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September 06, 2019

From Ursula Andress to Luciana Paluzzi: Meet the Iconic Bond Girls Now

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One of the major draws of any great James Bond film is the gorgeous women who play the role of the Bond Girl in each movie. What did the Bond Girls do after the iconic role?

Any James Bond fan knows that a major part of the movie hinges on the tantalizing Bond Girl. Though the Bond Girl is often seen as nothing more than a pinup girl, they also play major characters opposite of the protagonist, Bond, James Bond.

Here's a look at seven of the most memorable and glamorous Bond Girls of all-time. Kicking off our list is the first-ever film in the franchise, Dr. No from 1962 starring Ursula Andress.

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Ursula Andress – Honey Ryder in "Dr. No" (1962)

The very first Bond Gir was Ursula Andress. She played the iconic Honey Ryder who left fans slack-jawed when she iconically walked out of the sea with a huge knife wearing nothing but the now-famous white bikini.

Her character was primarily used as a victim in need of protection from Bond. After the Bond film, Ursula reappeared in the Bond Universe in "Casino Royale" in the 1967 spoof of the Bond Franchise. She also acted in the 1981 film "Clash of the Titans" as Aphrodite.

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Honor Blackman – P***y Galore in "Goldfinger" (1964)

However, when many fans think back, they'll remember P[expletive]y Galore from the 1964 Bond film "Goldfinger." The character got her scandalous name from the original Ian Fleming character in the novel.

She was a stunning pilot who fell for James Bond which complicated her involvement in Goldfinger’s ultimate plans. Before portraying this iconic Bond Girl, Blackman worked on "The Avengers" series in 1962-1964.

After the role, she also ventured into music. She recorded the single "The Star Who Fell From Grace" in 2008.

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Shirley Eaton – Jill Masterson in "Goldfinger" (1964)

Shirley Eaton played Jill Masterson who helped Goldfinger cheat at cards. After James Bond, still played by Sean Connery, caught her she teams up with him to blackmail Goldfinger.

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Her character was killed by Goldfinger’s henchman as a result of her betrayal and Bond discovers her dead in bed and covered in gold paint. Although she was not the only Bond Girl in the movie she played a significant role in the storyline.

After the movie, Eaton went on to act in "Ten Little Indians" opposite Hugh O’Brian.

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Luciana Paluzzi – Fiona Volpe in "Thunderball" (1965)

Fiona Volpe, played by Luciana Paluzzi, used her sex appeal as a weapon. After making love with Bond in the 1965 movie in the series she took him captive. However, in the end, she was killed while dancing with him when a bullet meant for Bond hit her.

Paluzzi became known as the archetype of a villainous Bond Girl. Following the film, the Italian-born actress went on to act mainly in Italy until 1978. Besides "Thunderball" she is most famous for her role in "The Green Slime" in 1968.

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Diana Rigg – Tracy di Vicenzo in "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service" (1969)

Diana Rigg made the perpetual bachelor James Bond beg her to marry him. In fact, at the end of the film, she became Tracy Bond. Unfortunately, she never got to reprise the role as her character was killed by an ill-fated assassination.

Diana Rigg was one of the most successful actresses after her James Bond appearance. She landed a huge role as Olenna Tyrell in the cult classic "Game of Thrones."

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Jane Seymour – Solitaire in "Live and Let Die" (1973)

Seymour played the tarot card reader in "Live and Let Die" who was imprisoned by Kananga because he knew that if she lost her virginity, she would lose her psychic ability. When reading Bond's future she drew the lovers card only to lose her powers to him later on.

Solitaire's role was one of the most passive Bond Girl roles in the series but she was also one of the younger more inexperienced Bond Girls. She went on to star in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" from 1993 to 1998 and in the hit comedy "Wedding Crashers" in 2005.

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Halle Berry – Jinx Johnson in "Die Another Day" (2002)

"Die Another Day" was the 20th film in the franchise. It was released on the 40th Anniversary of the series and Jinx followed the same iconic entry onscreen as Ursula Andress's character in the first film.

Jinx was a daredevil similar to Bond and appeared to be the perfect companion for the spy played by Pierce Brosnan. Since then, Halle Berry's star status has only grown stronger and she recently landed a role opposite Keanu Reeves in the third installment of "John Wick."

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