Here's What the Iconic Bond Girls Look Like Now
They’re beautiful, they’re daring, and they’re lethal…they’re iconic Bond Girls. Since the James Bond franchise began, actresses have been prying to be one of 007’s famous girls. It’s a badge of honor that requires a specific spice that only a few girls have.
The thing that makes a girl a Bond Girl is a little bit of poise and a whole lot of poison. They have to carry themselves with subversive authority…disarming villains with a single glance. In this list, we have some of the most iconic Bond Girls in the franchise. Since the beginning, we’ve been obsessed, but it’s been a long time since James Bond stepped onto the scene in 1962.
We tracked down all of the special agents…just to see what trouble they’re up to now. Here’s what those iconic Bond Girls look like now. From Sylvia Trench to Jill Masterson, these ladies may have traded in their special agent status, but they’ve had some pretty interesting lives.
If you like vintage TV, or just catching up on the latest celebrity gossip, check out the article we picked just for you at the end of this one. In the meantime, take a look at this list…you won’t regret it.
Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder - Then
Ursula Andress is known as the first Bond Girl of all time. She set screens ablaze with her scorching hot beach scene. She scampered out of the ocean in a skimpy white bikini with a weapon holstered to her hip.
She won a Golden Globe for her role as Honey Ryder as “New Star of the Year.” While only a few had heard of her before her role as Honey Ryder, no one could forget her after…and we can’t blame them!
Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder - Now
Now, siren Ursula Andress is well into her ‘80s. She’s had an amazing career filled with beautiful moments. She now splits her time between her apartment in Rome and her home in Switzerland close to her family.
Ursula was one of the defining characters of the James Bond franchise and went on to star in several roles highlighting her phenomenal body. Empire Magazine even voted her as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in film history."
Eunice Gayson - Sylvia Trench - Then
Eunice Gayson played James Bond’s first love interest in the franchise. She meets Bond at a casino during a game of Baccarat in the first Bond film “Dr. No.” Eunice’s character Sylvia Trench is the first girl to hear Bond’s iconic tagline.
“Bond, James Bond.” She made a reappearance in the second Bond movie, “From Russia: With Love.” Eunice was originally cast to be M’s secretary “Dr. No,” however they switched her role after she came off too modest. Her coy disposition made her perfect to be Bond’s love interest.
Eunice Gayson - Sylvia Trench - Now
At 90 years old, Eunice passed away in 2018. In 2012, she was able to attend the premiere of “Skyfall” after releasing an autobiography "The First Lady of Bond." She was very proud of her career and carried her Bond Girl status proudly.
Eunice’s daughter even got a taste of the action herself in the 1995 Bond film “Goldeneye.” Eunice had been acting since 1948. Two of her last three films were Bond films so you could assume they were the pinnacle of her career.
Honor Blackman - Pussy Galore - Then
Before she was one of the most popular Bond Girls of all time, Pussy Galore, Honor Blackman was a very popular English actress. She starred in The Avengers (1962-1964). She left her popular role as Cathy Gale and turned into an international sex siren as Pussy Galore.
She landed the iconic role by showcasing her Judo experience. After all, those Bond Girls are as lethal as they are gorgeous! They have to keep up with special agent 007, and hold their own against those nasty villains.
Honor Blackman - Pussy Galore - Now
Honor Blackman started acting when she was only 15 years old. She enjoyed an amazing career that solidified her memory with fans across several generations. Honor passed at 94 years young at her home in Lewes, East Sussex on April 5, 2020.
Honor wasn’t afraid to speak her mind both on-screen and in real life. She was an active political advocate and spoke out on topics that were highly controversial throughout the ‘60s. She even called out Sean Connery for dodging taxes saying, “ "I disapprove of him strongly now. Because I don't think you should accept a title from a country and then pay absolutely no tax towards it. He wants it both ways. I don't think his principles are very high."
Shirley Eaton - Jill Masterson - Then
Shirley Eaton was James Bond’s ‘Golden Girl.’ Her iconic scene where she was painted gold and nearly nude was on the front page of everyone's mind for years! Arguably one of the most iconic scenes of the franchise she won over fans as one of the most iconic Bond Girls of all time.
