Bond Girls Are Forever

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Bond Girls Are Forever
DVD cover
Produced byMaryam d'Abo
StarringMaryam d'Abo, Halle Berry, Ursula Andress, Honor Blackman, Luciana Paluzzi, Jill St. John, Jane Seymour, Maud Adams, Lois Chiles, Carey Lowell, Michelle Yeoh, Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Rosamund Pike
CinematographyBrian Pratt
Edited byKevin Bourque, Harry Watson
Planet Grande Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed byMGM Domestic Television Distribution
Release date
  • November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06) (United States)
Running time
46 min (US)
49 min (updated) (DVD) (Finland)
CountryUnited States

Bond Girls Are Forever is a 2002 James Bond documentary film hosted by actress Maryam d'Abo, who had played the role of Kara Milovy in the 15th James Bond film The Living Daylights. It was accompanied by a 2003 book written by John Cork and d'Abo. The book is subtitled The Women of James Bond. Both the film and the book is a tribute to the elite club of women who have played the role of a Bond girl.[1]

The TV film, which was released in November 2002 alongside Die Another Day features interviews with a number of Bond girls who were featured throughout the film franchise between the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962) starring Ursula Andress and the then-current 20th film Die Another Day starring Halle Berry. In 2003, the documentary was released on DVD and offered as a free gift with the purchase of Die Another Day on DVD by some retailers.

In 2006, a new version of the documentary, updated to include interviews with cast from Casino Royale and edited to include commercial breaks, was produced for the AMC network and was later released as a bonus feature on the March 2007 DVD and Blu-ray editions of Casino Royale.

A new 2012 version was shown on the Sky Movies 007 channel in the UK to include Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

Emmy award–winning singer and songwriter Faith Rivera performed a rendition of "Nobody Does It Better" over the closing credits of the documentary.

Bond girls interviewed in order[edit]

The Leading Actors[edit]

There would be several roles available for female actors offered casting in a ‘Bond Film’: the principal character, whose motives are sometimes uncertain, those who contribute to the task-at-hand, those who undermine it, often with consequences, and quixotic confederates. There are of course gray areas, numerous indefinites, as to the role offered in casting, with or without reference to a definite screenplay. Is the role ‘written’ true to an ‘original’ Fleming novel, in keeping with the Fleming genre, or as a play on the style or cast without a screenplay? Alternatively, does the role accepted change with edits to the screenplay, changes in directors or from producer influence?[2]

Largely, female leads are ‘rescued’ by Bond, fellow MI6 agents or CIA allies, played against associates of the lead villain or the opposing SPECTRE / KGB intelligence organization, both being supported by actors in smaller parts moving ‘the plot’ along with momentary interaction with the male lead. Two actors have played in more Bond Films than any individual Bond actor: Lois Maxwell (Lois Ruth Hooker) as Miss Moneypenny and Dame Judith Olivia Dench as ‘M’. They have not been the Lead in a Bond Film, playing a Protagonist but never the Antagonist; both always stand very high in the credited cast lists for each film in which they appear.

Film Focal Lead Protagonist Antagonist Quixotic
Dr. No (1962) Ursula Andress Eunice Gayson Zena Marshall Dolores Keator / Yvonne Shima
From Russia with Love (1963) Daniela Bianchi Eunice Gayson Lotte Lenya Aliza Gur / Martine Beswick
Goldfinger (1964) Honor Blackman Shirley Eaton / Tania Mallet Nadja Regin Margaret Nolan / Mai Ling
Thunderball (1965) Claudine Auger Molly Peters Luciana Paluzzi Martine Beswick / Rose Alba / Maryse Guy Mitsouko
Casino Royale (1967) Ursula Andress Deborah Kerr / Barbara Bouchet Daliah Lavi Joanna Pettet / Angela Scoular / Jacqueline Bisset
You Only Live Twice (1967) Akiko Wakabayashi Mie Hama Karin Dor Tsai Chin / Jeanne Roland
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Diana Rigg Angela Scoular Ilse Steppat Catherine Schell / Joanna Lumley
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Jill St. John Lola Larson / Trina Parks Lana Wood / Margaret Lacey / Denise Perrier
Live and Let Die (1973) Jane Seymour Gloria Hendry Madeline Smith / Julius Harris
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Britt Ekland Maud Adams Carmen Du Sautoy / Yao Lin Chen / Francoise Therry
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Barbara Bach Olga Bisera Caroline Munro Dawn Rodrigues / Sue Vanner
Moonraker (1979) Lois Chiles Corinne Cléry Leila Shenna / Irka Bochenko Emily Bolton
For Your Eyes Only (1981) Carole Bouquet Cassandra Harris Lynn-Holly Johnson / Jill Bennett
Never Say Never Again (1983) Kim Basinger Barbara Carrera Prunella Gee / Valerie Leon / Saskia Cohen Tanugi
Octopussy (1983) Maud Adams Kristina Wayborn Tina Hudson / Michaela Clavell
A View to a Kill (1985) Tanya Roberts Mary Stävin Grace Jones Fiona Fullerton / Alison Doody / Papillon Soo Soo / Jean Rougerie
The Living Daylights (1987) Maryam d'Abo Kelly Tyler Belle Avery / Caroline Bliss / Virginia Hey
Licence to Kill (1989) Carey Lowell Talisa Soto Della Churchill / Priscilla Barnes / Diana Lee-Hsu
GoldenEye (1995) Izabella Scorupco Samantha Bond Famke Janssen Serena Gordon
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Michelle Yeoh Teri Hatcher Nina Young Cecilie Thomsen / Daphne Deckers
The World Is Not Enough (1999) Denise Richards Serena Scott Thomas Sophie Marceau Maria Grazia Cucinotta / Daisy Beaumont
Die Another Day (2002) Halle Berry Christina Cole Rosamund Pike Rachel Grant / Cristina Contest / Deborah Moore
Casino Royale (2006) Eva Green Caterina Murino Ivana Miličević Alessandra Ambrosio / Vlastina Svátková / Tsai Chin
Quantum of Solace (2008) Olga Kurylenko Gemma Arterton Lucrezia Lante della Rovere / Oona Chaplin / Stana Katic / Rachel McDowall
Skyfall (2012) Naomie Harris Bérénice Marlohe / Judi Dench Tonia Sotiropoulou / Yennis Cheung / Helen McCrory
Spectre (2015) Léa Seydoux Monica Bellucci / |Naomie Harris Brigitte Millar Stephanie Sigman
Bond Girls Are Forever
Boxtree British hardcover edition
AuthorJohn Cork
Maryam d'Abo
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesJames Bond
PublisherBoxtree Ltd.
Publication date
2002 (Documentary)
2003 (Book)
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
TV film
Pages192 pp.


  1. ^ "Bond Girls are Forever: The Woman of James Bond by Maryam D'Abo, John Cork". Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  2. ^ Persall, Steve (7 November 2012). "Four kinds of unforgettable Bond girls". Retrieved 17 August 2015.

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