‘Bond’ Girls: Then & Now

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For over 55 years, James Bond has been taking down criminals across the globe. With every adventure, Agent 007 finds beautiful female allies and enemies along the way. Despite their differences, all Bond girls are not only beautiful but also intelligent and glamorous. Find out where your favorite Bond Girls are today.

Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder) – Then

Ursula Andress made her professional debut in the mid-50s. However, she became an international sensation, in 1962, after playing Honey Ryder in the first ever James Bond film “Dr. No“. The scene of her walking out of the water in a white bikini with a large knife on her hip remains an iconic scene in cinematic history. Ursula had a very heavy accent, so her true voice is never heard on film. Her character’s voice was actually a voice-actress by Nikki van der Zyl.

Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder) – Now

Ursula’s performance as Honey Ryder quickly launched her into the spotlight. She landed several roles in the 60s and 70s in films such as “Clash of the Titans,” “Double Murder,” “The Blue Max” and “What’s New Pussycat?”. She also landed the role of Vesper Lynd in the 1967 Bond film “Casino Royale.” Since the 90s, her career has slowed down, and her last on-screen appearance was in 2008.

Sophie Marceau (Elektra King) – Then

Sophie Marceau made her film debut, when she was only a teenager, in the 1980’s film “La Boum.” After which, she continued to land roles in several French films. Her big break in English speaking films was as Princess Isabelle in 1995’s “Braveheart.” She finished the 90s strong with her role of Elektra King, in the 19th Bond film, “The World is Not Enough.”

Sophie Marceau (Elektra King) – Now

Sophie Marceau returned to her roots of performing in French productions after “The World is Not Enough.” Her most recent role was in the 2015 TV movie “Une Histoire D’âme.” She made headlines in 2017 when she accidentally had a “wardrobe malfunction” on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival.

Claudine Auger (Domino Derval) – Then

Before she began acting, Claudine Auger won the title of Miss France Monde and placed first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World pageant. Auger was spotted on vacation by writer-producer Kevin McClory. McClory suggested she audition for the role of Domino in his upcoming film “Thunderball.” The part of Domino was originally given to Dominetta Petacchi. However, film producers liked Auger so much, that they rewrote the role for her.

Claudine Auger (Domino Derval) – Now

Claudine Auger’s performance as Domino helped launch her career in the European movie industry. However, it did not have the same effect in the U.S. Despite this, her career in Europe was rather successful. She appeared alongside several other Bond girls in productions such as “Anyone Can Play” and “Black Belly of the Tarantula”. Her last role was in the 1997 TV movie “The Red and the Black”, which also featured another Bond girl, Carole Bouquet.

Shirley Eaton (Jill Masterson) – Then

Shirley Eaton rose to fame by singing and performing in stage productions. She made her on-camera debut with a small role on a TV series in 1950. However, by the middle of the decade, she began landing roles in movies such as the “Carry On” films and “Three Men in a Boat.” Her most notable role, however, was as Jill Masterson in the 164 Bond film “Goldfinger.”

Shirley Eaton (Jill Masterson) – Now

After appearing in “Goldfinger”, Shirley Eaton appeared in a few more films before her retirement in 1965. On her retirement, Eaton said in an interview with The Classic Film and TV Cafe, “After I finished The Million Eyes of Sumuru and The Girl from Rio and was coming home in the plane was when I made the decision to quit. I hated being away from my baby Jason and his brother Grant. However, I did enjoy being the wicked lady Sumuru in two rather bad films, which I had not had the chance to be before. I do believe they have become cult films now.”

Gloria Hendry (Rosie Carver) – Then

Gloria Hendry’s film debut was a small role in the 1968 Sidney Poitier film “For Love of Ivy.” The role was soon followed up with parts in “The Landlord” and “Black Caesar”. She played Rosie Carver in the 1973 Bond film “Live and Let Die.” She was the first African-American woman to be romantically involved with the special agent.

