Bond Beauties of the 60's & 70's
Bond, James Bond had some of the most beautiful women at his side in the 60’s and 70’s! Ursula Andress has to be the reigning ‘Queen of the Bond Beauties’! Portraying the character Honey Ryder, Andress claimed her place in Bond Beauty history the moment she stepped out of the ocean in 1962’s “Dr. No” in that famous white bikini!
Honor Blackman appeared as “Pussy Galore” in 1964’s “Goldfinger”. As Goldfinger’s personal aviatrix she is a most deadly vixen! With skills as a crack shot and an expert in Judo. But she eventually will succumb to Bond’s charm in the end. And speaking of “Goldfinger” who can forget the moment Shirley Eaton appears wearing nothing but that gold paint! Although her character ends up dead on Bond’s bed, she was clearly worth her weight in gold!
Then in Thunderball (1965) we meet Domino, played by Claudine Auger in another iconic swimsuit. She first met Bond (Connery) during his diving trip at Nassau in the Bahamas, when her flipper was caught on some coral and Bond got her loose. After they had a poolside lunch together, Bond caught her off guard when he knew her nickname so she asked, "How do you know my friends call me Domino?" Bond replied, "It's on the bracelet on your ankle." Domino comes back with, "So! What sharp little eyes you've got." to which Bond answers, "Wait till you get to my teeth."
Sean Connery retired from playing James Bond after You Only Live Twice (1967), so for 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond was played by Australian actor George Lazenby. The main Bond Girl in that film was Diana Rigg, who was enticing enough to inspire 007 to propose marriage, and Joanna Lumley played another of the film's seductive sirens.
In 1971, red-haired beauty Jill St. John portrayed Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever and she was the first American Bond girl. Her character was a sly diamond smuggler whose name came from the fact that she was born on the first floor of Tiffany's New York store, while her mother was shopping for a wedding ring.
Live and Let Die (1973) had classic beauty Jane Seymour as “Solitaire” an innocent Tarot card-reader and virginal High Priestess who worked for the evil Dr. Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). Bond (Roger Moore) told her "The cards say we will be lovers." She stated it was "impossible" and "forbidden" for her to lose her virginity through earthly love - it would mean the loss of her magical powers. But she eventually helped Bond in defeating the villain and his evil plans.
In The Man With the Golden Gun Bond has two beauties vying for his attention; Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) and Andrea Anders (Maud Adams). Next, in 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me is the stunning Barbara Bach as the icy Russian Major Anya Amasova, otherwise known as Agent Triple XXX. She was considered the first 'liberated' Bond girl, equal in skills and abilities to Bond himself. Barbara was also known as the "first girl-power Bond beauty" who posed for “Playboy” magazine to promote the Bond film.
The last Bond beauty in the 70’s was Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) in 1979’s Moonraker. This intelligent Bond girl (a graduate of Vassar College with a PhD. degree and a NASA-trained astrophysicist and astronaut) first met Bond at Drax Industries in Southern California. When Bond (Moore) came up to her, he asked for "Dr. Goodhead" and was astonished to find this beautiful woman. "A woman" she snidely replied "Your powers of observation do you credit, Mr. Bond."
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