Best & worst Bond girls
- November 3, 2012 - 8:27 AM
Best Bond girl: Honey Ryder
The central image of the original Bond movie isn't the hero fighting Dr. No, or production designer Ken Adam's striking, futuristic secret base. It's surf-drenched Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) striding the Caribbean beach in her white bikini, all lips and stare and a big Bowie knife strapped to her thigh. She set the kiss-kiss-bang-bang template for the series' women. They offered more in the way of va-va-voom than coherence or character development, yet through their confidence and comfort with their sexuality, they represented a new kind of female freedom.
Honey was presented as a competent, resourceful, courageous, even dangerous woman, and her look became a classic pop-culture reference. Her appearance at the height of the Playboy era was rather tame, yet in a 2003 British TV opinion poll it was voted the sexiest moment in screen history. Andress became an instant sensation and went on to become one of the most photographed women of her time.
Worst: Bibi Dahl
In “For Your Eyes Only,” this nymphet skating star (Lynn-Holly Johnson, 22) meets Bond and promptly breaks into his hotel room, showers and offers herself to the irresistible spy (Roger Moore, 54 and looking it). Fortunately, 007 refuses, making Bibi the only girl to be chased out of bed by James Bond.
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