Who is YOUR favourite Bond girl? From Honey Ryder and Pussy Galore to Jinx, vote for the leading lady who gave you (and 007) a licence to thrill
- Britt Ekland, Halle Berry and Ursula Andress all been cast in famous role
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Diamonds are forever - and so are Bond girls. The film franchise's 50-year-old history is packed with sultry seductresses with double-entendre names - from helpless heiresses to glamorous assassins.
From the first shot of Ursula Andress in that now-iconic white bikini in Dr. No to Olga Kurylenko's appearance as Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace, only a select number of actresses have become members of one of the most exclusive groups in the film industry.
Spectre, which hits UK cinemas on October 26, 2015, will see Daniel Craig once again reprise his role as the 007 action hero.
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He's back: A new set of images for Daniel Craig's fourth James Bond movie Spectre have been released
Spectre sees 007 on a rogue mission in Mexico City and Rome where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal
A newly released behind-the-scenes set of images introduces Léa Seydoux's character Madeleine Swan
He will be joined by new Bond girls, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, the 'beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal', and Léa Seydoux as the 'soulful, feisty and complicated' Madeleine Swann.
Ahead of the film's release, FEMAIL looks back at 15 of the action hero's leading ladies.
1. URSULA ANDRESS AS HONEY RYDER (DR NO, 1962)
The original Bond girl is arguably still the best. When a bronzed Honey Ryder - played by Swiss actress Ursula Andress - stepped out of the sea in a white bikini, she set the standard for every fellow actress to follow.
Honey's dripping wet hair and wonder woman physique in 1962's Dr. No is still one of the most memorable moments from the movie franchise.
1. Honey Ryder's dripping wet hair and wonder woman physique in 1962's Dr. No is still one of the most memorable moments from the movie franchise
2. Bolivian beauty Camille Montes played by Olga Kurylenko is the perfect match for Bond - and one of the first girls he doesn't hook up with. The pair have both lost loved ones and share a desire for revenge
However, despite the dramatic entrance, Honey was little more than a damsel in distress to Sean Connery's Bond.
And - because of Ursula's thick accent - Honey's voice was actually provided by German actress Nikki van der Zyl.
The famous scene was later referenced decades later in Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale – only then with Bond in the swimwear.
2. OLGA KURYLENKO AS CAMILLE MONTES (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, 2008)
Bolivian beauty Camille Montes is the perfect match for Daniel Craig's Bond.
Seductive Camille is also one of the first girls the British secret agent doesn't hook up with.
In 2008's Quantum Of Solace, the vengeful pair have both lost loved ones and are on a mission to get justice.
Producers put Ukrainian actress-model Olga through an extremely intense training regime to prep her for the role.
Olga told Movies Online that she endured fight training for 'fours hours per day every day'.
'Then we learned how to sky-dive and we had to go into this wind tunnel which is outside of London,' she said.
'We did that two or three times a week too and then, also I learned how to use a gun, how to strip them apart, put them back together, how to aim, how to load a gun, all those things.'
3. BRITT EKLAND AS MARY GOODNIGHT (THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, 1974)
Mary Goodnight was Bond's naive field operative in the 1974 Roger Moore film The Man With The Golden Gun.
Played by Swedish actress Britt Ekland - famous for her marriage to actor Peter Sellers - Mary might not necessarily be a vintage Bond girl but she had a sense of humour and good chemistry with Roger.
But she also became understandably cross with the action, particularly after one scene in which she had to hide in a cupboard in his bedroom while he romanced another woman.
Sample dialogue (from Bond): ‘I approve your uniform. Tight in all the right places, not too many buttons.’
Mary Goodnight was featured in several of the Ian Fleming novels, but only appeared once in the film series with her Wicker Man co-star Christopher Lee, who played bad guy Scaramanga.
3. Mary Goodnight was Bond's naive, clumsy assistant in the 1974 Roger Moore film The Man With The Golden Gun
Bond girls Maud Adams, pictured left, and Britt Ekland, right, with Roger Moore, centre, as James Bond in promo for The Man With The Golden Gun
4. HONOR BLACKMAN AS PUSSY GALORE, GOLDFINGER, 1964
'I must be dreaming,' drawls Sean Connery's Bond when he first meets Pussy Galore in 1964's Goldfinger.
Played by English actress Honor Blackman, the aviatrix-dominatrix is heralded as one of the coolest 007 women.
Pussy Galore - a name that cued millions of teen-boy sniggers - is the captain of Auric Goldfinger's all-girl pilot squad, Pussy Galore's Flying Circus.
4. Played by English actress Honor Blackman, aviatrix-dominatrix Pussy Galore is heralded as one of the coolest 007 women
She earned her cool points by being brave enough to turn against Goldfinger, one of the greatest Bond villians.
Honor was one of the oldest Bond girls - being 39 when she starred in the hit movie.
