Style: Bond Girls – The Connery Years
For awhile there it was big news who would be the next “Bond Girl”. It was a plum roll for any actress, as long as you were young, curvey and didn’t mind having a silly name. Now, it’s not so much being a “Bond Girl” but simply being in the new Bond movie. Who can name the last 3 Bond women or anyone from the Timothy Dalton Bond years? Not Me. Here are the first 7.
Dr. No 1962 – Ursula Andress as Honeychile ‘Honey’ Ryder. Ursula was 26 at the time and fresh of the boat from Switzerland. This was her first movie. Ursula still continues to act and looks damn good at 75.
From Russia With Love, 1963 – Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanov. Daniela was Miss Rome of 1960 and runner-up in The Miss World Competition. She was 21 and spoke such bad english that all her lines had to be dubbed. She starred in 15 films and quit acting altogether in 1968.Goldfinger, 1964 – Honor Blackmanas Pussy Galore. The oldest and most established actress in the Bond films to date, Honor Blackman was 37 when she starred in Goldfinger. Honor had appeared in wide range of films starting in the 40’s. She also played the first lead in British TV series The Avengers before being giving up the roll to Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel.
Thunderball, 1965 – Claudine Auger as Domino. The former Miss France, 1958, Claudine played the naive Domino. She had previously starred in a number of French and Italian productions and was last seen on French TV in 1995.
You Only Live Twice, 1967 – Mie Hama as Kissy. Mie has starred in tons of early Japanes Sci-Fi movies including such classics as King Kong VS Godzilla and King Kong Escapes. She was considered one of Japans biggest stars in the 60’s and has continued to act – mostly on TV.
You Only Live Twice, 1967 – Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki. Another of Japans’ biggest and most beautiful stars of the 60’s Akiko stopped acting in 1970
Diamonds Are Forever, 1971 – Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole. You knew the series was running out of steam when they named a character Plenty O’Toole but as you can see there was plenty of Lana Wood. Jill St. John was the lead in Diamonds Are Forever, but there was something about her I didn’t like. Lana played a much smaller but more memorable roll as Plenty O’Toole, the woman who beds James Bond and is promptly throw out of a hotel window. Sister of the the more famous Natalie Wood, Lana has had a long career, from The Searchers in 1956 w/ John Wayne, to tons of TV and most recently Holly, Jingles and Cylde 3D (?)as Mrs Santa Claus.