Shirley’s character, Jill Masterson actually ends up dying from being covered in gold. However, the career-defining scene lives on in James Bond history. Besides being a Bond Girl, Shirley also sang! She was actually in the 1957 Eurovision contest.
Shirley Eaton - Jill Masterson - Now
Shirley retired from acting shortly after bearing it all for us in Bond’s Goldfinger in 1964. She stared in a few more roles, but ultimately chose to give up the big screen for a much tamer life at home with her family.
She was married to her husband, Colin Lenton Rowe, from 1957 until his death in 1994. Shirley wanted to be a larger part of her two children’s lives. She stated in an interview with Steve Swires of Starlog Magazine that "A career is a career, but you're a mother until you die.”
Karin Dor - Helga Brandt - Then
Karin Dor played the infamous Spectre assassin, Helga Brandt in the 1967 Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Sexy, but dangerous, her character put up a fight…however she was ultimately fed to a hoard of piranhas resulting in her death.
Karin had that sexy Twiggy look with perfectly curled hair and picturesque proportions. Her body and demure demeanor enraptured Bond in the movies, but even fans remember her to this day. She’s one of the few Bond girls to be a redhead!
Karin Dor - Helga Brandy - Now
Karin was a serious German actress. Besides her appearance in the Bond franchise, Karin also had a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Topaz.” She loved acting so much that she never gave it up! In 2008 Karen was in a Munich stage production of Man liebt nur dreimal ("You Only Love Thrice").
Karin suffered a traumatic head injury after an accidental fall while vacationing in South Tyrol. A woman accidentally rammed Karin with a stroller which caused her to fall backward and hit her head. She refused to give in to the injury and performed every night at the Komödie im Bayerischen Hof in Munich. At 79 years old, Karin passed away due to complications from her head injury in 2017
Barbara Bach - Anya Amasova - Then
Barbara Bach appeared in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. She was Anya Amasova, a Soviet KGB operative trying to avert WWIII. Her mission in the film is the investigation of a Russian nuclear submarine that has gone missing. James Bond is also looking for the missing submarine to avert the threat of WWIII of course.
The beautiful Soviet agent meets Bond during a show at the Pyramids of Egypt. Men under her command fight with Bond who she believes killed her Egyptian contact. She’s wrong, of course, and when that whole mess is cleared up, they end up working together.
Barbara Bach - Anya Amasova - Now
Working on Bond was not something that actress Barbara Bach really enjoyed – at all. She has described James Bond as “a chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets,” according to an interview featured in People. And sadly, the role didn’t do much for her career either.
Bach struggled to find steady work and even lost out on an audition for Charlie’s Angels for being “too sophisticated,” as she detailed in an interview with Johnny Carson. Her last film was in 1986 and it was just a cameo role. Over the years, she has struggled with alcoholism but has been sober since 1988. She is a practicing vegetarian.
Famke Janssen - Xenia Onatopp - Then
Dutch actress and former fashion model, Famke Janssen played Xenia Onatopp in the 1995 Bond movie GoldenEye. In this movie, she’s a member of a secret crime syndicate and she even attempts to murder James Bond!
Xenia Onatopp was a callback to another fem fatal, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. However, Xenia was way more ruthless and arguable way sexier in a way only a Bond Girl could be. Her character was ultimately killed off after a rambunctious fight scene where she lived up to her name “On Top”
Famke Jansen - Xenia Onatopp - Now
Once she got a taste of the action, actress Famke Janssen just couldn’t leave it alone. After her Bond Girl role, she went on to play Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men franchise from 2000 to 2014. More recently she was in the Netflix series Hemlock Grove.
Famke is not done with acting, she’s been working on many projects as recent as 2021. She’s known to speak out along with her dog, Licorice, for animal rights organizations like PETA. When she wasn’t cast in the new X-Men movie X-Men: Apocalypse she called out Hollywood for being sexist to older women.
Gemma Arterton - Strawberry Fields - Then
British spy, Strawberry Fields was the secondary Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace (2008). Gemma Arterton played the role perfectly as a redhead who lived up to her name. She meets up with James Bond and informs him that they were undercover as teachers on sabbatical. She falls for Bond and ends up sleeping with him.
