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
Claudine Auger as Domino
Diana Rigg as Tracy diVicenzo
“ON HER MAJESTY´S SECRET SERVICE”
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
“LIVE AND LET DIE”
Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova
“THE SPY WHO LOVED ME”
Kristina Wayborn as Magda
Grace Jones as MayDay
“A VIEW TO A KILL”
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
Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver
“TOMORROW NEVER DIES”
Sophie Marceau as Elektra King
“THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH”
Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost
“DIE ANOTHER DAY”
Caterina Murino as Solange
Eva Green as Vesper Lynd
Bérénice Marlohe as Severine
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.
Benjamin Lind became a James Bond fan at the age of 15 and has since closely followed the production of every film since 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. Apart from writing about Bond, he is a founding member of the James Bond Club Germany and holds a position as advisor in its executive committee. In 2016, Lind released a charity documentary film entitled 'A Bond For Life - How James Bond changed my Life' in support of UNICEF.