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Bérénice Marlohe, Halle Berry, Eva Green & More Bond Girls (Photos)

French beauty Bérénice Marlohe has been cast as 007’s latest love. See more Bond Girls from years past.

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BERENICE MARLOHE

Bond Girl: Severine (Skyfall, 2012)

For over a year, rumors have been swirling about the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise. Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto and Tron star Olivia Wilde were allegedly next  to fill the Bond Girl’s big stilettos, but the role has gone to French actress Bérénice Marlohe, who was introduced at Thursday's press conference for Bond no. 23, called Skyfall. "I play a glamorous, enigmatic character called Severine,” 30-year-old Marlohe said at the press conference, according to People magazine. Sam Mendes is directing Skyfall, Daniel Craig will be reprising his role for the third time as 007, and Dame Judi Dench and Javier Bardem will also return once again. But will being loved by the famous spy help Marlohe’s career? Take a look back at the previous girls on Bond’s arm…

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EVA GREEN

Bond Girl: Vesper Lynd ( Casino Royale, 2006)

Before French-born actress Eva Green took on the role of Vesper Lynd opposite Daniel Craig in 2006’s Casino Royale, she was known mainly only to theater junkies and those who saw a whole lot of her in her first feature film, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. Green was not a mainstream starlet by any means when she played Lynd, Bond’s first romantic interest. “They asked me to come and audition a year and a half ago in London and I didn’t want to go, because the Bond Girl role is a bit dangerous for an actress, I’d say,” Green admitted. But taking that risk not only won Green a BAFTA and Entertainment Weekly’s honor as the fourth-best Bond girl in the franchise’s history, but it also led to more roles. She’s since gone on to star in more films in the past three years than in her 26 years before Casino Royale, such as The Golden Compass and The Last Word.

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HALLE BERRY

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.

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SOPHIE MARCEAU

Bond Girl: Elektra King (The World Is Not Enough, 1999)

Parisian actress Sophie Marceau first achieved international recognition as Princess Isabelle in the 1995 Oscar Best Picture winner, Braveheart, then took on the role of Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and joined the 007 franchise in The World Is Not Enough in 1999. As Elektra King, the siren was not only a 007 love interest but also the movie’s psychopathic villain, a distinction she’s proud of. “I wasn’t a Bond girl,” Marceau told The Guardian of the role in 2008. “I was the villain. I played a megalomaniac, which might surprise you was a very happy experience.” Since then, Marceau has shied away from the American market, only earning roles in two U.S. films —Anthony Zimmer and Alex & Emma—in the past decade. She has, however, continued to act in numerous French films.

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TERI HATCHER

Bond Girl: Paris Carver (Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997)

Her breakthrough role on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, led to Teri Hatcher being cast opposite Pierce Brosnan as Paris Carver in the 1997 Bond installment, Tomorrow Never Dies. Hatcher played the part three months pregnant, but in hindsight, she says, it probably wasn’t worth it. “It’s such an artificial kind of character to be playing that you don’t get any special satisfaction from it,” she said of being a Bond Girl nearly a decade later. For the next seven years after Tomorrow Never Dies, Hatcher struggled to reproduce her Lois-level of fame and was stuck taking on parts in films like Spy Kids until 2004, when she was cast in Desperate Housewives.

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FAMKE JANSSEN

Bond Girl: Xenia Onatopp (GoldenEye, 1995)

As the first Bond girl to star with Pierce Brosnan, model-turned-actress Famke Janssen took on the murderous role of the winky-wink-named Xenia Onatopp in the 1995 Bond reboot Goldeneye. For the largely unknown Dutch actress, the film gave her plenty of professional golden opportunities. She’s since moved on from the 007 franchise to star in the X-Men series, recently had a recurring role on the highly acclaimed Nip/Tuck, and mocked the secret agent genre in 2002’s I-Spy, based on the 1960s television series. “I get to spoof the Bond movie. Finally, after years I get a chance!” she told BBC of the role. 

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CAREY LOWELL

Bond Girl: Pam Bouvier (License to Kill, 1989)

Playing opposite Timothy Dalton in the 16th installment of the 007 series, Carey Lowell took on the part of Pam Bouvier, a former military pilot with CIA connection who tries to help 007 get even with a coldblooded drug lord. “She’s more competitive and confrontational,” the model-turned-actress told The Milwaukee Journal of her coveted Bond girl role. “That had to be a change in order for the Bond films to continue because I think they might have been losing audience. It’s still a cliché, but it’s an updated cliché.” Lowell, who is married to Richard Gere and who has since gone on to star in two successful Law & Order series knew she needed to break away from the stereotype associated with 007’s femme fatales. One of Lowell’s first roles following Bond was as Tom Hanks’s late wife in Sleepless in Seattle.

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TANYA ROBERTS

Bond Girl: Stacey Sutton (A View to a Kill, 1985)

Tanya Roberts was already well acquainted with guns, spies, and gadgetry before she joined the ranks of Bond Girls — she had been one of Charlie’s Angels in the television series’ final season. In the early 1980s, she also popped up in a string of failed television pilots and on the cover of Playboy. And in 1985, she played a sexy geologist alongside Roger Moore in A View to Kill — the film closes with her whispering the words, “Oh, James…” Her career took a severe turn for the worse after Bond and she found herself stuck in mostly cheap thrillers. It took until the 2000s for her to reappear in a familiar role, ditzy neighbor Midge Pinciotti in That 70s Show.

