And now we move into the big dogs, the Top 20. I should say that making this list is far from easy, 40 girls is a lot and I even left out a couple... One I am sure many of you are going to be upset she was left out but that is just the way it works. I am not telling you which one either in hopes that I don't get flogged.
Putting all that aside let's dig into girls 11-20 as the top spot is now only a day away...
I think we all know that while Brosnan was a pretty good Bond his films weren't that good. However, I think it is safe to say Tomorrow Never Dies is the best of the Brosnan Bonds. We had a decent villain, but on top of that we had a fantastic Bond girl in the likes of Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin. Masquerading as a Chinese journalist, Lin is actually an agent for China going after Elliot Carver just as is Bond. Her moves and more importantly her "shower" scene with Bond earns her a spot in the top 20. Recently Michelle is better known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha, but she will never be forgotten as a one-time Bond girl.
I am not sure if this will anger Bond fans or settle in nicely, but Honor Blackman rolls in at number 19 with her performance as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. I will admit, this is probably the best Bond name of them all in terms of word usage, hearing Connery say, "You're a woman of many parts, Pussy!" is classic. However, Honor is never really given the appropriate scenes to show off her assets and we are left with a couple of tight outfits, rumbles in the barn and plenty of hands on the hips, which is the only reason she is where she is on our list. Don't get me wrong, she will be remembered as a Bond Girl for all-time... she just didn't make it to the top ten of this list.
So, I was scared of Grace Jones and gave her a spot at number 30 with her role as May Day in A View to a Kill and believe me I am just as scared of Famke after her performance in GoldenEye, but Grace is not as hot as Famke and the name May Day compares in no way to Xenia Onatopp. Sorry, that is yet another classic name in Bond lore and earns Famke a higher spot on this list. Xenia may have a bit of an aggressive attitude toward sex but Bond counters it nicely at the spa when she tells him, "You don't need the gun." Bond kindly responds, "Well, that depends on your definition of safe sex." Nice move James, and an even nicer one after you get close and then proceed to burn her ass on the hot rocks...
Rumors have it that Britt was originally tapped to play Andrea Anders in The Man with the Golden Gun, a role that went to two-time Bond-er Maud Adams, but producers changed their mind when they saw her in a bikini (source). This worries me a bit, especially since I have her here at number 17, but when you see what she is willing to do I think you will agree she is where she belongs. Just before Bond and Mary Goodnight (another good name) are about to bump uglies they are interrupted and she is initially hidden under the sheets, but then Bond throws her in the closet... Where she stays all night while Bond has the sexy time with another woman and gets a good night's rest. The next morning she is peeved, but who can stay mad at Bond for long...? Not Mary Goodnight and that earns Mary her spot. Oh, and she shows up in a bikini in the movie and I am not about to complain and neither will you. So phooey to that rumor!
Just looking at Rosamund Pike and knowing what a good actress she is it is shocking to me that Die Another Day was her feature film debut. However, she certainly took full advantage of the situation as she played the double-crossing MI6 agent Miranda Frost. Miranda has a way with the swords and with Madonna as her teacher how can she go wrong? I kid of course and NO, Madonna is not on this list thanks to her 15 second cameo. As for how Miranda makes it this high is purely thanks to her willingness to do what is necessary (a.k.a. get it on with James) to get what she wants... That, of course, along with being incredibly sexy and also for giving us the belly revealing tank top fight scene at the end of the movie with Jinx (Halle Berry). Can't argue with those facts, and if you think you can: clicky and clicky again.
I know I have said already that this list is not based solely on looks, but to ignore the body on Caroline Munroe as she plays Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me would be a sin, and the fact that she sides with the baddies makes her even that much hotter. When she shows up on the boat in the scene previewed above it really is a moment in the film you don't forget.
Whether you disagree or agree that Holly Goodhead deserves a #14 ranking is beside the point. Taking into consideration the looks, the name and the fact that she is a NASA trained astrophysicist working for the CIA that can fly a space shuttle earns her this part. Goodhead people! Goodhead! Moonraker may be one of the most absurd of all the Bond films but Holly is not to blame. So why does Denise Richards get blasted for being a nuclear chemist and Lois Chiles doesn't get the same treatment for playing an astrophysicist? If you have to ask that question then I don't think you deserve an answer.
Plenty O'Toole is in Diamonds are Forever for about 2 minutes - that is the only reason she isn't higher on this list, and if you want to dispute that I refer you to exhibits A & B above. Even in the downloads section on the official James Bond website Plenty O'Toole is one of the few Bond Girls to have her own wallpaper. That is saying something for this cling-on that meets Bond at the casino when she hears how much he is wagering. Unfortunately they don't get to seal the deal as Plenty is tossed out the window and into the pool only a few minutes later. It is a memorable role and one that almost earned her a top ten spot.
Our second lady from A View to a Kill makes the list as Tanya Roberts, who you may recognize more as Midge Pinciotti from "That '70s Show" stars as the highly attractive geologist Stacey Sutton. She is damn lucky she looks so good too because she does some dumb shit. First off she gives James a gun filled with rock salt to shoot at the bad guys (not effective) and then she rips up a check for $5 million (not smart). Yeah, she was basically selling her soul, but for $5 mil. you can have mine. Plus, she is now with Bond, take the money and go back on your word. It's a payoff, I don't see any contracts! I have a feeling no one could ever stay in a relationship long with Stacey, but then again, this is Bond - his relationships never last long. Hell, his marriage only lasted a few minutes. Sorry Tracy, that was a cheap shot.
Oh my, Sophie you are gorgeous. Sophie Marceau had been acting for a while before we all came to know her as Princess Isabelle in Braveheart. Born in Paris, France this beauty stars as Elektra King, the first main female villain in the Bond series of films. Of course, we all know The World is Not Enough is not one of the best Bond films, but to say Elektra is not one of the hottest Bond Girls is a sin. Sophie has faded into the background as far as her career goes since TWINE, but Elektra King lives on. Of course I am a sucker for French accents on beautiful women, but I don't think I am going to get any huge arguments here. She probably would have ranked in the top ten had she not killed her own dad. WTF is up with that Elektra? Not cool.
And that wraps up numbers 11-20 and all we have left is the top ten. With this group of ten ladies we see Ultimate Edition Volume 1 edging it out with four of the ten ladies, Volume 2 follows up with three and Volumes 1 & 2 end with only one lady each.
Tomorrow we will explore the top ten and reveal the number one Bond Girl of all-time! So stay tuned. For more information on any of the James Bond Ultimate Editions take your pick from the links below: