In honor of James Bond's 24th outing with the recently released, Spectre, the time has come to count down my picks for the top five women of the Bond film series. They can be either good, bad, or somewhere in the middle. They just need to have been a significant presence in their respective film. Without any further adieu, on with the countdown.
5) Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress)
Ursula Andress portrayed Honey Ryder in the James Bond film, Dr. No. Though highly regarded as the original Bond girl, she wasn't actually the first woman to appear on screen with Bond. However, her introduction to him, half naked and emerging from the ocean, halfway through the film is widely considered to be the best that any director has ever managed.
Ursula Andress has laid low these past few years and she hasn't made a real public appearance since she stepped out on the red carpet for an event in 2010.
4) Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)
Eva Green portrayed the highly intelligent and confusing at times, Vesper Lynd, for the 2006 film, Casino Royale. In the film, she's on Bond's side and then she's not on Bond's side, she falls in love with Bond, but lies to him to help her evil organization. It's a messed up story. It gets even worse if you've seen it. You haven't? Go ahead, watch it. The ending is great, I promise.
Since Casino Royale, Eva Green has been making a real name for herself all over the Hollywood scene. Starring in films like Dark Shadows and the 300 prequel and even found her way back to television for Showtime's gothic-horror series, Penny Dreadful.
3) Solitaire (Jane Seymour)
Jane Seymour portrays Simone Latrelle aka Solitaire for the James Bond film, Live and Let Die. Solitaire is a psychic under the employment of Dr. Kananga. She uses Tarot cards to predict the future and to preserve that ability, she must remain a virgin. Unlike many of her predecessors, she did survive her time with Bond and even managed to make it to the end of their film in his loving arms, locking lips after having been saved for the fourth time.
Jane Seymour became a jack of all trades following her time with the iconic spy franchise. She has highly successful ventures in the world of acting, fashion, and literature. She's probably best known for her tenure with Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman where she played the titular character for six seasons.
2) Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen)
Famke Janssen portrayed, beautifully I might add, the deadly Xenia Onatopp during Pierce Brosnan's first outing as the super spy for 1995's Goldeneye. In the film, she took on the coveted role of drop-dead gorgeous assassin and helicopter pilot. She was a match for Bond on and off the road and even he couldn't keep up with her when it came to the bedroom. Famke Janssen's portrayal often appears on top ten Bond girls' lists just for the sheer magnitude and sexuality she brought to the role.
Since 1995, Janssen has been quite busy. She's had a starring role in the X-Men films as troubled mutant, Jean Grey, from 2000 to 2015. She's had a starring role in a prominent TV series, become a notable mainstream actress co-starring with Liam Neeson in the Taken franchise, and she's even made her directorial debut with Bringing Up Bobby, starring Milla Jovovich.
Before My Top Pick is Unveiled.....Here Are A Few Ladies Who Were REALLY, REALLY Hard to Cut...
1) 'M' (Judi Dench)
Judi Dench has been portraying 'M' since 1995, that's ten years now! M is the head of MI6 and has been watching over Bond for far too long. She's seen him struggle through the worst of times and she's seen him surprise her in the best of times. She has maternal overtones when it comes to dealing with Bond, in both missions and in his own personal crises. Her fate at the end of Skyfall left us all with an empty void in our chests.
Judi Dench's career spans many generations and fantastic film roles. She's one of the most versatile and strong actresses out there today. She was a steel hand in the industry before Bond and she'll be even stronger when her time with the franchise is complete.