Solitaire (Live and Let Die)
Solitaire is mostly on this list because she’s so memorable and a lot of fans love her. She is a psychic who can only see the future if she remains a virgin. Jane Seymore noticed the issues with the character, but she did her best to give the character earnestness through dedication. Solitaire also has a pretty interesting storyline compared to the other Bond girls.
Pam Bouvier (License to Kill)
Pam Bouvier was incredibly tough, which was a refreshing reminder that Bond girls could kick some butt, too. While there were a few times that she showed the typical love-swooning garbage we’ve grown used to with Bond girls, she still had some fantastic moments. That barroom brawl when she used a shotgun to blast a hole in the wall? Iconic.
Tatiana Romanova (From Russia With Love)
Tatiana was technically the first bad girl turned good by Bond, but she wasn’t all that bad to begin with. The worst thing she ever did was not intervene when Bond was attacked—he could hold his own anyway. Tatiana comes off innocent, and that’s something we really dig, and we can see why Bond would want to save her.
Domino Duvall (Thunderball)
Domino is definitely one of the prettiest Bond girls on the list. She was the foil to the devilish Fiona Volpe, so she was very Snow-White-esque. Regardless of this, she doesn’t fall into the same trope as Tatiana. She has her own character arc and possible growth, which was a huge step for earlier Bond girls. Domino also takes out the evil villain with a harpoon in the back (with no remorse!). Now that’s a girl after my own heart.
Elektra King (World is Not Enough)
Elektra King has one of the best twists in the series. Not only is she a Bond girl, but she’s also a Bond villain! The whole time, we think it’s Renard, but he’s just a puppet for this powerful chick. Her only downfall is that she’s too cocky. She tries to turn Bond to her side by offering him the world, but (as per the title of the movie) the world is not enough.
May Day (A View to Kill)
A lot of people don’t like May Day, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t one of the best Bond girls. She was a great henchwoman and much bolder than her predecessors. After all, she betrayed her boss and lover, Max Zorin. Instead of getting mad, this girl gets even. Considering how strong she is, the idea of her getting even is terrifying.
Natalya Simonova (Goldeneye)
Natalya was the lone survivor of Ourumov and Onatopp’s murderous spree, which gives her a pretty good backstory. Her fiery temperament couldn’t be ignored, and she even played a vital role in the mission. One thing we liked most about Natalya was the fact she was so self-aware. There were several moments when she examines a lot of the shining knight tropes from the previous films. That’s pretty impressive for a 1995 movie.
Jinx (Die Another Day)
Jinx was both a great Bond girl and a slight disappointment. We loved the callbacks, like how she emerged from the water the same way Honey had. We also love how she is just as risky and as brave as Bond. It’s almost like they’re a match made in Heaven. Still, the writers should have given her more. Maybe it’s because Halle Berry played her, but we’re standing firm that she could have had an amazing storyline on her own.
Tiffany Case (Diamonds are Forever)
Tiffany Case is one of the sexiest Bond girls; she’s even played by Jill St. John. Tiffany was also one of the first Bond girls to have an agenda of her own—smuggling. This makes her a little more interesting than her predecessors, especially since she doesn’t change after becoming Bond’s lover. Listen, it takes a strong woman to pair with Connery’s Bond.
Andrea Anders/Octop*ssy (The Man with the Golden Gun)
Anders is like Galore—her name makes her memorable. Even if you aren’t a fan of the series, you know Octop*ssy. On top of that, she’s the only Bond girl to have a movie named after her. She has her own female henchmen, and she doesn’t turn to the good side just because Bond tried to woo her. She only swaps over after she finds out her allies double-crossed her. Even then, she doesn’t team up with Bond. Mad respect.
Melina Havelock (For Your Eyes Only)
We knew Melina Havelock would be unique when she first appeared on camera. She was a ball of rage, and that intensity is why we like her so much. Unlike some other girls, Melina isn’t distracted by 007’s looks, and she only sleeps with him once she’s completed her goal. It would have been unimaginable for her not to; otherwise, we can see her not doing the deed altogether. She was the character that paved the road for characters like Wai Lin.
Fiona Volpe (Thunderball)
If you look up “bad girl” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Fiona Volpe’s face. She’s gorgeous, but dang, is she mean. She uses the same tactics as Bond and kills her targets with a smile on her face. Scary, right? There’s even the joke where Bond says that Volpe makes love so savagely that she should be caged in a zoo.
Anya Amasova (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Anya Amasova, code name Triple X, was 007’s KGB counterpart, and she is tough. Her goal is to kill the man who murdered her lover. Of course, that was 007 because her lover came after him. Unfortunately, she had to work with him to save the world before killing him. Our only complaint is that her character arc would have been infinitely better if she hated Bond throughout. We can see the ending with her telling him that she’d give him a head start before she tracked him down.
Xenia Onatopp (GoldenEye)
Famke Janssen knows how to bring a character to life, and Onatopp is no different. Xenia is like Fiona Volpe to the extreme. Even the way she kills people is unique—by squeezing them to death. Then, there’s all the confidence she exudes. Heck, most people can’t even remember the main Bond girl in GoldenEye because Janssen did so well. It’s Natalya, by the way.
Honey Ryder (Dr. No)
Honey Ryder is high on the list for one reason: she is the Bond girl all Bond girls are compared to. She’s also one of the most memorable Bond girls on the list—no one can forget her emergence from the Jamaican ocean. That’s precisely why they recreated the scene with Jinx in a later film. One thing we do love about Honey is her fierce attitude. Heck, she pulled a knife on Bond when they first met.
