Even Dr. No Loves These Women of James Bond (Yesterday and Today)

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Since 1962 The James Bond film franchise has enthralled us with sensational action scenes, suspense and excitement. Although the character is popular, the headlines that really get our attention is the naming of the new Bond girl. Since the release of Dr. No in 1962, there have been dozens of women who played the role, many of them who were relatively unknown to us. In many instances, these women were catapulted to fame because of their inspiring roles. Take a moment to revisit these lovely ladies.

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Eunice Gayson

Here’s the lady who kicked off the Bond series starring in both Dr. No and From Russia With Love. Originally cast to play Miss Moneypenny, she was however recast as Sylvia Trench, Bond’s first squeeze. There was talk to have her play that role in subsequent series, but the studio eventually decided against it.
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Ursula Andress

She came out of the water and stunned us with a scene that is etched forever in minds of every young male. Her immortal role deserved a nod and was given so by Halle Berry who starred in Die Another Day.
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Daniela Bianchi

She was a model and runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant, but her big break came after winning the role of Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love. She was cast alongside Eunice Gayson, another Bond girl. Although she continued acting, her Bond role is what she is best remembered for.
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Maude Adams

After using girls from Europe and then America to play the Bond Girl role, producers went Euro again to cast Swedish actress Maude Adams in the 1974 film, The Man With The Golden Gun. She was again cast in the 1983 hit Octopussy in the title role.
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Shirley Eaton

Although her appearance was a brief one, it remains as one of the most memorable. In Goldfinger, she was painted completely in gold. The scene proved to be so popular that Life magazine graced the cover of its November 1964 issue with Eaton.
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Honor Blackman

She started on screen in 1947 and soon garnered a part in the British TV series, The Avengers. This role helped her earn a part in Goldfinger. She played Pussy Galore, a rather tantalizing name for that time period.
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Claudine Auger

She started as a model and won the Miss France Monde title. After acquiring some minor film roles, she was cast in the 1965 Bond film – Thunderbolt as Dominique “Domino” Derval. She continued her acting career into the 1990’s.
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Luciana Paluzzi

Unlike previous Bond Girls, Luciana had an impressive resume of acting jobs. Her biggest break, however, was the role of Fiona Volpe in the 1965 film, Thunderbolt. Afterward, she didn’t star in any other huge hits, but continued to act through the 1980’s.
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Akiko Wakabayashi

This Japanese actress was basically unknown until she landed her first minor role in King Kong vs. Godzilla. She was then offered a small part in You Only Live Twice, but her acting impressed the producers so much they recast her in the role of Aki, the first Bond girl who was not European.
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Diana Rigg

Her fame began while acting in The Avengers as Emma Peel. In 1969 she was offered the role of Countess Teresa di Vicenzo playing Bond’s wife in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Today, she can be seen on the hit show, Game Of Thrones playing the lovely Olenna Tyrell.
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Lana Wood

Many might not know that Lana is the younger sister of actress Natalie Wood who died at the height of her career. Her role as a Bond girl came in 1971 when she was cast as Plenty O’Toole in Diamonds Are Forever. She continues to work as an actress and producer to this day.
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Jill St. John

Jill played Bond girl Tifanny Cas in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Although her career spanned the period between the 1960’s and 1990’s, she never had a role quite as big.
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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour was the love of many a young man who were drawn to her role as the sensual Soltaire in Live And Let Die. Her career continued to blossom with successful Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. TV and Movies include Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and Wedding Crashers.
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Gloria Hendry

Gloria Hendry starred as the first African-American Bond girl. Her role alongside Jane Seymour in Live And Let Die was as Rosie Carver, a tough CIA agent. Sadly, she was not able to land other parts after her big Bond role.
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