After a lengthy consideration (on the tube this morning) and much research (ie, looking up the spellings), here is my list of the 10 best female characters in the James Bond film series… Let me know if I’ve missed out your favourite.
- Dink (Margaret Nolan, Goldfinger). She’s only in the movie for about 20 seconds. And she gets a patronising slap on the bum from 007. But she’s just so pretty.
- Séverine (Bérénice Lim Marlohe, Skyfall). Again, not in the film a great amount – just a segment about halfway through. But she’s beautiful, looks stunning in an evening gown, and has a terrific scene with Bond where she’s clearly scared but doing a good job of hiding it.
- Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike, Die Another Day). As her surname suggests, she’s icy cool. She also gets a spoiler-tastic subplot.
- Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman, Goldfinger). The first great Bond girl – though the fact she’s patently a ‘woman’ is what makes her so sexy.
- Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet, For Your Eyes Only). A quietly brilliant character who’s out for revenge. One of the few Bond girls with whom 007 makes an emotional connection.
- Tiffany Case (Jill St John, Diamonds Are Forever). A sassy, brassy, wisecracking gal with bags of energy and charm.
- Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco, GoldenEye). One of the best ‘real’ characters in the series: a Bond girl who’s tough and resourceful, but not a super-spy so gets scared and anxious too.
- Vesper Lynd (Eva Green, Casino Royale). One of Bond’s true loves, she sashays into his life and steals his heart. It’s easy to see why, especially when she’s dolled up for the card game.
- Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service). Played by the best actress ever cast as a Bond girl, Tracy is an enigma. We first see her trying to kill herself, and at first she doesn’t respond well to Bond – but the film then gives us a genuine love story.
- Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell, Licence to Kill). I’ve been in love with Pam for, ooh, about 25 years now. Not only is she a smart, sophisticated and sexy woman, but she plays a vital part in the series’s best ever plot.
(Oh, and an honourable mention for the Judi Dench version of M, who was absolutely terrific. She kinda fulfills the Bond-girl role in the plot of Skyfall.)