Gloria Hendry (Rosie Carver) – Now

Gloria Hendry appeared in several Blaxploitation films in the 70s such as “Black Caesar,” “Hell Up in Harlem” and “Black Belt Jones.” Her more recent credits include the horror film “Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings” and crime-thriller “Freaky Deaky.” She is currently credited with a role in the upcoming film “Stomp Kid.”

Lana Wood (Plenty O’Toole) – Then

Lana Wood was actually born Svetlana Gurdin. However, when she made her film debut in 1956’s “The Searchers,” her mother had her credited as Lana Wood so that she could be recognized as Natalie Wood’s sister. After appearing in several TV dramas and soap operas throughout the 50s, she was cast as Plenty O’Toole for the 1971 Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Lana Wood (Plenty O’Toole) – Now

After portraying, Plenty O’Toole, Woods continued to act and has over 60 acting credits to her name. After retiring from acting in the early 80s, Wood reemerged in the 2000s. Her most recent role was in the sci-fi film “Subconscious Reality”. She recently made headlines, in 2017, after she publically announced she was homeless and living out of a motel with family members.

Carey Lowell (Pam Bouvier) – Then

Like many others on this list, Carey Lowell got her start in modeling before jumping to film in 1986’s “Dangerously Close.” She appeared in 3 more films before landing the role of Bond girl, Pam Bouvier, in 1989’s “License to Kill.” Lowell reprised her role for the video game version of the film in 2012.

Carey Lowell (Pam Bouvier) – Now

After playing Bouvier, Lowell appeared in various successful productions such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Leaving Las Vegas”. However, her most notable role was as Jamie Ross on “Law Order”. She played the role from 1996-2001 and reprised this role in 2005 for a guest appearance in the series spin-off “Law & Order: Trial By Jury”. Lowell had been married to fellow actor Richard Gere for 11 years before separating in 2013 and officially divorcing in 2016.

Jane Seymour (Solitaire) – Then

Jane Seymour made her first major film debut in 1970’s “The Only Way.” Her recognition grew with the performance of Emma Callon, in 1972, on the TV series “The Onedin Line.” As her talent was acclaimed, it only took a few more years before she landed one of her most notable roles: Solitaire in the 1973 Bond film “Live and Let Die.”

Jane Seymour (Solitaire) – Now

Jane Seymour’s career skyrocketed after playing Solitaire, and it has yet to waver. Some of her most notable roles include Michaela Quinn in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”, Kate Trask in “East of Eden,” and Kathleen Cleary in “Wedding Crashers.” Along with acting, Seymour has written several self-help and inspirational books, as well as co-authored multiple children’s books.

Rosamund Pike (Miranda Frost) – Then

Rosamund Pike began her acting career on the stage, before jumping into television. In the late 90s, she made her TV debut in “A Rather English Marriage.” She then landed roles on several TV mini-series such as “Wives and Daughters” and “Love in a Cold Climate.” However, she received international recognition for her film debut as Miranda Frost in 2002’s “Die Another Day.”

Rosamund Pike (Miranda Frost) – Now

Rosamund Pike’s performance as Miranda Frost shot her right into fame. She was noticed by several Hollywood executives and was offered roles in hit films such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “The Libertine” and “Fracture.” More recently, she was nominated for an Oscar award for her performance of Amy Dunne in “Gone Girl.”

 

Barbara Bach (Major Anya Amasova) – Then

Barbara Bach began her career as a model. In the 1960s, Bach was one of the most sought-after faces. She appeared on the cover of several magazines like “Seventeen”, “Vogue USA”, and “Ella France”. She made her acting debut in the Italian TV adaptation of “The Odyssey.” In 1977, she played Major Anya Amasova in the “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

Barbara Bach (Major Anya Amasova) – Now

Barbara Bach only added a few more acting credits to her name after appearing in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” She auditioned for a role on the 4th season of “Charlie’s Angels.” But, she lost the part to Shelley Hack. She married Ringo Starr in 1981. Through her connections with Starr, she founded the Self Help Addiction Recovery Program (S.H.A.R.P.) with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Pattie Boyd.

