Is it me or does that amazing theme song always pop into your head every single time you say or read the name “James Bond?” It’s just synonymous with it I guess. But when I think of James Bond I generally think of three things. I think of the James Bond theme song. I think of James Bond cars. And last but certainly not least, I think of Bond girls.
In every Bond movie, while 007 is seeking out the bad guy using his wide array of weapons, gadgets, fast cars, planes, or any other means necessary to bring these guys to justice, there’s always a beautiful woman to hold him down for just a brief moment, or one that sets him on the right track to get the job done.
They are known to us as the “Bond girls” and for decades on end they’ve been entertaining us in movie theaters found across the world. Here we take a look at 30 of the most iconic Bond girls and what they look like today. So, which one is your favorite?
30. Eunice Gayson – Age: 86
Going back all the way to the beginning of the James Bond films, we have the first Bond girl on our list, Eunice Gayson. Eunice appeared in both Dr. No and From Russia with Love, which were the first two Bond movies that were ever released back in 1962 and 1963 respectively. Born in South London, Eunice was originally going to play the role of Miss Moneypenny, but eventually played Bond’s main love interest during the films, Sylvia Trench. Eunice was originally going to play a recurring role in the series, but that idea was scrapped. Still, she was the first Bond girl ever. After her Bond days, she made a few other appearances in films and televisions, but she is still best known for her work as Sylvia Trench.
29. Daniela Bianchi – Age: 75
Born in Italy, Daniela Bianchi is an Italian actress who made her first prominent appearance as a Bond girl in From Russia with Love, like Eunice Gayson. Daniela began her career as a model and was the first runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe contest. She appeared in a few films before From Russia with Love, but that was certainly her breakout role where she portrayed Tatiana Romanova. After her Bond days were over, she appeared in a few Italian and French films, but her role in From Russia with Love is her most recognizable role to date.
28. Shirley Eaton- Age: 80
Known for her work in various films throughout the 1950’s, Shirley Eaton had successful established herself as an actress before she joined the Bond team. Born in England, she made her first appearance as a Bond girl in Goldfinger, which is considered to be one of the best James Bond films by many. In that film she played Jill Masterson. While she was a Bond girl, she was only featured briefly in the film. But her iconic scene where she was painted with gold was used as the cover for the November 1964 issue of Life magazine. After the Bond days, she appeared in a few other films during the 1960’s, making her last appearances as an actress in the 1969 film The Seven Secrets of Sumuru.
27. Honor Blackman – Age: 91
From London, Honor Blackman made her debut appearance as an actress in the 1947 film Fame Is the Spur. She made a few appearances in other films and television over the coming years, most notably the film Shalako, Jason and the Argonauts, and the television show The Avengers. Her work in The Avengers, would then lead her to being cast as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Pussy Galore is one of the most iconic figures in the Bond films, and is certainly one to be remembered. After her appearance in James Bond, she would go on to make appearances in many other films and television shows.
26. Claudine Auger – Age: 75
Claudine Auger is a French actress that portrayed Dominique Derval in the 1965 Bond flick Thuderball. She made a few appearances in some French films prior, and even competed as a model in the Miss World contest among other things. After her Bond days, she would go on to lead a successful career as an actress making a variety of appearances in films from the 1960’s to 1990’s.
25. Akiko Wakabayashi – Age: 75
Akiko Wakabayashi was a relatively unknown actress from Japan. She made a few appearances in some small Japanese films during the 1950’s and 1960’s, with her most notable appearance in the 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla. She then was cast as a small role in You Only Live Twice. However she proved to be a good actress, and was then recast as the Bond girl known as Aki. She was also the first Bond girl that was not from Europe. However despite the success with James Bond, she retired from acting after that film.
24. Diana Rigg – Age: 77
Diana Rigg is an English actress that has made numerous appearances in television, film, and in the theater. She entered the world of acting in 1957, and had a reasonably succesfull career prior to James Bond. Then in 1969 she was casted as Countess Teresa di Vincezo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service alongside George Lazenby as Bond. After that, Diana continued to have a successful acting career. She made appearances in things like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mother Love, Snow White, and is currently a star in HBO’s Game of Thrones where she plays Olenna Tyrell.
23. Lana Wood – Age: 71
Lana Wood, younger sister of Natalie Wood, is an American actress and film producer. She is known for her work in a variety of different television shows and films, but is best known as a Bond girl. She portrayed Plenty O’Toole in the 1971 Bond film Diamonds are Forever. Following her work as a Bond girl, she went on to make numerous appearances in both television and film.
