Style retrospective: Bond girl fashion Bond girls have become as legendary as the world’s favourite British spy himself. Rebecca Martin takes a look at some of 007’s most intriguing side-kicks and their fabulous wardrobes. Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) in Dr No, 1962 The very first Bond girl was also one of the best. The Swiss native’s voice may have been dubbed over post-production, but no one can deny that her first appearance in the film, in that bikini on the beach, has become one of the most iconic scenes in film. Her seductive walk out of the waves was later mimicked by Halle Berry in one of the more recent Bond flicks, but nothings beats the original. Honey’s bikini is the most famous of all Bond girls’ costumes, and dozens of copies have turned up in high street stores every summer since. Nothing can top the real thing though, we’re still hunting for our vintage Sixties bikini to channel our inner Ursula. Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) in Diamonds Are Forever, 1971 Devious and devilish, this Bond girl played by Jill St. John, was supposedly named after our favourite jewellers, Tiffany’s. As a diamond smuggler, she’s one of the more feisty ladies James ever encounters. Her wardrobe consists of colour-pop jumpsuits with geometric prints and funnel-neck coats. We also love her high-necked buttoned dresses and black lace slips. If there’s one thing Bond girls do with effortless style, it’s nightwear and swimsuits. Running around a burning oil rig in a technicolour bikini was all it took to make Sean Connery fall at Tiffany’s feet. Now that, we admire. Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977 Barbara Bach is definitely one of the prettiest girls Bond has come across. In the mid Seventies, Anya was the most exotic and powerful woman to appear on screen. Equally at home fighting as she was under Bond’s sheets, she was 007’s first modern equal. A major in the Russian army, Anya became Bond’s glamorous partner on another of his secret missions. Style-wise, she epitomized classic hippie fashion with crochet skull-cap hats, classic floor-length evening dresses in burgundy and navy, and of course her long wavy locks. Bond girl hair at its best. Bibi Dahl (Lynn-Holly Johnson) in For Your Eyes Only, 1981 To appeal to younger film-goers, poducers of For Your Eyes Only introduced Bond’s youngest love interest to date, Bibi Dahl (baby doll, get it?). The 22-year-old figure skater tried to seduce Bond on countless occasions, but he resisted. During her mission, Bibi wore some great coats, the red military one being our personal favourite. Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) in Goldfinger , 1964 The second most popular Bond girl after Honey Ryder according to a recent poll, Pussy was the leader of an organised crime gang of cat burglars. Pussy’s character is in fact a lesbian, but her style is no less feminine than her fellow Bond girls, and Bond is still enthralled by her sensuality. Her wardrobe consisted of classic, well-tailored pieces, including a black velour suit and a gold lame waistcoat, which she wore for the majority of the film. Fitted shirts were also present, always showing a hint of killer cleavage. Domino Derval (Claudine Auger) in Thunderball, 1965 Domino always dressed in black and white. An open-sea diver and villain’s mistress in the film, Bond meets her at the Bahamas while searching for stolen nuclear missiles. Domino ends up betraying her guardian to help him, wearing outfits that have to date been some of the best to grace a Bond girl’s body. Her voluminous locks, styled with a simple alice band, framed her beautiful features and look-at-me beauty spot. Famed for her teeny zebra-print bikini, she also new how to wear evening gowns and the classic Sixties shift. Solitaire (Jaye Seymour) in Live and Let Die, 1973 Solitaire is Live and Let Die’s beautiful tarot card reader. After sleeping with Bond, she loses her powers, but finally gains freedom from her egotistical boss. Dressed to kill in amazing oriental maxi dresses in red and turquoise, with hair piled atop of her head in loose curls, her wardrobe is all Seventies hippie chic. Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland), The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974 Goodnight is Bond’s beautiful contact in the Far East. Britt Ekland was first offered the role of villain Scaramanga’s girlfriend, but the producers changed their mind when they saw her in a bikini. Her floaty hair, bee-sting lips, the floaty summer dresses and her signature pearl earrings made her character as iconic as the rest of Bond’s side-kicks. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.