fatima blush – A girl and her pet

Several Bond girls have obvious signs of inner turmoil (Vesper Lynd or Vivienne Michel), and others have traumatic pasts.

Most Bond girls that are allowed to develop are flawed, and several have unhappy sexual backgrounds (Honey Ryder, Pussy Galore, Tiffany Case, Vivienne Michel, and Kissy Suzuki, among others).

It is perhaps this vulnerability that draws them to Bond, aside from Bond himself being irresistible to women.

Ursula Andress starring as ‘Honey Ryder’ in Dr. No (1962) is often considered the quintessential Bond Girl, while Eunice Gayson, as ‘Sylvia Trench’, and Zena Marshall as ‘Miss Taro’ appear earlier in the same film and therefore preceded her as Bond Girls.

There have been many attempts to break down the numerous Bond Girls into a top 10 list for the entire series; characters who often appear in these lists include Anya Amasova, Jill Masterson, Teresa di Vicenzo and Honey Ryder, who is often at Number 1 on the list.

Entertainment Weekly put “Bond bathing suits” on its end-of-the-decade, “best-of” list, saying, “And you thought spies were supposed to be inconspicuous! Halle Berry’s orange bikini in Die Another Day (2002) and Daniel Craig’s supersnug powder blue trunks in Casino Royale (2006) suggest that neither 007 star can keep a secret.”

Often Bond Girls who have trysts with James Bond are later discovered as villainesses, e.g. Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera) in Never Say Never Again (1983), Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) in Die Another Day (2002).

To date, only two Bond Girls have actually captured James Bond’s heart. The first, Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg), married Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), though she is shot dead by Irma Bunt and Ernst Stavro Blofeld at story’s end. Initially, her death was to have begun Diamonds Are Forever (1971); but that idea was dropped during filming of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when George Lazenby renounced the James Bondrole. The second was Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale (2006). James Bond professes his love to her and resigns from MI6 so they can have a normal life together. Later, he learns that she was actually a double agent, working for his enemies. The enemy organization Quantum had ostensibly kidnapped her former lover and was blackmailing her to secure her cooperation. She did truly fall in love with Bond, though as Quantum closed in on her, she died by drowning in a lift in a building under renovation in Venice.


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