5. HALLE BERRY AS GIACINTA 'JINX' JOHNSON (DIE ANOTHER DAY, 2002)
Fresh from her best actress Oscar for Monster's Ball, American star Halle Berry donned a tangerine two-piece to play Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson in 2002's Die Another Day.
5. Fresh from her best actress Oscar for Monster's Ball, American star Halle Berry donned a tangerine two-piece to play Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson in 2002's Die Another Day
US agent Jinx enjoyed bedroom dalliances with Pierce Brosnan's 007 but paid for it by being tortured by Bond villain Mr Kil.
Believing that Bond girls have evolved from being eye-candy to having an active role in the movies, Halle told IGN: 'Year after year, they've gotten a little stronger, a little smarter, and more equally yoked with Bond, while still retaining their sexiness.
'Now they're Bond's intellectual equals and physical rivals. What better kind of Bond woman to be than one who keeps up with Bond?'
6. JANE SEYMOUR AS SOLITAIRE (LIVE AND LET DIE, 1973)
Before becoming famous as Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, British actress Jane Seymour played Solitaire in 1973's Live And Let Die, which was Roger Moore's debut turn as the secret agent.
Solitaire has the supernatural gift of reading Tarot cards - but her powers vanish when she sleeps with a man. The naive girl works for crime-lord Kananga, played by Yaphet Koto, but - of course - is seduced by Bond.
6. British actress Jane Seymour plays Solitaire in 1973's Live and Let Die, which was Roger Moore's debut turn as the secret agent
On playing a Bond girl, Jane told FOX411: 'Usually they are looking for someone exotic, different, beautiful, someone that is a nemesis or a lover for (Bond). There is always a twist to it, there is always something exotic about a Bond girl.
'Being in that film I was just 20 and starting out, so it was a huge deal. I had a career afterwards, but I have never done anything remotely like that since then.'
7. EVA GREEN AS VESPER LYND (CASINO ROYALE, 2006)
Played by French actress Eva Green, Vesper Lynd tells James Bond - Daniel Craig's debut turn as the hero - that she is 'the money' during their first meeting on a train.
The British Treasury operative becomes 007's first love - but ends up paying dearly for the honour.
7. Played by French actress Eva Green, Vesper Lynd tells James Bond - Daniel Craig's first turn as the hero - that she is 'the money' during their first meeting on a train
The British Treasury operative becomes 007's first love - but ends up paying dearly for the honour
In Ian Fleming’s novel, Vesper says she was born on a ‘dark and stormy night’ and so was named after the Latin for ‘evening’. She’s also the origin of ‘shaken, not stirred’ – the Vesper Martini comes from her and was invented in the 1953 novel.
Helping bring a bit of class to the role, Eva fought to keep her clothes on in 2006's Casino Royale, telling Guardian: 'In the shower scene they wanted me to strip down to my panties. We had a good fight about that. I used to go to Daniel and ask for his support.'
8. BARBARA BACH AS ANYA AMASOVA (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, 1977)
Bond's equal in every way, KGB agent Anya Amasova goes by the code name Triple X and isn't remotely afraid of bad guy henchman Jaws.
8. Bond's equal in every way, KGB agent Anya Amasova goes by the code name Triple X and isn't remotely afraid of bad guy henchman Jaws
Played by American actress Barbara Bach - who later married Ringo Starr - she seeks revenge against Roger Moore's Bond for killing her lover. However, she becomes too fond of her enemy to pull the trigger.
She may have been an intriguing character but she later dismissed Bond as a 'chauvinist' who used women to shield him 'from bullets'.
9. MAUD ADAMS AS ANDREA ANDERS (THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, 1974)
Maud Adams was bestowed the honour of starring in two Bond films - as Andrea Anders in 1974's The Man With The Golden Gun and as the eponymous character Octopussy in 1983.
9. Maud Adams was bestowed the honour of starring in two Bond films, pictured as Andrea Anders in 1974's The Man With The Golden Gun
The Swedish actress played two very contrasting roles. As Andrea she played the doomed mistress of the villain with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee, a role that was described as 'tough but haunted'.
Octopussy saw her take the lead as an an exotic and mysterious smuggler.
Maud, who moved into acting after becoming a top model in the late Sixties, also popped up as an extra in 1985's A View To A Kill.
10. FAMKE JANSSEN AS XENIA ONATOPP (GOLDENEYE, 1995)
With her sexually suggestive name Xenia Onatopp - played by Dutch beauty Famke Janssen - was the ultimate Bond femme fatale.
The former Soviet air pilot got her sexual thrills from killing - specifically by squeezing the life from her male victims with her bone-crushing thighs.
10. Despite the rather peculiar name, Xenia Onatopp - played by Dutch beauty Famke Janseen - was the ulimate Bond femme fatale
In 1995's GoldenEye Bond - played by Pierce Brosnan - asks, 'How do you take it?' to which she replies, ‘Straight up… with a twist.’
