The James Bond series is not just about the fast cars, gadgets or the power-crazy villains out for 007's blood. One key component that has helped to shape the very success of the franchise is the collection of strong and utterly memorable women who continue to grace the life of Bond.
Those doubting the lasting effect of these women better pay close attention, because I'll only tell you once...
M (Judi Dench)
The matriarch of the Bond films since 1995's 'Goldeneye', Judi Dench instantly stamped her mark as the Head Of MI6 and saw an emotional bow-out in the latest film in the series, 'Skyfall'. For all the adversaries that 007 has faced, M has always seemed to be able to get one up on her best agent with some brilliant comebacks; "I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent out to evaluate you." Classic.
Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress)
Although technically she isn't, Honey Ryder is coveted as the first main Bond girl and thus deserves a place in this list. Infamously creating that beach scene with that white bikini and her emergence from the water, Andress introduced herself in wonderful fashion, a moment that still remains a huge one in Bond history. It also seems rather typical that her name resides from a sexual position. Cue a Roger Moore raised eyebrow moment.
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)
Believed to have been based on a love of Ian Fleming's life, Pussy Galore solidified herself in Bond lore as a key Bond girl in 'Goldfinger'. Beautiful and utterly unforgettable, Blackman's character once again showcased the misogynist side of Bond with a name that really speaks for itself!
Teresa Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg)
The only woman for Bond to have fallen in love with and actually married, Rigg's Teresa Di Vicenzo is a hugely significant figure in the franchise considering her shocking fate at the hands of SPECTRE's Blofeld and Irma Blunt. The moment of her death showcases just how Bond can be affected by the loss of a loved one, something we rarely see at all.
Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)
The woman to officially be the first one to steal Bond's heart, Eva Green's Vesper Lynd first introduced herself as a strong female in the Bond reboot 'Casino Royale', before her emotional vulnerability cut 007 to the core. It took Lynd's betrayal and consequent heartbreak to turn 007 into the womaniser that we know him as today.
With plenty of symbolic and unbelievable Bond women through the years here's hoping there are plenty more for films to come.
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