Famke Janssen (Xenia Onatopp) – Then

Famke Janssen grew up in the Netherlands but moved to the United States in the 80s to pursue modeling. She made her on-screen debut in a 1988 commercial for a perfume. She retired from modeling in the 90s and decided to concentrate on acting. After appearing in small roles on various TV shows, she was cast as Xenia Onatopp in the 1995 film “GoldenEye.”

Famke Janssen (Xenia Onatopp) – Now

Her role in “GoldenEye” jump-started her lasting career in feature films. Some of her notable roles include Jean Grey in the “X-Men” films and Lenore in the “Taken” films. She has also seen much success on TV with recurring roles on “Nip/Tuck,” “Hemlock Grove,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “The Blacklist.”

Carole Bouquet (Melina Havelock) – Then

Carole Bouquet is a French actress who got her start on the 1977 TV mini-series “La Famille Cigale.” After appearing in several European films and TV shows, she played the role of Bond girl, Melina Havelock, in the 1981 film “For Your Eyes Only.” After appearing in the Bond film, she returned to acting in French productions.

Carole Bouquet (Melina Havelock) – Now

In an interview with Express, Carole Bouquet said she never wanted to continue with English-speaking films. She said, “The plan was absolutely not to be in America. I knew that I had to go back to my own country and speak my own language if I wanted to get better and if I wanted to get good parts, because it is extremely difficult to act in a foreign language or to be good in a foreign language.” She has had a steady career in France with her most recent role in 2017.

Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields) – Then

Gemma Arterton made her on-screen debut in the comedy “St. Trinian’s” in 2007. It didn’t take long before she landed her breakthrough role of Strawberry Field’s in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.” That same year she also appeared in the film “A Deal is a Deal” and the TV mini-series “Tess of the D’Urbervilles.”

Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields) – Now

Along with appearing in several stage productions, Gemma Arterton has really expanded her acting resume. She has appeared in films such as “Clash of the Titans,” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Runner Runner” and “The Voices.” Her most recent role was in the 2017 film “The Escape.”

Grace Jones (May Day) – Then

Grace Jones began her entertainment career as a model, working with fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and appearing on magazine covers such as “Elle” and “Vogue.” Along with modeling, in 1997, she signed a record deal with Islands Records and produced hits such as “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Slave to the Rhythm.” After playing Zula in “Conan the Destroyer,” she was given the role of May Day in the 1985 Bond film “A View to Kill.”

Grace Jones (May Day) – Now

Grace Jones was already a force to be reckoned with before her performance in “A View to Kill, ” and that certainly did not change after. She continued to act, model, and create new music. Her unique androgynous style has been a huge influence on numerous artists, such as Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna.

Bérénice Marlohe (Severine) – Then

Bérénice Marlohe is a French actress who worked only in French productions before landing the role of Severine in the 2012 Bond film “Skyfall.” Six months before auditioning for the role, Marlohe stated she had always dreamed of acting alongside Javier Bardem. Furthermore, once she completed that dream, then everything in her life moving forward would be fine. Needless to say, she was ecstatic to be cast with him for the Bond film.

Bérénice Marlohe (Severine) – Now

After “Skyfall,” Bérénice Marlohe’s next big English film was “5 to 7,” which also co-starred Anton Yelchin. In 2017, she appeared alongside the star-studded cast of Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Michael Fassbender in “Song to Song.” She will play Karen Kitson in the upcoming drama “Valley of Gods,” which is set to be released in 2018. 

Daniela Bianchi (Tatiana Romanova) – Then

When Tatiana Romanova signed on to portray Daniela Bianchi in From Russia With Love, she probably had no idea that she’d be the bond girl in what is arguably the best James Bond movie. The Italian actress played a Russian spy who let her heart get in the way of her duty. While initially she was meant to bring Bond to an end, she ended up falling in love and saving him.

Daniela Bianchi (Tatiana Romanova) – Now

Daniela Bianchi didn’t see much international success after her run-in with James Bond. Although in Italy she was definitely one of the “it” girls of the 1960’s. She could be spotted in Italian films throughout the decade and would often be on the covers of magazines. She was a ballet enthusiast for many years and fashion model. She officially retired in 1970 to raise her son.

Diana Rigg (Tracy di Vicenzo) – Then

Usually Bond is the one capturing hearts, but in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Tracy di Vicenzo captures Bond’s heart and becomes the only bond girl who ends up marrying James Bond. Unfortunately, she meets her demise moments after the wedding. Diana Rigg played the part excellently and found great success after her portrayal of Tracy.

Diana Rigg (Tracy di Vicenzo) – Now

After her role in the 007 franchise, Diana went on to star in big-name films like Julius Caesar and The Great Muppet Caper. While her roles in films are few and far between, she has made an even stronger career for herself in the world of stage productions. In 2018, Diana appeared in a Broadway production of My Fair Lady.

Akiko Wakabayashi (Aki) – Then

One of the best James Bond films in the franchise is You Only Live Twice. For Akiko Wakabayashi, this was no doubt one of the highlights of her career and one of her last acting gigs before her retirement. Apparently during one her last films she got injured which lef her quitting the film business. Before striking it big with You Only Live Twice she was best known for being in films like King Kong Vs. Godzilla and Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster.

Akiko Wakabayashi (Aki) – Now

For Akiko Wakabayashi, the 1960’s were definitely a time to remember for her. Her acting career lasts ten years from 1958 to 1968. She popped out of retirement for a brief second in 1971 to appear in an episode of Shirley’s World. Most don’t know what became of Japan’s msot famous golden age actress, but she is remembered till this day.

Lois Chiles (Dr. Holly Goodhead) – Then

Lois Chiles has accomplished a lot in her career, but Bond fans will always remember her as Dr. Holly Goodhead in 1979’s Moonraker. The movie in itself got mixed reviews. The concept of James Bond in space was almost ridiculous enough to ruin her career, but it instead brought it to another level.

Lois Chiles (Dr. Holly Goodhead) – Now

While she had a few roles before being in Moonraker, her career took off in the 1980’s and she landed big roles in films like Creepshow 2 and Say Anything… Her career slowly started to drift from film to television roles between the 1990’s and 2000’s. While she hasn’t acted in anything for almost ten years, she is still highly remembered for her prime in 1970’s and 1980’s.

Maryam d’Abo (Kara Milovy) – Then

Maryam d’Abo’s career started off on route to being typecast. She was in a lot of horror flicks, but when she got a role in playing opposite of Timothy Dalton in 007 In Living Daylights, she knew things were about to change. She got the role the vulnerable Czechoslovakian cellist and sniper who was the main baddies girlfriend. In typical James Bond fashion, she of course ends up falling for Bond and helping him out.

Maryam d’Abo (Kara Milovy) – Now

While she probably figured acting in a James Bond film would be her big break, sadly, that just isn’t the way that things turned out for her. While millions watched her in theaters around the world, her image didn’t catch on and she slipped back into acting in lower budget films.

Denise Richards (Dr. Christmas Jones) – Then

Denise Richards blew our minds in The World Is Not Enough when she portrayed Dr. Christmas Jones. She wasn’t exactly a traditional Bond Girls seeing as she wasn’t a bad girl turned good or vise versa. She was also more of a brainy and smart kind of Bond Girl. She was an American nuclear physicist in charge of assisting Bond on his mission. If not for her, things could have ended up very differently

Denise Richards (Dr. Christmas Jones) – Now

The world doesn’t hear from Denise Richards much these days. Back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, she was stealing everyone’s heart. Then one day around 2002 or 2003 she kind of vanished from the silver screen. She has made some on-screen comebacks in recent years but, nothing too earth-shattering.

 

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