On playing the bad-girl, Famke told Den Of Geek: 'For me, the pressure was really to be as good as I possibly could. I saw that it’s tongue-in-cheek that entire franchise. It’s serious and funny and kind of silly and goofy all at the same time.'
Unlike many of the Bond girls who went on to bit parts of vanished entirely, Famke found fame in another franchise as mutant Jean Grey in X Men.
11. DIANA RIGG AS TRACY DI VICENZO (ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, 1969)
1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the only film to star George Lazenby - and was also the one where James Bond got married.
Bond girl Tracy Di Vicenzo - played by English actress Diana Rigg - didn't ruin 007's life; she made him happier than he could ever imagine.
11. Bond girl Tracy Di Vicenzo - played by English actress Diana Rigg - didn't ruin 007's life; she made him happier than he could ever imagine
However, on the day the pair tied the knot, Tracy got gunned down by Blofeld’s henchwoman Irma Bunt.
The moment Bond cradles his wife in his arms and whispers, ‘She’s having a rest. There’s no hurry, you see, we have all the time in the world’, is a real tearjerker.
Yet behind the scenes there was little love lost between Diana and George, with the actress branding him 'stupid' and 'ghastly'.
12. GEMMA ARTERTON AS STRAWBERRY FIELDS (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, 2008)
MI6 operative Strawberry Fields hops in the sack with Bond in alarming ease after meeting him at La Paz Airport in Bolivia.
However, Strawberry - played by British star Gemma Arterton - faces a sticky end after being drowned in oil on the orders of baddie Dominic Guy.
12. MI6 operative Strawberry Fields hops in the sack with Bond in alarming ease after meeting him at La Paz Airport in Bolivia
Strawberry - played by British star Gemma Arterton - faces a sticky end after being drowned in oil on the orders of baddie Dominic Guy
On being seduced by Daniel Craig's Bond in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace, Gemma said: 'There is one scene where he is kissing up my back. It is really sexy and I didn't know he was going to do it.
'He started doing it and in the film you see me saying, whew, and that wasn't acting, that was really me thinking, whew, oh my goodness Daniel Craig is kissing my back! I really did. I had to stop and remind myself that I was playing a character and I was acting in a film.'
13. ROSAMUND PIKE AS MIRANDA FROST (DIE ANOTHER DAY, 2002)
Long before she played psychotic Amy in thriller Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike was assisting James Bond in the 2002 film Die Another Day.
Yet the character who seems as loyally British as Bond himself is in fact a double agent who has been turned by the North Koreans.
13. Long before she played psychotic Amy in Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike was assisting James Bond in the 2002 film Die Another Day
The English actress played the glamorous Miranda Frost, who was Jinx's nemesis. Their rivalry ends in a sword fight aboard a descending plane.
Miranda narrowly slices Jinx across the stomach, mocking Jinx by informing her that she can read her foe's every move, but Jinx manages to impale a dagger that was stuck on a copy of 'The Art of War' into Miranda's chest and kills her yelling, 'Read this, b****'.
14. JILL ST JOHN AS TIFFANY CASE (DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, 1971)
Named after her birthplace - luxury jewellers Tiffany & Co - Tiffany Case was a diamond smuggler working for Bond’s nemesis Blofeld.
14. Named after her birthplace - luxury jewellers Tiffany & Co - Tiffany Case was a diamond smuggler working for Bond’s nemesis Blofeld
The character who spends much of the film in either her underwear, a bikini or a wig, reveals that she's more than just a brassy moll and has a heart of gold.
The two eventually work together and share a luxury cruise – interrupted only by a cake-based assassination attempt.
American actress Jill St John, who played Tiffany in the final Bond movie that starred Sean Connery, said of her character: 'She's a very smart lady. She's a survivor... In some ways, she's a lot like me.'
15. MARYAM D'ABO AS KARA MILOVY (THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, 1987)
Former model Maryam D'Abo was cast as Bond's love interest Czechoslovakian cellist and sniper Kara Milovy in the 1987 hit The Living Daylights.
Former model Maryam D'Abo was cast as Bond's love interest Czechoslovakian cellist and sniper Kara Milovy in the 1987 hit The Living Daylights
Starring opposite Timothy Dalton, Maryam was one of the last blonde leading ladies Bond fell for - before he later turned his attention to brunettes and red-heads.
A few years before, Maryam - whose cousin Olivia d'Abo found fame in The Wonder Years - auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Pola Ivanova in A View To A Kill and Barbara Broccoli included d'Abo in the audition for Kara.
As a tie-in with the film, she also appeared in a Bond-themed Playboy cover and multi-page pictorial in the September 1987 issue.
But the English actress later said, 'I wouldn't do those pictures now... I've learned a lot since then.'
Meanwhile, Dalton's rather dour 007 has largely been overshadowed by Pierce Brosnan's charisma and sense of humour.
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