Strawberry Fields meets her unfortunate end after she gets too close to the truth at the villain Dominic Greene’s party. Knowing she is being followed at her hotel, Strawberry leaves a note for Bond at the front desk telling him to “RUN!” She’s found naked covered in oil on her hotel room bed shortly after.
Denise Richards - Dr. Christmas Jones - Then
In 1999 Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Denise Richards, played Dr. Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough. Dr. Christmas Jones is a nuclear physicist that gets entangled with something larger than herself. There must have been a blueprint for ‘90s bad girls…you’ll see in a bit.
Her role as Dr. Christmas Jones faced some serious backlash from fans because the character archetype was starting to get overplayed by this point in the ‘90s. While a grey crop top, short shorts, combat boots, and updo sure is sexy…fans were starting to get tired of the Lara Croft look.
Carey Lowell - Pam Bouvier - Now
Carey Lowell didn’t really have a successful film career after appearing in License to Kill but she did notably appear in the 1993 modern classic, Sleepless in Seattle as well as Leaving Las Vegas. She is perhaps best-known for her work on television.
Carey Lowell starred in both Law & Order and a spin-off series called Law & Order: Trial by Jury. In both series she played Jamie Ross, a defense attorney who eventually becomes a judge.
In her personal life, Carey Lowell has been married three times – most notably to actor Richard Gere, whom she separated in 2013 and finally divorced in 2016 after some highly contested proceedings.
Maud Adams - Octopussy - Then
Maud played one of the most iconic Bond Girls of all time…Octopussy in the 1983 Bond film under the same name. But this wasn’t Maud’s first time meeting Mr. Bond. She also had a small role in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Maud Adams is fluent in five different languages. Before her career took a curveball, Maud wanted to be an interpreter. Before Bond, Maud was a Swedish model. She was discovered by a photographer in a store, he took her picture and submitted it to the Miss Sweden contest.
Maud Adams - Octopussy - Now
Octopussy has not returned to the big screen in quite some time, however, she has made appearances on “That ‘70s Show” and “Walker Texas Ranger.” Maud never had children although she was married twice! That’s probably why she looks good even though she’s nearly 80 years old!
Although her career as an actress wasn’t necessarily A-list, Maud has said that she looks back on her role and enjoys the fact that she was a part of pop culture. Maud had several smaller films before landing her role in the Bond franchise, but now she lives a quiet life only appearing at red carpet events for Bond.
Tanya Roberts - Stacy Sutton - Then
Tanya Roberts played Stacy Sutton, a bond girl out to fight for her inheritance of Sutton oil. But, her nemesis Max Zorin has the advantage of wealth and power at his side, proving that securing her inheritance would be no easy task. Yet, still, she maintains her composure in the face of his threats.
Sutton starts out in the story as a geologist employed by the state of California. She is an ally to James Bond in the film A View to Kill. While Stacy Sutton proves herself as a brave soul, she does need rescuing from Bond. A little-known fact was that she was supposed to be played by Priscilla Presley before being replaced because of a contract with the show Dallas.
Tanya Roberts - Stacy Sutton - Now
Tanya Roberts started out with small roles on TV shows like Charlie’s Angels and several B-movies. James Bond was a big deal for her but it didn’t particularly launch her career. She would later appear as Midge Pinciotti on the hit TV show That ‘70s Show.
Tanya Roberts had been married to Barry Roberts from 1974 until his death in 2006. They had no children together. He died after becoming terminally ill in 2001. After his death, she began dating Lance O'Brien. Today, she remains active on social media and is an animal rights advocate. She died just in 2021 after a urinary tract infection had advanced to sepsis.
Carey Lowell - Pam Bouvier - Then
Carey Lowell played Bond girl Pam Bouvier, a former United States Army pilot who becomes s CIA operative. She works with Felix Leiter in an effort to take down a South American drug lord named Franz Sanchez. She, o course, finds out that James Bond is ultimately after the same thing.
As a CIA operative, Pam is capable of a great many things. She can pilot aircraft, navigate boats and drive tanker trucks. She appears in the 1989 film License to Kill, starring opposite Timothy Dalton. Interestingly that was the first James Bond movie not to use an Ian Fleming book title.
