The name is Bond. James Bond’s…girl. Since 1962, the James Bond film franchise has graced the silver screen a whopping 26 times, and while there have been seven dreamy actors bestowed upon us assuming the role of Mr. Bond himself, we’re not here to talk about agent 007…
We’re here to idolize the infamous list of Bond girls. Sometimes the cunning enemy, other times the sharp sidekick he’d fail the mission without, these iconic women have defined the James Bond franchise over the years. But once they left the side of the world’s most well-known spy, they forged careers that were shocking. Positively shocking…
1. Diana Rigg: Prior to playing Tracy Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Rigg was a wildly successful actress. Today, you might recognize her as the formidable Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones.
2. Eunice Gayson: Dubbed the first-ever “Bond girl,” Gayson, who played Sylvia Trench, starred in the first two franchise films, Dr. No and From Russia With Love. In her older age, Gayson appeared as the grandmother in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
3. Grace Jones: Boasting a long résumé in modeling, acting, and music Jones, who played May Day in A View to a Kill, is better recognized as a pioneer for women in rock. In 2008 Jones was presented the Q Idol Award for influencing the drag scene.
4. Shirley Eaton: She appeared in Goldfinger painted head to toe in gold! Several years later, the Jill Masterson actress opted to make raising her family her main job.
5. Lana Wood: The sister of the late-Natalie Wood portrayed Plenty O’Toole in Diamonds Are Forever. She’s since starred in over 20 films and 300 TV episodes including The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible, Starsky & Hutch, and Bonanza.
6. Honor Blackman: Well-known in the industry when she played the infamous Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, Blackman continued her post-Bond career in movies, TV, music, and theater. Later, after diving into politics, she criticized former-Bond Sean Connery publicly for his politics.
7. Jill St. John: Starring alongside Wood as Tiffany Case in Diamonds are Forever was the height of St. John’s acting career. Post-Bond, she transitioned to a career of cooking and homemaking, appearing frequently on Good Morning America.
8. Akiko Wakabayashi: The King Kong vs. Godzilla star was cast for a minor role in You Only Live Twice. but after her talent pleasantly surprised the producers, they bumped her up to the role of Suki. Until Wakabayashi, all of the “Bond girls” had been European.
9. Jane Seymour: In Live and Let Die, Seymour played Bond’s sultry love interest, Solitaire, and made every fan fall in love with her. She went on to construct a successful TV and movie career but left Hollywood after constant sexual harassment.
10. Barbara Bach: After dropping out of school at 16 years old to start a film career, she caught the eye of one franchise producer and was cast as Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. Several years later, she caught the eye of Ringo Starr — her current husband.
11. Lois Chiles: Because of roles in The Great Gatsby and Death on the Nile, Chiles was cast as Dr. Holly Goodhead in Moonraker. In 1997, she made a cameo in the Bond spoof, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, but her scene was cut.
12. Lynn-Holly Johnson: After winning a silver medal in the 1974 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, Johnson was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Ice Castles. This attention resulted in transforming into “Bond girl” Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only. By the mid-90s, she had quit acting to focus on her family.