22. Jill St. John – Age: 76
From Los Angeles, California, Jill St. John is an American actress known for her work in film throughout the 1960’s to 1990’s. Still she is best known for portraying the role of Tiffany Cas, in the 1971 Bond film Diamond Are Forever, where she acted alongside Lana Wood. She has enjoyed an extensive career as an actor, but her role as a Bond girl is still what she is remembered by.
21. Jane Seymour – Age: 66
Jane Seymour is a prominent British-American actress that has performed in a variety of movies and television shows. She not only has a Emmy, but has two Golden Globe awards as well. She has made appearances in titles like Somewhere in Time, La Revolution Francaise, Wedding Crashers, and many others including her portrayal of the role of Soltaire, James Bond’s love interest in the film Live and Let Die.
20. Gloria Hendry – Age: 68
Gloria Hendry is an American actress who, like Jane Seymour, appeared in the 1973 Bond film Live and Let Die. In that movie, she played Rosie Carver, a CIA agent. She was the first African American woman to play one of Bond’s love interests, but is not well known outside her career with the Bond franchise.
19. Maud Adams – Age: 72
After a lengthy run of using American actresses to portray Bond girls, Swedish-born Maud Adams was cast for the famous 1974 Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. There she played a small role as Andrea Anders, which gave her a considerable amount of recognition throughout the world as an actress.
18. Britt Ekland – Age: 74
Much like Maud Adams, Britt Ekland is a Swedish actress that also played a role in The Man with The Golden Gun. She had already established herself as a prominent actress before her Bond days, but her role as Bond’s assistant, Mary Goodnight, helped propel her career even further. She would then go on to perform in a number of different films and movies, with her last appearance in the 1990 film The Children.
17. Barbara Bach – Age: 69
Barbara Bach is an American actress from Queens, New York. She grew up in the area, and would eventually leave school at the age of 16 to pursue a modeling career. She would then work as an actress making appearances in a few European films before she was finally cast as Anya Amasova in the 1977 Bond title The Spy Who Loved Me. Outside her work as an actress, she is also known as the wife of The Beatle’s Ringo Starr.
16. Lois Chiles – Age: 70
Next up on our list we have Lois Chiles. From Texas, Lois would attend college where she was then scouted as a potential model. She had a successful career during the 1970’s as a model, and this would eventually lead her to starring in films. After notable appearances in Together for Days, The Great Gatsby, and Death on the Nile, Lois was brought on the 1979 Bond film Moonraker to portray the role of Dr. Holly Goodhead alongside Roger Moore.
15. Corinne Clery – Age: 67
Corinne Clery is a French actress known for her appearances in The Story of O, Yor, The Hunter from the Future, in addition to the Bond film Moonraker. There she appeared alongside Lois Chiles and Roger Moore, where she portrayed the role of Corinne Clery, the assistant of the central antagonist of the plot. Outside of that film, she has’t made many appearances in other films or television shows.
14. Lynn-Holly Johnson – Age: 58
Lynn-Holly Johnson who never really aspired to be an actress, at least early on in her life. She actually pursued figure skating, and would eventually become a professional ice skater. She even would win a silver medal at the 1974 U.S. Figure Skating Championship. After that, she would leave figure skating to pursue acting. She was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1978 for her role in Ice Castles, which would then open her up even more to the world of acting. Then in 1981 she was cast as the role of Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only. She made only a few other appearances after than Bond film, and is still best known for her work as a figure skater and as a Bond girl.
13. Carole Bouquet – Age: 59
Carole Bouquet is a French actress who has starred in numerous films. She made her debut as an actress in 1977, and has since appeared in over 40 films. Outside of acting, Carole also worked as a model. Through her various appearances as both a model and actress, she was brought in to portray Melina Havelock alongside Lynn-Holly in For Your Eyes Only. After her role as a Bond girl, Carole would then go on to make many appearances as an actress in a variety of prominent European films that came out during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
12. Maud Adams – Age: 72
Maud Adams appears a second time on our list, as she actually played two different Bond girls. While her role in The Man with the Golden Gun was a good one, she would come into her own in the 1983 film Octopussy. There she played the role of Octopussy, who is arguably one of the most recognizable female characters in the entire James Bond franchise.
11. Grace Jones – Age: 69
Grace Jones is an extremely successful woman who has accomplished so much during her lifetime. She was born in Jamaica, before moving to the United States when she was 13. She then became interested in fashion and modeling, and would go on to work as a model for many brands, including Yves St. Laurent. After appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue, she would then transition into becoming a singer. She released a few successful songs and albums, and would then go into the world of acting. She broke out as an actress alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Destroyer, before becoming a Bond girl. She played May Day in the 1985 A View to a Kill. After that she continued as an actress and a musician, still performing to this day.
