'A Bond girl' is part of the cinema lexicon. It's a label cinephiles attach to actresses, stunning, sexy and sometimes smart and strong-willed women who are in the romantic orbit of James Bond's on-screen world.
The 'Bond girl' standard was set the moment Swiss actress Ursula Andress emerged from the azure Jamaican waters in a white bikini, giving immediate pause to a transfixed Sean Connery's Bond in 1962's Dr No — the first film to introduce author Ian Fleming's character to celluloid.
Over five decades, while the 'Bond Girl' has often been typically Caucasian, she has also been black (holla at you Grace Jones!), A-list (Halle Berry), and even Asian (Michelle Yeoh) too. As we eagerly await the thrilling adventures in the 23rd 007 film, Skyfall — due next month — with Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe as the latest love interests for the debonair spy, SO looks at a few of the women who have matched wits and rolled between with the sheets with Bond.
Maud Adams played Octopussy in Octopussy (1983).
Grace Jones played May Day in A View to a Kill (1985).
Naomie Harris will played Eve in Skyfall (2012).
Rosamund Pike played Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002).
Ivana Milicevic played Valenka in Casino Royale (2006).
Britt Ekland played Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974).
Claudine Auger played Domino in Thunderball (1965).
Eva Green played Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006).
Famke Janssen played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995).
Halle Berry played Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day (2002).
Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964).
Karin Dor played Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice (1967).
Michelle Yeoh played Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Olga Kurylenko played Camille in Quantum of Solace (2008).
Sophie Marceau played Elektra King in The World is Not Enough (1999).
Daniela Bianchi played Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963).
Ursula Andress Honeychile Ryder in Dr No (1962).