My best bud THJ and I were having a heated discussion about the merits of the various 007 girls. Before it got to fisticuffs, we decided we needed to have more information. I seflessly volunteered to do the back-breaking work of research on this weighty subject.
We needed to set some guidelines. I figure that there are 2 classes of James Bond "girls" (Ok, women, but what the hell). The first is the fantasy fueling co-star of a Bond flick, the Main Babe. Then there are Secondary Babes, who Bond might dally with (especially Roger Moore's 007, who seemed to have no inner voice saying "no!").
There are also the girls who just kind of decorate the set, the Eye Candy, and finally, Miss Moneypenny who we're not counting here.
This is going to be spread out over
several many posts, seeing as to how there are 22 or so "official" James Bond films and a couple of unofficial ones. God what a horrible task I have ahead, looking through all these pictures and films....I must be strong!
I'm not taking these in any order, but I am starting with the first Main Babe, Ursula Andress
She rose from the sea like Venus in A White Bikini in the second half of the first "official" James Bond film adaption, Dr. No (1962).
Appearing onscreen at the beginning of the film, even before Bond, is the first Minor Bond Girl, Sylvia Trench as played by Eunice Gayson, who was born in 1928.
She appeared in the same minor role in the next 007 film, From Russia with Love.
Both women are clearly rooted in the 1950s ideal . Gayson started in films in 1948 and ended her career in 1972 with some British TV shows.