Bond Girl power: 50 years of femme fatales fashion
Monica Belluci in 'Spectre' (2015)
In Bond’s latest outing, Mafia widow Lucia Sciarra (Monica Belluci) has a significant part to play as she helps 007 crack down on the SPECTRE crime cartel. And by the looks of this fitted waistcoat with a sophisticated tail, it’s clear Sciarra intends to be all business.
Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe in Skyfall (2012)
The Bond franchise marked its 50th anniversary by making Skyfall its most stylish film since the Sean Connery days. For Naomi Harris’ Miss Moneypenny, costume designer Jany Temime chose a curve-skimming, shimmering sheath in gold, while femme fatale Bérénice Marlohe's mysterious Severinne stunned in a custom-made black satin gown adorned with 60,000 Swarovski crystals. Though the dresses were exquisite, they took a second seat to the personality of the women wearing them – making it obvious that while the franchise may revolve around Bond, his leading ladies have evolved from mere eye candy to significant characters.
Halle Berry in Die Another Day (2002)
Though the Bond franchise boasts hundreds of bikini-clad moments, Halle Berry’s tangerine homage to Honey Ryder’s swimsuit in Die Another Day underscored Andress’ preeminence as the ultimate fashion icon.
Talisa Soto in License to Kill (1989) and Sophie Marceau in The World is Not Enough (1999)
Bond is a sophisticated man with very specific preferences: his martinis must be shaken (never stirred) and he only drives stick shift. And it would appear that his favorite color is scarlet red – which is precisely why an amorous Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto) and rich heiress Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) donned come-hither hue for their respective casino-set scenes.
Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die (1973) and Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Need proof that the Bond girl archetype has evolved over the decades? How’s this for contrast: Early Bond babe Jane Seymour played a fortune teller constrained both by her voluminous boho skirts and her demure nature. Two decades later, Michelle Yoeh broke with convention as a lethal spy with a combat-ready wardrobe in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Grace Jones in A View To Kill (1985)
As a fierce and edgy assassin, May Day favored androgynous fashion infused with a dose of disco-era glam, like this leather jacket paired with a dramatic hood. Perfect for a Jamaican-born mode-turned avant-garde goddess, right?
Jill St. John in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Kim Basinger in Never Say Never Again (1983)
In Bond’s world, itty-bitty bathing suits are equally suited for stealing diamonds (Jill St. John’s long-sleeved bikini) or hot tub seduction scenes (Kim Basinger’s animal print one-piece).
Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Say what you will about George Lazenby’s much-maligned performance, but Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg)’s mod-chic wardrobe was absolutely unforgettable. One head-turning look? This a daring daisy pattern jumpsuit with a sheer chiffon coat for her wedding to Commander James Bond.
Claudine Auger in Thunderball (1965)
In the role of Dominique “Domino” Derval, French actress Claudine Auger epitomized Parisian sophistication in a formfitting evening gown paired with a luxurious fur stole.
Honor Blackman in Goldfinger (1964)
Armed with a pilot’s license, knowledge of karate and sharp-shooting skills, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) proved herself a match for Britain’s best-known spy. The sultry blonde was dressed impeccably for the part too, in a feminine black and gold riff on Bond’s tailored Saville Row suits.
Ursula Andress in 'Dr. No' (1962)
Sure, James Bond might cut a cool figure in a designer tux, but when it comes to fashion, he’s got nothing on the feisty, fearless femmes fatale he’s encountered during his big screen adventures. The first actress to share the screen with Bond was Ursula Andress, who made a splash in a cream-colored bikini with a hunting knife strapped her side. Thus the Bond Girl – sexy, irresistible, and yes, intimidating as hell – was born.