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Bond Girl Glamour Highlights

Since I recently mentioned the number of dress changes of Fatima Blush in “Never say Never Again”, I was reminded of some Bond Girl Glamour Highlights from 50 years of 007 that I always regarded as outstanding. And without further ado, here they are in chronological order.

Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe 

in 

“THUNDERBALL”

Beautiful arrangement of a light blue evening gown and cyan stole along with fitting jewellery. It made her look simply stunning and represented typical 60´s glamour

Claudine Auger as Domino 

in 

“THUNDERBALL”

Glamorous as well in this evening gown is Claudine Auger. The white seems more innocent for the good Bond Girl while Fiona Volpe loves colour. In reflection of her monochrome name, Domino only wears black and white…the rest are swimsuits

 Diana Rigg as Tracy diVicenzo 

in 

“ON HER MAJESTY´S SECRET SERVICE”

What really stood out for me was the floral white wedding ensemble – a white guipure lace all-in-one trouser suit formed of oversized daisy flower heads and seed pearls, sleeveless with scalloped plunge neckline and wide leg pants; detachable tiered coat in sheer ivory chiffon; nude briefs and bra; white patent leather shoes with tall heel and high vamp
Decked in glamorous, era-specific trends by Marjory Cornelius, Rigg’s costumes were subtly symbolic of her tomboyish nature, culminating in this memorably daring wedding ensemble.
Even though Marjory Cornelius was only credited as costume designer on two features, the eye for detail and ingrained sophistication she brought to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ensures its place as the most strikingly clothed Bond film of all.

Jane Seymour as Solitaire

in 

“LIVE AND LET DIE”

Solitaire is not exactly one of the most interesting Bond girls in the series. She does however make up for this by being exotically attired and easy on the eye.
A succession of elaborate, shimmering brocade dresses in vivid shades of red and orange that both sweep the floor and show off actress Jane Seymour’s perfect figure

 Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova 

in 

“THE SPY WHO LOVED ME”

A rival agent for 007 and good at her job, Major Amasova is also something of a knockout in the looks department, with a wardrobe of exactly the kind of pieces you’d expect from a sexy spy – unfeasibly form fitting military uniforms and sleek, sequinned trimmed evening gowns rigged up to conceal a weapon
Barbara Bach looked absolutely stunning in the Egypt scenes since it was such a bold and sparkling contrast to the monotonous desert

 Kristina Wayborn as Magda

in

“OCTOPUSSY”

The black dinner dress of Magda with matching jewellery now really wasn´t THE foremost clothing highlight in the entire film, but I personally found it to be so beautifully simple and elegant paired with Wayborns good looks.

 Grace Jones as MayDay

in

“A VIEW TO A KILL”

Yep, that´s also a bit glamourous…but overall in a more disco sort of way. Yet, the designs were fitting for Jones´ character.

 

The Jamaica-born disco diva played the ‘roided-up enforcer of zillionaire industrialist Max Zorin. A baddie-turned-goodie, she tries to drown Bond, then slowly surrenders to his generic star power. 
If the film was the Bonds’ bow to ’80s cartoonishness, Jones’ punk fiend May Day turned that into an asset. Like a demon let loose from a dance club in hell, May Day is fiery, fierce and fun.
With thigh-high boots, leather pants and the overall ‘I’m hot and I’ll kill you’ look in her eye, Jones dominates in this Bond film as a sexy and fearless assassin. With a body to die for, Jones favoured power shouldered looked with matching drapey hoods.

 Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp

in

“GOLDENEYE”

Goldeneye saw the Bond franchise rebooted for the Nineties, and Onatopp’s wardrobe shows, with her kitted out in full utility get-up, tight black crop tops, black army trousers and a gun holster, as well as the obligatory LBD (though they couldn’t resist making it in crushed velvet).

 

Nothing says sexy like evil does. Famke Janssen encapsulates exactly that with her dangerously flawless face and body. Famous for squeezing her victims to death with her thighs, Xenia rocked an army get-up as easily as a tight-fitting evening gown

 Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver

in

“TOMORROW NEVER DIES”

The 90´s continue to impress, this time with Teri Hatcher in a long black evening gown – tantalising and (have to say it) took off in a wonderful scene between Brosnan and Hatcher.

 Sophie Marceau as Elektra King

in

“THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH”

The Millenium Bond once again raised the bar for glamour elements. What really stood out for me were the outfits designed for Sophie Marceau. The red casino dress was simply a stunning creation.

 

And so was the dress she wore at the end of the movie
A further nod goes to the skiing outfit which made her really look like the heiress that she portrayed.

Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost

in

“DIE ANOTHER DAY”

A beautiful blonde ice queen with a cut-glass accent and fierce fencing skills, Rosamund Pike’s Miranda Frost was, at the time Die Another Day was released, unfortunately overshadowed in the bombshell category by her onscreen love and battle rival, Halle Berry, who played Jinx.

 

In hindsight, it’s Frost who is the more intriguing of the two characters, since, like the proverbial iceberg, there is so much more than you expect going on under the surface.

 Caterina Murino as Solange

in

“CASINO ROYALE”

Yap, that´s a dress I really liked on a smoking hot woman like actress Caterina Murino. Although her screentime in the film was rather limited due to an untimely death, this stunning red dress left a lasting impression on both men and women!

Eva Green as Vesper Lynd

in

“CASINO ROYALE”

When we are first introduced to the character of Vesper Lynd on the Montenegro train sequence, she comes across as the boring government type – until she engages in a “Battle of the Words” with Bond played by Daniel Craig in his first outing as 007.

 

Her entrance into the casino scene couldn´t have been more glamourous – with everybody looking at her and thinking “Gosh, who´s that beauty?” Lynd issued in a new era of well-dressed, sophisticated Bond girls, leaving behind the high-wattage Nineties outfits in favour of razor sharp suits, trench coats and sleek, dark dresses worthy of the catwalk, as well as the film’s casino setting.  

  Bérénice Marlohe as Severine

in

“SKYFALL”

 Bérénice Marlohe enters the world of James Bond at a key moment in its history – Skyfall, marked the 50th anniversary of the stylish and highly remunerative franchise that debuted with Sean Connery as 007 in Dr. No.
For the latest James Bond movie: Skyfall, Jeny Temime is an iconic film costume designer to collaborate with the brand Swarovski crystals to create a dress that matches the characteristics of the mysterious Bond Girl. The dress was made with care by Jeny who attached crystals one by one to the arm, neck, back, and sides of the dress featured in the film. Jeny said, “I looked at the Atelier Swarovski crystal molds in Paris and I knew I wanted to make a ‘Tattoo’ special crystals to dress Severine“.
 I finish my highlights report with this breathtaking image of Severine and I have high hopes for the future of the Bond franchise – may it set as many terrific style examples in the future as it did in the past.
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