohe as Severine in Skyfall
Berenice Marlohe , Skyfall 2012. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock
Those lithe limbs, that tantilising temptress stare and that black dress.
With sexy sheer sleeves an accentuated bustier bodice and perfect panel design which draws the eye to her impeccable body we don’t care if this is the only dress Severine wears for Skyfall, Daniel Craig will still have a challenge keeping our eyes on him when the film starts to play. Maybe…
9. Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora in Licence to Kill
Talisa Soto, License to Kill. Photo by Moviestore/ REX Shutterstock
Leading us into the top ten is glamorous American model and actress Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora in Licence to Kill. With exotic beauty and self-assured attitude, Talisa played the Bond Girl admirably, boasting a wardrobe to die for in plunging neckline gowns, red lacey numbers, little black bikinis, and a striking crystal embellished black evening gown that we would give our right arm for. It’s little wonder we have so much admiration for the girl. Shop Red Dresses aka Bond style.
8. Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp in Goldeneye
Famke Janssen, Pierce Brosnan and Isabella Scorupco, Goldeneye 1995. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock
Devious and devilish, and incredibly glam, it was only inevitable that the fiery Xenia Onatopp from Goldeneye would make it to our list of best Bond Girls.This villainous Bond girl doesn’t disappoint as she struts around in an extravagant array of vampish figure hugging gowns, mesh combat gear and voguish leather trousers. And from seeing those steamy sex scenes, we reckon she’s made it to Bond’s top ten too! Bodycon Styles are so now
7. Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies
Teri Hatcher, Tomorrow Never Dies. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock
Beautiful, valiant, and knows exactly what she wants, Teri Hatcher plays the quintessential Bond Girl we’ve all learned to know and love. And its not just Bond that’s fallen for her. Donning an admirable selection of slinky silk evening dresses, an elegant and slightly extravagant black evening gown and her signature white diamond scoop necklace it is little wonder she got us too.
6. Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in Licence To Kill
Carey Lowell, License to Kill 1989. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock
Ever tried accessorising your LBD with a gun? Pam Bouvier did. The much darker, edgier Bond Girl played by actress Carey Lowell impressed audiences as the second Bond girl of Licence to Kill. And with her sexy side-split black dress she impressed us too! Pam’s LBD looks comprised of a selection of black halter neck dresses, floaty chiffon evening dresses and a cleverly designed beaded rip away dress, enabling easy access to her revolver gun. Now that’s practical fashion.
5. Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace
Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace 2008. Photo by MGM/ Everett/ REX Shutterstock
Especially picked out by Daniel Craig for the role of Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace, it was only inevitable that French actress Olga Kurylenko would impress. And that she did. Sexy, stylish and sophisticated Camille wowed us with her little black dress by Prada in the iconic Atacama Desert scene as the two stride across it, the envy of every couple the world over. Who else could look that good after parachuting from a crashing plane? Shop our LBD Cocktail dresses
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4. Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger
Honor Blackman, Goldfinger 1964. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock
Needless to say she wins nil points for the best Bond name. But Pussy Galore, considered one of the most famous Bond Girls of all time, has certainly made it to the top of our Bond Girl style stakes. Playing the role of the typical Bond girl; ambitious, fiery and effortlessly chic, Pussy made sure her wardrobe was equally iconic with well tailored pieces; striking velour suits in both black and white, plunging neckline fitted shirts, and not to mention her trademark gold waistcoat.
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3. Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me
Barbara Bach, The Spy Who Loved Me 1977. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock Actress and model Barbara Bach epitomised classic hippie fashion when she charmed James Bond as Soviet KGB agent Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. A 70’s Bond girl at her best, Anya donned a unique selection of crochet skull-cap hats, classic floor length evening dresses,and wavy blonde locks. Oh-so seventies chic. Try our satin dresses to slip into something more comfortable
2. Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr No
Ursula Andress, Dr NO 1962. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock It’s undeniable that a skimpy bikini plays an important part in the life of a Bond Girl’s wardrobe, and all due goes to Dr No‘s Honey Ryder. Honey, played by actress Ursulla Andress, pioneered the Bond Girl bikini with that iconic white bikini beach scene and what can we say, she left a legacy for years to come. Five decades later and we’re awaiting her to step out on the sand in nothing less than beach chic. Going on holiday, discover some of these beach ready styles
1. Eva Green as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale
Eva Green, Casino Royale 2006. Photo by Everett/ REX Shutterstock
You all know by now that here at Team LBD we love a classic. So, inevitably our number one Bond Girl goes to Eva Green as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. Embodying all the traits that make up the classic Bond Girl smart, driven, beautiful and stylish, Eva gallivants around the Casino in an envy-inducing wardrobe of diamonds, razor sharp Giorgio Armani suits and a series of jewelled evening dresses, by none less than Roberto Cavalli.
And with her staple look comprising a little black dress red lips and an elegant up do, its little wonder she’s become our most memorable and stylish Bond Girl.
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