Top 10 most fashionable Bond girls – Times Online

Top 10 most fashionable Bond girls – Times Online

My favourites have to be Pussy Galore & Vesper Lynd….

10. Octopussy – Maud Adams (Octopussy, 1983)

As the only woman to play two Bond girls, Bond producer Cubby Broccoli clearly found something irresistible about this demure Swede. Surely it was the hair? Sporting the most pouffy, wispy, honeycomb nest of a bouffant since Dusty Springfield, it’s hard to notice the face when the hair enters stage left. Twin that with some equally wispy lingerie (does Octopussy actually get dressed during the film?) and you have yourself a screen siren. This is a master class in underwear as outerwear; it’s a shame it doesn’t stay on for long.

9. Pussy Galore – Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, 1964)

Welcome to the Bond Girl’s Guide to Power Dressing. Goldfinger filming may have taken place in the sixties – an era dominated by mini skirts, pansies and women who looked like schoolgirls – but hey-I’m-all-woman-and-I-have-a-husky-voice Pussy would rather jump out of an aeroplane than wear a skirt – she had trouser suits galore. With her perfectly sculpted bob, low-cut gold tops and the best Bond make-up ever seen, it’s not just the name that’s memorable.

8. Xenia Zaragevna Onatopp – Famke Jannsen (Goldeneye, 1995)

Vampiric, fetishistic and one hell of a hot lady. Onatopp’s S&M kit makes Lara Croft look like Tiny Tears. What does a woman who can crush James Bond between her legs wear? Well, apart from nothing, red leather or a military uniform. Oh, and blood red lips. At the casino it’s Sophia Loren style but with none of the sweetness – she smokes a cigar and she’s probably hiding a razor-sharp flick knife in her suspender belt. Evil never looked so good.

7. Teresa Di Vincenzo – Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969)

The most glamorous death scene belonged to Teresa Di Vincenzo (a.k.a the only Mrs Bond). If you’re going to cark it, you might as well do it in an aquatic glitter cocktail dress, on a beach, with perfectly voluminous hair and feline, mascara-caked eyes. And of course, a look of desperation when you realise you’ve been married to the most eligible bachelor in the world for precisely five minutes. Were it not for the outfit, this would be tragic.

6. Melina Havelock – Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only, 1981)

If you want an excuse for a nautical wardrobe, then film your Bond story at sea. Cue high waisted trousers, plenty of heat-reflective white t-shirts, and effortlessly straight hair – with not a sign of salt frizz (not even after being plunged into the sea tied up in ropes). The only woman in history to make a yellow jumpsuit look good – not even a leathery Roger Moore could pull that one off.

5. Vesper Lynd – Eva Green (Casino Royale, 2006)

Cue the twenty-first century and a harder Bond, and out comes the glamour quicker than you can say “hand over the pussy, Blofeld”. Given Roberto Cavalli’s involvement in the casino outfits you can already see the formula: sleek, sexy and sculpted. But Vesper Lynd’s forties locks, icy froideur and scant trace of a smile hardened the look in tune with Daniel Craig’s pithier 007. A master class in hauteur.

4. Solitaire – Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die, 1973)

How do you dress a psychic tarot card-reading virgin? Slap on the eye make-up (think Ming from Flash Gordon), give her some bling-tastic ethnic jewels and make her wear more maxi dresses than Talitha Getty at a Moroccan riad. One of the most beautiful and innocent of Bond Girls, Solitaire managed to look sexy, even when draped in a red satin tent. OTT? Absolutely. And this is why we love her.

3. Miss Mary Goodnight – Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974)

Yes, her ears stick out. Yes, she looks like Patsy Kensit. Yes, she has a ridiculous name. But Miss Mary Goodnight also benefits from the best ever Bond wardrobe. Cue geometric seventies prints, fabulous shades of turquoise, emerald and azure, and even a towel that was perfectly accessorised with her hair. She’s the Bond girl we want to be, and we’d run her over in an Aston Martin for her clothes.

2. Honey Ryder – Ursula Andress (Dr No, 1962)

Was it the body or the bikini that made Andress the most memorable (and lusted-after) Bond Girl of all time? Given that the remaining elements of her on screen wardrobe were significantly suspect (think pink satin Orient-inspired dresses and frizzy Jodie Harsh hair) the bikini had to be a force with which to be reckoned. Give the costume designer an Oscar for creating a white version that wasn’t see-through.

1. Miss Moneypenny – Lois Maxwell (Dr No, 1962 – A View to a Kill, 1985)

Miss Moneypenny is the consummate British Bond Girl. Granted, she has the advantage of an extensive wardrobe (an appearance per episode requires serious costume department strategising), but we love her because she never let James get a whiff of what was lurking beneath her twinset. Like Maggie Thatcher with a twinkle in her eye, her look was dominated by pussy bow blouses, pencil skirts and perfectly coiffured hair. Ursula may have had the bikini, but it was Moneypenny’s prim, trim and keep-it-all-in (and out of sight) that passed the test of time, and kept 007 guessing. What a woman.

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