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Vintage Bond Girls : Then Vs Now (photos)

Ursula Andress As Honey Ryder

In the 1962 film Dr. No, Swedish actress Ursula Andress played the first Bond Girl in history, Honey Ryder. As a tribute to the original femme fatale, Halle Berry replicated Andress' classic ocean scene decades later in Die Another Day. Andress emerged out of the Caribbean sea wearing a white bikini and a huge hunting knife strapped to her side, and she paid honor to that moment. The Dr. No. bikini was described by Andress as the "secret of her success."

Eunice Gayson As Sylvia Trench

Since her character, Sylvia Trench, appears in both the opening scene of Dr. No. and the second film part, From Russia with Love, British actress Eunice Gayson is known as the "other" first Bond Girl. 

Bond's girlfriend, she was known as, and he had to put their romance on hold whenever he went on a mission. Trench's favorite greeting was "Trench, Sylvia Trench," which Bond imitated with his own name. She was planned to be Bond's London love interest for the rest of the series, but she was discarded after the second film.

Martine Beswick As Paula Caplan

In the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, English actress Martine Beswick played Paula Caplan, a British Secret Service intelligence operative stationed in the Bahamas. She aided him in his search for two stolen atomic bombs in the Bahamas, but she died too soon after being kidnapped by the villain and forced to consume a cyanide capsule to prevent torture. 

While playing Paula Caplan was a memorable role, it wasn't Beswick's only appearance in a Bond film. She had also appeared in the film From Russia with Love two years before.

Honor Blackman As Pussy Galore

Honor Blackman is best remembered for playing Pussy Galore in the 1964 film Goldfinger as Pussy Galore. Pussy Galore was a villain because she was the leader of an all-female cat burglar aviation squad and one of Auric Goldfinger's top henchwomen.

She was eventually persuaded to join Bond's side when he forced a kiss on her (which hasn't aged well) and turned her into one of his Bond girls. Blackman, who is five years older than Sean Connery and one of the oldest performers to play a Bond female, earned the part at the age of 38.

Trina Parks As Thumper

In 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, American actress Trina Parks played Bond girl Thumper. In the film, she portrayed the villain's fearsome bodyguard, who employed martial arts talents to keep Bond away from billionaire businessman Willard Whyte. Parks was the first black female actor to feature in the 007 franchise, despite the fact that she had never heard of James Bond before auditioning for the part. Parks stated that she aspired to perform the role in the same way that other women had done before her. 

"At the time, I had a short afro and I thought, 'The character is powerful, but she's also sexy, and past Bond girls have been that way, so why can't I?'" Variety quoted Parks as saying.

Gloria Hendry As Rosie Carver

In 1973's Live and Let Die, Gloria Hendry played Rosie Carver, a double agent and femme fatale. She was entrusted with wooing Bond in order to get him to a specific place, where he would be killed, for both the CIA and heroin lord Dr. Kananga. 

Bond stated that he knew she was a double agent while they were on their date, leading her to flee. She was Bond's first black love interest, and she earned the part after only 15 minutes of meeting with the producer.


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Bond Girl Dr. No Eunice Gayson Honey Ryder Sylvia Trench


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