Bond Girl: Jinx Johnson ( Die Another Day, 2002)
Though she had already earned an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and a role in another pop-culturally significant series as Storm in X-Men, Halle Berry catapulted her stardom to another level when she joined the James Bond movie franchise in 2002 in that infamous orange bikini. As Jinx, Berry paid homage to the first Bond Girl Ursula Andress from Dr. No 40 years earlier. But the role may have also slowed down her career. “It’s splashy, it’s exciting, it’s sexy, it’s provocative, it’s fun and it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar,” Berry told Ebony of the role upon its release. Out there? Maybe, but not necessarily in a favorable light. Though Die Another Day earned more than $400 million in global box office, Berry has starred in a series of panned productions like 2004’s Catwoman, which did earn her a Razzie for Worst Actress of the Year.