Denise Richards - Dr. Christmas Jones - Now
Now over 50, Denise Richards has released a memoir called “The Real Girl Next Door.” She took her moment in the limelight and turned it into a full career on television. She’s had many roles since then and recently completed two seasons on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. For fans of the franchise, you can see that two seasons is more than enough.
She’s just as beautiful now as she was then! Her IMDB page is packed with movies and TV roles. She’s one of the lucky Bond Girls who went on to have an extensive career after their run in with James Bond.
Sophie Marceau - Elektra King - Then
Sophie Marceau, who also played the Princess in Braveheart, ended up as a bond girl in the 1999 film The World is Not Enough. In it She played Elektra King, a protagonist in the film that was both cunning and manipulative.
After being kidnapped by a terrorist named Viktor Zokas, she was abandoned by MI6 and forced to escape on her own. She was the owner of King Oil and sought to expand her global empire. French actress Sophie Marceau starred opposite Pierce Brosnan who was Bond at the time.
Sophie Marceau - Elektra King - Now
Sophie Marceau has mostly abandoned English-speaking films since her time as a Bond girl, sticking to French-speaking roles. She’s had a highly successful career in French cinema, having starred in a number of motion pictures from 2000 until the present day. Most recently she can be seen in the French comedy I Love America.
Shortly after her Bond film, she separated from her partner, Polish director Andrzej Zulawski with whom she has a child, and had a six-year relationship with Jim Lemley, an American producer. She had a daughter with him born in 2002. But besides being a mom, she continues doing what she loves, as an actress and a classically trained cellist.
Halle Berry - Jinx Johnson - Then
It seems like Halle Berry was everywhere in the early 2000s. From her head-turning role as Catwoman to yet another iconic beach scene in the Bond franchise, Halle has left her mark in TV history.
Halle Berry plays NSA agent Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day released in 2002. In this film, Jinx and Bond are star-crossed lovers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty fighting bad guys. JInx is assigned to kill agent Zao who is supposed to know who’s a double agent but instead falls for James Bond.
Halle Berry - Jinx Johnson - Now
In real life, Halle Berry was the runner-up in the Miss USA pageant, she even came sixth in the Miss World 1986 contest! She was one of the highest-paid actresses during the early 2000s and we can definitely see why. She’s another Bond girl who went on to join the X-Men franchise as Storm.
Halle Berry is still involved in acting, although she’s slowed down from her earlier years. If you ask us, she’s barely aged a day! Her love life has been quite the speculation, when you’re this pretty everyone thinks they’re entitled to be in your business. Her divorce from Gabriel Aubry proved to be costly and is still ongoing as of 2020.
Eva Green - Vesper Lynd - Then
Eva Green played arguably one of the most important women, if not the most important woman, in James Bond’s origin story, starring Daniel Craig - Casino Royale. Eva Green played Vesper Lynd, a character straight out of the original novel who ultimately betrays Bond.
Vesper Lynd was an HM treasury agent assigned to keep an eye on and handle government funds in a high-stakes poker game in an effort to draw out a terrorist organization and bring down a dangerous criminal called Le Chiffre. Bond ends up falling in love with her, but in the end delivers the money to the terrorist organization, thus betraying him. Nevertheless, she makes a deal to spare his life, showing she does care for him after all.
Eva Green - Vesper Lynd - Now
Eva Green continued to star in a number of blockbuster films after her time as a Bond girl. Among the films she has appeared in are The Golden Compass, Dark Shadows, 300: Rise of an Empire and Dumbo. And while none of those movies were particularly great, money is money. Right?
Eva Green has done a pretty good job keeping her private life, well, umm…private! But it has been rumored that she is dating film director Tim Burton who has already directed a few films with her. She has described herself as a nerd and a bit of a homebody so that’s probably why there are not a lot of pictures of them together.
Gemma Arterton - Strawberry Fields - Now
Gemma Arterton has been quite busy in her career, she was a primary voice in the MeToo movement. She organized a visual demonstration of solidarity during the 2018 BAFTAs where she organized everyone to wear black in support of Time’sUp.
After a slew of whirlwind romances and a failed marriage, Gemma says in 2015 that she “Never really believed in exchanging vows.” and will probably never marry again. That didn’t last long because she married actor Rory Keenan in 2019.