10. Tanya Roberts – Age: 61
Tanya Robers is a well known American actress that has portrayed a variety of different roles in both television and film. She is best known as Julie Rogers in Charlie’s Angels, Midge Pinciotti in That 70’s Show, and her most iconic role where she played Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill. There she appeared alongside Grace Jones and Roger Moore.
9. Maryam d’Abo – Age: 56
Next up we have Maryam d’Abo, an English actress born to Georgian and Dutch parents. She studied drama at the Drama Center London, and would eventually go on to become a model. Then she appeared in a few small-production films before being cast as Kara Milovy in the 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights. After that she made a few other appearances in lesser known films, and is still remembered for her work as a Bond girl. She also co-wrote the book Bond Girls are Forever, which is a tribute to all the women that portrayed a Bond girl.
8. Carey Lowell – Age: 56
Born in New York, Carey Lowell would spend most of her childhood traveling the world with her parents. Eventually they settled down, and Carey would go on to attend university at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied literature. After that, she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a model. Eventually she would make her way into the world of acting, and in 1989 she was cast in License to Kill where she portrayed Pam Bouvier, an ex-army pilot and CIA agent that teams up with Bond. Outside of Bond she is best known for her role as Jamie Ross in the hit tv-show, Law & Order.
7. Famke Janssen – Age: 52
Dutch actress Famke Janssen has had a successful career as both an actress and a model. She made her breakthrough role in the 1995 GoldenEye where she portrayed Xenia Onatopp, the supporting villain that would oppose Bond. Outside of that role, she has appeared in a variety of films including the X-Men and Taken films where she played key roles.
6. Izabella Scorupco- Age: 47
Izabella Scorupco is a Polish-Swedish actress, singer, and model who has accomplished much in her career. During the 1980’s, Izabella would eventually work as an international fashion model, and she even made the cover of Vogue. Then during the 1990’s, she had a brief stint as a pop-singer and her debut album was certified as gold in Sweden. After that, Izabella would eventual become an actress and was cast as Natalya Simonova in GoldenEye, working with both Famke Janssen and Pierce Brosnan. She has made a few other appearances as an actress since, but is still best known for her role in James Bond.
5. Teri Hatcher – Age: 52
Teri Hatcher is a Golden Globe Award winning actress who has made a variety of appearances in both film and television. She started out as a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. From there she made a few appearances in television, before scoring the lead role of Lois Lane in the popular 1990’s show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Following the success of that show, she was cast for the role of Paris Carver in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Outside of her Bond girl days, Teri is also best known for her work with the television show Desperate Housewives, where she won her Golden Globe Award.
4. Michelle Yeoh – Age: 54
Hailing from Malaysia, Michelle Yeoh is a 52 year old actress that was one of the biggest stars in Asia during the 1990’s. During that decade, she acted in a variety of Hong Kong and martial arts action films that were massive over in that part of the world. It was through her action films that she gained attention in the West. Eventually she was picked to play the role of Wai Lin in the 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies. Her role as the character is often considered to be one of the best performances from any Bond girl. Her success with James Bond would eventually land her a co-leading role in the multiple Academy Award winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where she was then nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in 2000.
3. Serena Scott Thomas – Age: 55
Next up on our list is Serena Scott Thomas. This English actress started her career in acting during the 1990’s, with the 1991 film Let Him Have It. Following her role in the film, she appeared in a few other films before finally landing the role of Dr. Molly Warmflash in the 1999 Bond hit, The World is Not Enough. After that she has appeared in a few other films, most notably Inherent Vice, but is still known for her earlier work.
2. Sophie Marceau – Age: 50
Born in Paris in 1966, Sophie Marceau is a French actress that is known for portraying Elektra King, an oil heiress that James Bond has to protect in The World is Not Enough. Sophie entered the world of acting as a teenager, and quickly rose to success. She started in a few independent European films when she was younger, which eventually lead to much larger roles. Eventually she became a prominent film star over in Europe and made appearances in films such as Braveheart and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among many other roles. While she has appeared in more popular films over the years, she still prefers to act in French films.
1. Denise Richards – Age: 46
Denise Richards probably does not need an introduction, as she is well known throughout the world, but let’s take a look at what she has done. From Illinois, Denise would become an actress during the early 1990’s, however she only appeared in relatively low-budget television shows. Eventually she would make her way into more notable shows like Seinfeld and Melrose Place, before finally making it into the movies with her first starring role in the 1997 blockbuster, Starship Troopers. She would eventually be cast as Christmas Jones in The World is Not Enough, however fans were quick to criticize her performance as a Bond girl. After her days with Bond, Denise went on to become a Playboy model, which did not negatively impact her career, as she has made many other appearances in both television and film.