James Bond returns tomorrow with Skyfall, the much-anticipated new entry that brings Daniel Craig back for his third outing as Agent 007. And knowing Bond, we expect to see as much action in the bedroom as we do outside of it.
Skyfall adds at least two new Bond girls to the roster ― and two new notches on Bond’s bedpost, most likely. But being a Bond girl is a hazardous occupation ― there’s roughly a 50% rate of survival. So in honor of the 23rd film in the Bond canon, let’s toast these fearless ladies ― the 23 hottest Bond girls.
23. Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton) ― Quantum Of Solace
Her name is an obvious reference to the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever," but this Strawberry Fields didn't last nearly as long as "forever." An MI6 agent who meets an unfortunate end after sleeping with Bond, she is drowned in oil and left dead on his bed in a Goldfinger homage.
22. Bibi Dahl (Lynn-Holly Johnson) ― For Your Eyes Only
This figure skater had the hots for Bond, but unfortunately was a little too young for him. (Bibi Dahl = "baby doll." Get it?)
21. Solange Dimitrios (Caterina Murino) ― Casino Royale
Having sex with James Bond is like playing a few rounds of Russian roullette, particularly when you're married to a guy who works for a terorrist. Not surprisingly, Solange's story doesn't have a happy ending... but she is the first woman to sleep with Daniel Craig's Bond, so it wasn't all for naught.
20. Plenty O’Toole (Lana Wood) ― Diamonds Are Forever
With a name like that, she better be hot. Gambling fiend Plenty O'Toole also has plenty of chest, which unfortunately didn't save her from being thrown out a window into a pool. Hers is one of several Bond girl names that inspired Austin Powers girls like Felicity Shagwell and Alotta Fagina ― and are those really any worse than Plenty O'Toole?
19. Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) ― The World Is Not Enough
Because only in a James Bond film would you find Denise Richards playing a nuclear chemist. Her name isn't quite as bad as "Plenty O'Toole," but it does lead to plenty of groan-worthy Bond puns like, "Christmas comes but once a year." Wince.
18. May Day (Grace Jones) ― A View To A Kill
May Day starts as the villain's lover and an assassin (with super-strength!), but ends up sacrificing herself to save Bond. And since Grace Jones is a musician, she would have been perfectly capable of singing her own Bond theme, but the honors for this film went to Duran Duran. (It was 1985, after all.)
17. Octopussy (Maud Adams) ― Octopussy
Usually Bond girls are basically just window dressing. Octopussy is the only Bond girl to get a whole movie named after her. Which is probably the only thing Octopussy will ever get named after her, because seriously, what kind of name is that?
16. Eve (Naomie Harris) ― Skyfall
Skyfall hasn't come out yet, so maybe it's cheating to include her on this list already. However, rumor has it there's more to Eve than meets the eye for longtime 007 fans, and beyond being beautiful and knowing how to defend herself, what else does a Bond girl need, really?
15. Solitaire (Jane Seymour) ― Live And Let Die
Yes, Dr. Quinn, medicine woman, was once actually a Bond girl. And a pretty hot one, at that! In a rare twist, she's also a virgin as well as a psychic... at least, until she gives it up to James Bond, which causes her to lose her abilities. Hmm... worth it?
14. Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) ― The Man With The Golden Gun
As her silly name indicates, Mary Goodnight is both a Bond girl and a blonde girl... meaning she's none too bright. She's Bond's assistant, and notoriously one of the most incompetent Bond girls ― she gets locked in a closet while Bond is hooking up with someone else, inadvertently blows up an island, and nearly kills Bond by sitting on the wrong button. But hey, she looks good in a bikini, and that's what matters most in the 007 universe!
13. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) ― Moonraker
A CIA agent and astrohpysicist who joins Bond in space to stop a dsastardly scheme to wipe out humanity. We'll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she's named "Holly Goodhead" because she's smart and has a good head on her shoulders.
12. Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) ― The Spy Who Loved Me
Russian agent Anya's code name is "XXX," which pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
11. Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) ― The World Is Not Enough
Bond doesn't have such a good track record when it comes to sleeping with the enemy. A lot of Bond girls turn out to be not such nice girls after all. Elektra certainly fits that description, since she kills her own father and attempts to set off a nuclear explosion. Like many a villainess, her evil scheme can only be completed after a romp in the hay with everyone's favorite secret agent.
10. Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) ― Tomorrow Never Dies
A Chinese spy, one of few Bond girls who can really hold her own against Bond. She has no use for his sexy nonsense. It's a notable transition in the franchise's journey from being ridiculously over-the-top sexist to being only somewhat sexist.
9. Domino Petachi (Kim Basinger) ― Never Say Never Again
Kim Basinger's first major movie role! Bond initially massages Domino to get information out of her, but in the end, she's charmed him enough that he retires from the MI6 altogether to settle down with her. Aww.
8. Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) ― Skyfall
Until Skyfall opens, we don't know much about Sévérine yet, but judging from the way she looks, let's just say we don't think she's a very nice lady. But when has that ever stopped James Bond?
7. Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) ― Goldfinger
One of the most iconic Bond girls, thanks to her death ― Bond discovers Jill's body in bed, covered in gold paint. She died of "skin suffocation."
6. M (Judi Dench) ― GoldenEye through Skyfall
Okay, M is no traditional Bond girl. She's more like a Bond granny, and we certainly don't want to see her hit the sack with Daniel Craig. But she is Bond's boss (impressive) and she's made it through more films than most other Bond females. Plus, she's held up pretty well for her age, and since Skyfall is rumored to be her last film in the franchise, it's high time she made one of these lists.
5. Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) ― Dr. No
The first Bond girl, and one of the most famous for the scene in which she walks out of the ocean in a white bikini. The Swedish actress had her voice dubbed over because she's supposed to play a Jamaican shell diver (!). She's the one who started it all.
4. Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry) ― Die Another Day
Jinx enters the movie in an homage to the first Bond film, Dr. No, stepping out of the ocean in an orange bikini. But she's also an NSA agent who can take care of herself, so she's not just a pretty lady in bikini (unlike most Bond girls).
3. Vesper Lynde (Eva Green) ― Casino Royale
Another double-crossing vixen, but not a willing one ― terrorists have taken her lover hostage and will kill him if she doesn't cooperate. Whether they live or die, Bond girls tend to disappear once their movie is over, never to be mentioned again. But Vesper's legacy was so lasting that Bond spent all of Quantum of Solace still mourning her.
2. Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) ― GoldenEye
As you may have gathered from her last name, Xenia is a woman who likes to be in control. That often includes crushing men between her thighs during sex until they die... but what a way to go! Xenia proves that when it comes to Bond girls, the bad ones tend to be a little more fun.
1. Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) ― Goldfinger
Her name is Pussy Galore. Enough said.
Who's your favorite Bond girl? Let us know in the comments!