Sure, this may seem crazy, but M is 100% a Bond girl—or rather, a Bond woman. During Skyfall, Moneypenny is mostly pushed aside and doesn’t get to participate in the end like all other Bond girls. You know who does? M. Judi Dench is unequivocally one of the best Bond girls out there because few relationships have been as meaningful as the one 007 has with M.
P*ssy Galore (Goldfinger)
Galore is the original Queen Bee of the Bond franchise, and there are quite a few things that make her so unique. First? She’s into girls. This Bond girl had her own Bond girls! Second, she was brave enough to turn against Goldfinger (one of the best Bond villains to date). Honestly, we could watch a full movie on her alone.
Vesper Lynd (Casino Royale)
Vesper Lynd was cold-hearted, blunt, and absolutely vicious. She was one Bond girl that wouldn’t swoon at Bond’s looks and attitude. No, she wanted mutual respect, and that had to be earned. As they work together, they eventually begin to feel differently for each other, but that just makes her betrayal so much worse. It’s so bad that it shapes Bond’s view of emotional attachment from that point on.
Wai Lin (Tomorrow Never Dies)
This was a toughie. Wai Lin was almost number one because she’s so fierce. She’s incredibly savvy and can hold her own without Bond’s help. During the movie, she acts as Bond’s true equal, something that’s pretty rare in a 007 movie. By the end, you respect her as a Bond girl, especially since she doesn’t just surrender herself to Bond immediately. She’s got some butt to kick!
Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo/Tracy Bond (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
Teresa is the first Bond girl to turn Bond wife, and that’s what makes her the best Bond girl to date. Unlike many of the other vintage Bond girls, Tracy has a sharp wit and plenty of complexities that made her stand out much more than her ditzy counterparts. As fans, there are few Bond girls we loved more, and that’s what made her demise so devastating.
Holly Goodhead (Moonraker)
One of the best storylines in the history of the Bond Girl is perhaps Holly Goodhead. She’s not just a NASA astrophysicist, but she’s also an undercover CIA agent, proving that women can be super intelligent and kick butt at the same time. Who could ever forget the end of the film when Goodhead pilots the Drax space shuttle while Bond takes down capsules of nerve gas heading for Earth with a laser gun?
Jill Masterson (Goldfinger)
One could not make a list of Bond Girls without the mention of Jill Masterson’s exit from Goldfinger. Although the enigmatic blond starts out as Goldfinger’s kept lady, she becomes impressed by Bond’s daring and ends up in his bed. To get revenge on his flame, Goldfinger sends his henchman to kill Masterson by painting her body entirely in gold paint and leaving her to die of skin asphyxiation.
Countess Lisl von Schlaf (For Your Eyes Only)
As the mistress of smuggler Milos Columbo, she seeks out and seduces Bond to extract information for Columbo. She comes onto the scene Countess Lisl von Schlaf, Austrian nobility, however, it is soon discovered when she lets her guard down in front of Bond that she’s actually British. The following morning, she is murdered by Aris Kristatos’ thug and Bond spectacularly avenges her death by kicking the thug off the edge of a cliff.
Strawberry Fields (Quantum of Solace)
We all know that they should not have sent a woman to reign in James Bond. However, when Ms. Strawberry Fields shows up on the scene to bring Bond back to London after he went rogue, she seems to assert herself over him… for at least a while. Eventually, she too succumbs to the agent—and in her last act attempts to alert him to danger before she, herself is murdered.
Stacey Sutton (A View to a Kill)
Heir to a vast oil company, Stacey Sutton goes off to college to become a geologist so she can come back home and learn the family business. However, Sutton’s father dies before she can learn the family business and it is taken over by billionaire Max Zorin who secretly plans to cause a double earthquake with the oil wells. Enter Bond. James Bond. And these two are off on a few wild adventures, eventually ending with Sutton succumbing to Bond’s charms.
Paris Carver (Tomorrow Never Dies)
A past flame of Bond’s, the wife of media baron and criminal, Elliot Carver, Paris in none too pleased to see Bond back in her world. After her initial denial to help him, Paris changes her mind after she sees Carver’s henchmen attempt to kill Bond. She, of course, succumbs to Bond’s charms again only to end up killed by another of her husband’s thugs the same night.
Miranda Frost (Die Another Day)
Miranda Frost is one of the most intelligent Bond girls we’ve ever seen. Armed with a Harvard education, Olympic fencing skills, and working for the Secret Intelligence Service and MI6 at the same time, she seems to be a refreshing change. The whole film, she works alongside Bond only for Bond to find out that she’s a double agent working for the same villain they have been chasing. But Jinx comes and saves the day by taking out our double agent, and all is well in Bond’s world again.
Severine is an enigmatic, soft-spoken, representative of terrorist Raoul Silva with a dark and sinister past. As the plot unfolds, we find out that she is actually an unwilling slave of her boss. Joining forces with Bond, Severine then plots to help him overthrow Silva. Unfortunately, the beauteous Severine doesn’t make it out of the film alive.
Plenty O’Toole (Diamonds Are Forever)
Although she never gets far enough to actually be called a “Bond” girl, she earns a spot on this list since she took the most graceful fall out of a hotel window into a pool just for being acquainted with him. The storyline for Ms. Plenty is a little cut up due to filming edits, but unfortunately pools just aren’t her thing. In the film, she goes to the home of Tiffany Case to confront her and ultimately winds up dead in Case’s pool.
Dr Molly Warmflash (The World is Not Enough)
This doctor makes this list because of her dedication to her job. As physician to the MI6 agents, when she diagnoses Bond with a dislocated collar bone and advises him to stay off duty, he of course seduces her into clearing him, instead. In her notes for his clearance the good doctor wrote “Has exceptional stamina” to which Miss Moneypenney replies, “I’m sure she was touched by his dedication…to the job at hand.”