Continuing my James Bond lists, I move on to the ladies of 007’s world. I’ll be counting down 22 Bond girls, one per film.
22. Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts), A View to a Kill
All I can remember about this character is her screaming constantly and just being really annoying. The character herself wasn’t really horrible, but Tanya Roberts performance is weak.
21. Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland), The Man with the Golden Gun
Another irritating character, though for entirely different reasons. Goodnight is stupid, incompetent, and pathetic. She allows Bond to treat her like crap, and this includes locking her in a closet while he has sex with another woman. Look, no one is going to praise Bond films for their progressive depiction of females, but Goodnight takes things to a new level of stupidity.
20. Jinx (Halle Berry), Die Another Day
Jinx is also a secret agent, and I suppose was meant to be an “equal to Bond” type character. She isn’t. Jinx is extremely irritating, and Halle Berry’s line deliver is dreadful. (“Yeah, I think I got the THRUST of it!”). Back in 2002 there was talk of a Jinx spin-off film, but what’s even more perplexing is that to this day there are people who consider Jinx one of the best Bond girls. Why? She has about as much personality as a stick. Jinx might have been ranked lowest on my list, but Halle Berry is pretty damn hot, hot enough to push her to twenty at least.
19. Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), Diamonds are Forever
Another bland, annoying, and unintelligent Bond girl. Probably the best thing about Tiffany is there is a funny moment where Bond calls her a bitch. It’s so blunt and unexpected you can’t help but laugh.
18. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), Moonraker
Goodhead is one of the most boring Bond girls in the series, but she earns bonus points for being named Goodhead.
17. Solitaire (Jane Seymour), Live and Let Die
She may not have too much personality, but Solitaire has the interesting trait of being a psychic, which makes her stand out among Bond girls. Jane Seymour is pretty hot too.
16. Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama), You Only Live Twice
Not the most interesting of Bond girls, but she has a memorable name and she’s also one of the few Asian Bond girls. These traits allow her to stand out somewhat.
15. Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), Quantum of Solace
Her character is derivative of other Bond girls, but I like how Camille at least as her own reason for being in the film besides just being the hot chick. I also feel her relationship with Bond was well-handled. Not the most original of Bond girls, but likable enough anyway.
14. Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell), License to Kill
On one hand, I like how Pam is a strong character who’s able to hold her own. On the other hand, I also find her kind of annoying. She isn’t bad really, I’m just not a fan.
13. Octopussy (Maud Adams), Octopussy
I like that despite her ridiculous name, Octopussy has an element of sophistication to her. She just feels classier than most Bond girls. She also has some chemistry with Roger Moore and the two work well together. Not a great Bond girl, but not too shabby.
12. Domino (Claudine Auger), Thunderball
I know there are some who consider Domino one of the best Bond girls. I clearly don’t feel that way. I will say I like that she has a motivation for hating the villain and I think Claudine Auger is smoking hot. A very good Bond girl, though not quite great.
11. Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), Tomorrow Never Dies
Getting the negative out of the way, Wai Lin doesn’t work too well as a romantic foil to Bond. Everything else is great though. Wai Lin is a kick ass martial artist and is very proficient with fire arms. She actually rivals Bond as far as a spy goes. Michelle Yeoh is also very likable in the role.
10. Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), From Russia With Love
I like that Romanova is sort of in no man’s land. She’s being used against Bond by SPECTRE, but she doesn’t know she’s working for SPECTRE and finds herself gravitating more to Bond. She and Bond have some good chemistry and I like that Romanova is a very innocent character. She also gets some credit for the classic bedroom scene. (“I think my mouth is too big.”)
9. Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), Goldfinger
Pussy is one of the most classic Bond girls, in part because her name, but also because she’s a strong character and Honor Blackman injected a lot of personality to the role. Pussy is so beloved that readers might be wondering why she’s not higher. Well, I feel like the way Bond “seduces” her somewhat weakens the character. She’s still awesome mind you, but that’s what keeps her from entering the top tier.
8. Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), Goldeneye
Natalya is a modern day Bond girl. She’s beautiful, but she isn’t overly sexualized. She’s a strong character, but she still can be vulnerable. But perhaps most importantly, she’s smart. I like my Bond girls when they have a functioning brain, Natalya certainly does. She also has great chemistry with Pierce Brosnan. Great Bond girl.
7. Kara Milovy (Maryam d’Abo), The Living Daylights
Kara is a really nice character. She isn’t a strong Bond girl necessarily, but her sensitive nature is nice and she’s treated as a character first, with her sexuality not being pushed on the audience. Her and Dalton also have a lot of chemistry. Honestly, I don’t have a great reason for liking Kara, I just do.
6. Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), Dr. No
Arguably the most iconic Bond girl of all and a total babe. What more can you ask for?
5. Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), The Spy Who Loved Me
Barbara Bach’s Anya Amasova has everything you could want in a Bond girl. She’s sexy as hell, smart, and a strong character. Anya’s is a Russian agent and she makes a perfect foil for Bond. Additionally, she has some great character details including her ex-lover being killed by Bond. Several future Bond girls would have the “spy from another country” gimmick, but Anya was the first and remains the best.
4. Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet), For Your Eyes Only
Some may be a bit surprised to see Melina ranked so highly, but I stand by it. Melina is one of the most driven and motivated of any Bond girls. Seeking revenge for the death of her family, Melina is a strong and confident character who you root for throughout. Actress Carole Bouquet isn’t treated as a sex symbol and is instead depicted as being a beautiful woman. The Bond series has there share of strong Bond girls, but Melina is definitely one of my favourites. Plus, she uses a crossbow, which is awesome.
3. Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), The World is Not Enough
I’m sure in the lower sections of the list, Bond fans were wondering why the infamous Christmas Jones hadn’t appeared yet. Well she won’t be appearing at all, since I’m only taking one Bond girl per film and Elektra is far superior. Elektra is arguably the most complex Bond girl in the series. She’s both victim and villain and she plays Bond better than most villains of the series. Marceau gives a great performance and her transition from innocent victim to villainous mastermind is seamless and well done. It also helps that Marceau is sexy as hell. After this list, I will also be ranking the villains and one of the struggles I had was where to put Elektra; in the Bond girls or villains list. She works great as both. But personally, I like to see her more as a Bond girl.
2. Tracy Bond (Diana Rigg), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Being the woman Bond falls in love with, Diana Rigg has the challenge of making the audience fall in love with her. She succeeds in this goal. Tracy is smart, sophisticated, beautiful and warm. She has an edge to her, but she also has a vulnerable side. She feels like a real person, and you can totally see why Bond would fall in love with her.
1. Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), Casino Royale
Remember everything I wrote about Tracy a paragraph ago? All of that applies completely to Eva Green’s performance as Vesper Lynd. She literally has everything you could possibly want in a Bond girl. Looks? Check. Brains? Check. Personality? Check. Sexy? Check. Complexity? Check. She also has the best charisma with Bond of any of the Bond girls. You really do believe that she and Daniel Craig are in love and when things fall apart it’s genuinely heart breaking. There’s a lot of Bond girls out there, few good ones, and even fewer great ones. Vesper Lynd stands tall as the best.