By Jeff Salter
Well, I guess everybody who’s seen a James Bond movie has a favorite female from the series. For me, however, it’s impossible to select just one “favorite.” So, please indulge me while I go over my list.
But first, I should clarify that – while I saw all the Sean Connery movies and George Lazenby’s single appearance – I’ve only seen two of Daniel Craig’s, bits of two with Pierce Brosnan, and parts of one (I think) with Timothy Dalton. As for Roger Moore’s multiple appearances, they’re frankly a blur — I think I’ve seen two or three in their entirety and probably portions of another couple.
I detail that only to clarify that I have not seen ALL of the Bond females — and while the Resident Foxes this week have been listing names… several don’t register with me. So my list, below, of favorite Bond girls, could be amended when/if I ever see the rest of the canon.
[And by the way, I’m sure somebody may be offended that nearly everyone refers to the Bond FEMALES as “girls”. Hey, don’t shoot me… I’m just using the term that is nearly universal, despite the fact that all the female characters and all the actresses who played them were grown women.]
The most memorable was Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger. Even though she died in the first reel, she was the most gorgeous female I had ever seen on screen (whether flesh-colored or painted gold) at the time that movie was released.
I was also a big fan of Ursula Andress, but didn’t think she was all that great in Dr. No. [I realize, in saying that, that I’ll raise the ire of numerous 007 fans, to whom Ursula epitomizes the Bond Girl. Tough.]
I have a special place in my (juvenile) heart for Jill St. John. Even though she didn’t do much justice to her role in Diamonds are Forever, I still loved her from other films in that time frame.
I’m also a big fan of Jane Seymour. Her acting in Live and Let Die was rather tepid, in my opinion, but she’s had a wonderful career and still looks great… so she gets a special place on my list.
Three other Bond Girls stand out for me, because they are gorgeous. Even though I have not seen the movies in which they appear, I’ve seen still photos which suggest they were at their loveliest when 007 had his clutches on them. They are Halle Berry from Die Another Day, Tanya Roberts from A View to a Kill, and Teri Hatcher from whichever movie she was in.
BTW, the lovely Lana Wood – Natalie Wood’s kid sister – played a very brief (and largely un-draped) role in Diamonds Are Forever … before she was tossed from an upper story into a pool. For her single minute on film, I thought she was pretty cute.
While we’re on this subject of Bond Girls, let me clarify that I “met” most of those females in Ian Fleming’s novels before I ever saw them on the screen. After seeing the film version of From Russia With Love (and maybe Goldfinger), I got hold of the novels and read them all. When you’ve visualized a person from the author’s text, sometimes it’s a let down to see how the movie-makers cast those roles.
Who was YOUR favorite Bond Girl? Why?