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MAUD ADAMS

Bond Girl: Andrea Anders (The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974 and Octopussy, 1983)

This Swedish-born Bond girl may have played second-string femme fatale to her countrywoman and friend Britt Ekland in The Man with the Golden Gun, but unlike most before her, Maud Adams also had another opportunity to seduce 007 nearly a decade later. Adams is the only woman in the film franchise’s history to play two different Bond Girls and the second time around she portrayed one of Ian Fleming’s naughtier-named characters, Octopussy. Though her career didn’t exactly take off, Adams did make a business out of talking about and appearing in all things Bond, minus a guest stint on That 70s Show and a recurring role on Swedish soap opera, Vita lögner.

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KIM BASINGER

Bond Girl: Domino Petachi ( Never Say Never Again, 1983)

Kim Basinger was 30 when she played Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again—but Sean Connery—who reprised his role as James Bond after retiring in 1971—was 53. And though the movie is called an “unofficial” Bond movie because it was not produced by EON Productions, it grossed an impressive $160 million at the box office. Since then, Basinger has worked steadily, earning a Golden Globe nod for her role in The Natural in 1984, and a Globe and an Academy Award for her performance as Lynn Bracken in L.A. Confidential in 1997.

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BARBARA BACH

Bond Girl: Anya Amasova “Agent Triple X” ( The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977)

In The Spy Who Loved Me, Barbara Bach played Anya Amasova—a Russian agent who teamed up with Roger Moore’s 007 to stop another plot for world domination. At the time, film critic John Simon said that Bach “may just be the most beautiful woman to ever enter the Bondian universe.” But Bach had fewer kind words for her co-star, calling Bond “a chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets.” Grossing $185.4 million worldwide, the movie reignited the Bond franchise—but Bach’s career didn’t exactly catch fire. She appeared in Playboy throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s (and, again in 2008) and married Ringo Starr in 1981, with whom she appeared in the eminently forgettable Caveman.

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JANE SEYMOUR

Bond Girl: Solitaire ( Live and Let Die, 1973)
At age 22, Jane Seymour appeared in Roger Moore’s first Bond movie, 1973’s Live and Let Die. She played Solitaire, a clairvoyant tarot card reader, who loses her virginity to James Bond after he stacks her deck and she picks the “Lovers” card. Following Bond, Seymour’s career has included several major roles—most famously as Dr. Michaela Quinn on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. In 2005, Seymour showed she is still Bond Girl-worthy playing a cougar who wants Owen Wilson to sample her new breast implants in Wedding Crashers.

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JILL ST. JOHN

Bond Girl: Tiffany Case ( Diamonds Are Forever, 1971)

She had been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Come Blow Your Horn in 1963—but Jill St. John’s bikini-clad performance as Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever is still her best-remembered. After Bond, St. John, who is married to Robert Wagner, appeared on a smattering of TV shows—including the famous “Yada Yada” episode of Seinfeld.

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DIANA RIGG

Bond Girl: Tracy DiVincenzo ( On Her Majesty's Secret Service,1969)

In the nearly 50 years of the movie franchise, James Bond married once for real—and it didn’t end well. His estimable wife was played by Diana Rigg, the British-born actress who found fame in the mid-'60s on The Avengers. As secret agent Mrs. Emma Peel, Rigg reached a level of fame on the British series before starring as Tracy in On Her Majesty’s Secret Secret in 1969. “I'm very anxious to see if it will be successful,” she said of being Mrs. 007. “I think it will be, but who knows if I’ll be accepted as the wife of James Bond? The success of the role will determine whether I’ll be able to do films in that genre in the future or not.” Though the sixth Bond film did have critical and commercial success, George Lazenby’s Bond is typically derided as the worst in history. After Bond, Rigg, 71, spent the majority of her career in the theater, earning a Tony for her performance in the title role of Medea in 1994 and two other nominations.

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HONOR BLACKMAN

Bond Girl: Pussy Galore ( Goldfinger, 1964)

Before playing the most famous Bond Girl of all —the unforgettably-named Pussy Galore—actress Honor Blackman first found fame on The Avengers. For Blackman, now 84, there is still only one 007. “Connery will always be my favorite Bond. He’s the sexiest devil ever,” she told WalesOnline in 2009. “Physically he was perfect and with his weird accent, he was rather fascinating. You did believe he was someone who had just laid a woman, moved on to shoot someone else and not given a toss, which is how the character was written.” Many would also pin her as Bond’s sexiest girl ever. Since Goldfinger, Blackman has worked steadily, appearing in many movies (including Bridget Jones’s Diary) and TV shows. In 2007, she was one of several actresses to appear in a controversial ad campaign addressing domestic violence in which she appeared to have a black eye.

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URSULA ANDRESS

Bond Girl: Honey Ryder ( Dr. No, 1962)

Emerging from the ocean with her deadly bikini and accompanying weapon, Ursula Andress became a sex symbol for generations to come. As the first Bond Girl, Honey Ryder, in 1962’s Dr. No, the Swiss actress won a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. “She set the standard by which all of the others would be judged,” the president of the International James Bond Fan Club and Archive, Graham Rye told the BBC in 1999. “The girls that have come since have almost matched up to her.” After Dr. No., Andress went on to star with Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Marcello Mastroianni in a series of early ‘60s features. And when her iconic bikini went up for auction in 2001, it fetched more than $50,000. “This is the most important piece of memorabilia ever sold at auction,” winning bidder and Planet Hollywood co-founder Robert Earl told the BBC. James Bond would no doubt agree.