It’s a big week here at blinkbox. We’ve seen the release of Skyfall, the biggest film at the UK box office ever that sees Daniel Craig take 007 into his second half century in style. With the help of Oscar winning director Sam Mendes, Craig stars in perhaps the most complete and thematically James Bond film ever. It has everything any action fan could wish from a movie: thrilling chases, bone-crunching fights, a devious villain and, of course, beautiful women.
In addition to Skyfall’s release, we’re proud to present the entire official James Bond back-catalogue for the first time on blinkbox. From Sean Connery’s iconic debut as 007 in Dr No through the Roger Moore years, we’ve got just about everything that the Bond completist needs. To commemorate this exciting moment, we’ve put together a short list of our top Bond Girls: the classy sexy women who have been burning up the silver screen for the past fifty years, seducing audiences all around the world.
We knowyou’ve got all got your favourites, but these five are the first inductees to the blinkbox Bond Girl Hall of Fame:
Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) – Dr NoBoth an blessing and a curse, Swiss actress Ursula Andress had the distinction of being the very first Bond girl, a title that has cast an enormous shadow across the rest of her career. And being the foremost member of an elite club, she also benefited from one of the most iconic film entrances of all time. While audiences never got to hear Andress’ real voice in Dr No (her Swiss accent proved too thick and she was dubbed by actress Nikki van der Zyl), Bond fans will ever forget the moment she emerged from the Ocean in the film’s most memorable scene…
Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) – On Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceAs the last woman who managed to make an honest man of 007, Diana Rigg’s Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo has become a perennial favourite amongst Bond fans all over the world. The daughter of a European crime lord, she captures Bond’s heart in a whirlwind European romance in exotic locations like Portugal and The Alps. At the end of the film, Tracy becomes the first and only Mrs Bond only to be ruthlessly gunned down by Bond’s arch-nemesis, Blofeld. While On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was roundly criticized upon its release for the replacement of Sean Connery with inexperienced actor George Lazenby, the film has since been accepted as one of the very best in the franchise, thanks in no small part to the charms of Diana Rigg.
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) – GoldfingerWhen she first introduces herself to 007 aboard Goldfinger’s private jet, James Bond can barely believe his eyes and ears. A tough pilot with one hell of a name, Pussy Galore is nominally an employee of precious metals magnate Auric Goldfinger. Tasked with leading her ‘Flying Circus’ of sexy lady-pilots on an illegal mission to dump nerve gas over Fort Knox, she’s soon encouraged to abandon this task thanks to Bond’s powers of persuasion. Like Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman had made her name as the co-lead on TV’s The Avengers opposite Patrick McNee‘s John Steed. And like Rigg, she provided much inspiration to an entire generation of young British men.
Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) – Tomorrow Never DiesIn a film largely remembered for the wrong reasons (underwater drill, Jonathan Pryce’s campy villain) Tomorrow Never Dies features the first female character that could go toe-to-toe with Bond and even best him in a fight. As Colonel Wai Lin of the People’s Liberation Army, Michelle Yeoh is sent undercover to recover stolen Chinese technology. Realising that she has an ally in a certain roguish MI-6 agent, Lin teams up with Bond to take down Jonathan Pryce’s ridiculous submarine-oriented plan to grab ratings. While thoroughly professional and utterly deadly, Wai Lin is still a woman — meaning that she’s almost certainly going to sleep with Bond before the final credits roll.
Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) – Casino RoyaleWith the gritty reboot that came in the form of Casino Royale, the Bond franchise also found itself a new breed of Bond girl, albeit one that recalls so many of her forebears. Played by French actress/model Eva Green, she’s a Treasury employee assigned to provide Bond with the entry fee to a high stakes poker tournament. However, we soon discover that she may have some motives of her own. Green has the look of a perfect Bond girl with her smoky eyes and cut-glass cheeks, but her performance is vulnerable and quietly tortured: the perfect reflection of Daniel Craig’s equally tormented James Bond.
If your interest is piqued, why not check out our James Bond Collection? You won’t regret it.