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You only age twice:
Fifty years after the first 007 film,
whatever happened to all those Bond girls?
By SAMANTHA WEINBERGBeing a Bond Girl can be a curse. For many, the handle 'former Bond girl' led to a series of insubstantial cameo roles or a date with the plastic surgeon.
That doesn’t stop actresses from clamouring for the role. In Skyfall, out later this year, French actress Berenice Marlohe takes the challenge opposite Daniel Craig. But whether she will live up to her sexy predecessors remains to be seen.
Here, in words and pictures, we reveal what became of them...
When she emerged from the sea in Dr No, wearing a white bikini and carrying a conch shell, Ursula Andress defined the Bond girl. She was beautiful, brave and cursed with a sexually suggestive name: Honey Ryder.
Dr No was the first in the Bond franchise, but in 21 films over 50 years, the formula hasn’t changed.
James Bond, Agent 007, is dispatched by MI6 to save the world from an evil mastermind, and in the process encounters a string of lissom girls in bikinis and evening gowns.
The film is likely to end with one of these girls showing her gratitude to Bond in a passionate, physical fashion.
Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, had an uneasy relationship with women: he married late, after decades of committed womanising, and was serially unfaithful to his wife, Ann.
In turn, she humiliated his work in front of her literary friends. But his female characters were rarely weak.
Thus, in each of Bond’s film outings there’s usually a female character with a bit of grit, wit and intelligence. She may be a fellow agent (Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields in Quantum Of Solace) or a murderous femme fatale (Famke Janssen as the splendidly sadistic Xenia Onatopp in Goldeneye).
In some of the films, however, the character and back-story of the Bond girls gets lost in the casting director’s enthusiasm for tanned flesh and a toned figure.
A low point was the laughably unconvincing casting of Baywatch babe Denise Richards as nuclear physicist, Dr. Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough.
Only one Bond Girl ever managed to secure Bond’s affections in a meaningful way. In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond saves the life of Tracy di Vincenzo (Diana Rigg) the only daughter of Mafia crime boss Marc-Ange Draco. They marry, but as they drive off on honeymoon, the new Mrs Bond is shot and killed by the hideous Irma Bunt, Blofeld’s henchwoman.
There was, however, another more constant female presence in Bond’s life. Miss Moneypenny, played in the first 14 films by Lois Maxwell, was secretary to M, head of the Secret Service and Bond’s boss.
Moneypenny was always there at M’s door, ready for a few brief lines of flirtation on his way in and out. In neither the books nor the films was their flirtation consummated, which sets Moneypenny apart from the ranks of Bond girls.
Tomorrow Never Dies: Teri Hatcher, 47, already famous as Lois Lane in TV's New Adventures of Superman series, was pregnant when she played Paris Carver.
She later joined the cast of hit series Desperate Housewives
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