The Greatest
James Bond Girls

GoldenEye (1995)

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Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
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Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)

GoldenEye (1995)
d. Martin Campbell

Moneypenny (Samantha Bond)

This was the first film of four, for Samantha Bond in the role of a liberated Miss Moneypenny (simply Moneypenny in the credits), appearing in all the Pierce Brosnan Bond films.

In London, England, Moneypenny escorted Bond into the situation room to speak to his superior, M (Judi Dench for the first time in the role). He complimented the secretary on her lovely "after-hours" professional attire: "Dressing to kill?"

She good-naturedly boasted about being on a theater date with a gentleman, causing Bond to mention he was "devastated," claiming: "What would I ever do without you?" She quipped: "As far as I can remember, James, you've never had me." He replied: "Hope springs eternal." She joked that their conversation could qualify as sexual harrassment, and Bond asked if there was a penalty. Moneypenny asserted: "Someday you have to make good on your innuendos."

GoldenEye (1995)

Caroline (Serena Gordon)

After the credits played, Bond (Brosnan) sped along a mountain road above Monte Carlo (in the South of France) in his sleek, gray 1964 Aston Martin DB5. His passenger was nervous MI6 agent Caroline (Serena Gordon), sent by his superior to psychologically evaluate him - she was fearfully panicked and complaining about the "spirited ride," when they were followed by a 1995 red Ferrari Spider convertible.

After Bond exchanged a flirtatious smile with "the next girl" (Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen)) - the red-gloved brunette driver of the other car, they engaged in a dangerous car race down the hill, evading obstacles such as a hay-truck and a group of ascending cyclists. She eventually outmaneuvered Bond and sped away into the distance, when Bond obeyed Caroline's order to stop his car. He deferred to her: "As you can see, I have no problem with female authority."

He seduced her with his vehicle's refrigerated compartment holding Bollinger champagne, and although she claimed he was "incorrigible," she acquiesed and willingly kissed Bond (who joked: "Let's toast to your evaluation, shall we? A very thorough evaluation").

GoldenEye (1995)

Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco)

Natalya was a smart level-two computer programmer assigned to the Russian Severnaya Space Installation Control Centre in Siberia. Simonova worked alongside nerdy computer genius Boris Grishenko (Alan Cumming), who prided himself on his hacking skills. She witnessed the wholesale slaughter of the entire staff (she was one of two survivors), by two Janus crime syndicate members: General Arkady Ourumov (Gottfried John) and psychopathic femme fatale Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen).

She also saw the destruction of the facility by an electro-magnetic pulse from a stolen, clandestine Russian satellite weapons system called GoldenEye (capable of firing a massive, crippling Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)). Simonova escaped the burning wreckage through the centre's roof and emerged into the freezing Arctic weather.

Simonova later arrived via train in St. Petersburg, where she contacted the other survivor by email, her colleague Boris, but he double-crossed her when they met - bringing along Onatopp.

She first met Bond (Brosnan) inside a French Tiger helicopter where they were both bound together and about to be self-destructed by its own missiles although Bond was able to eject their cockpit to safety. However, they then found themselves arrested by Russian soldiers and taken to a cell. She was distrustful of the British government agent, and at first claimed that computer programmer Boris was the inside traitor responsible for the destruction of Severnaya.

When the two were questioned by the Russian Defence Minister Dimitri Mishkin (Tcheky Karyo), Bond told him that he had a traitor in his ranks, while Natalya blurted out to Mishkin that the real traitorous culprit wasn't Boris, but General Ourumov who had stolen the Golden Eye missile access, set it off, and targeted the Severnaya facility for destruction ("He killed everyone and stole the GoldenEye"). She also mentioned the existence of a second GoldenEye satellite.

Suddenly, Ourumov burst into the room, and shot Mishkin and his bodyguard dead using Bond's Walther PPK to try and frame him. Bond grabbed a guard's weapon as he and Simonova escaped, fleeing and dodging a barrage of bullets from Russian soldiers during a ferocious gunfight in the building's hallways and archive room. She was recaptured and driven away in a car driven by Ourumov, but Bond escaped.

He followed after her with a tank driven through the streets of St. Petersburg, as she was taken hostage aboard an old Russian ICBM-missile train - the mobile headquarters of the Janus group, led by Bond's former colleague and friend Alex Trevelyan (Sean Bean). The villain unsuccessfully tried to seduce her ("To the victor go the spoils...You may even learn to like me"), and later told Bond she "tastes strawberries."

Via a computer trace, Natalya helped Bond locate Janus' base in Cuba before narrowly escaping with him from the train, set to self-destruct. She proposed taking a trip to Cuba with him to assist with her vital computer skills, asking if he knew how to disarm the GoldenEye weapon -- he quipped: "I suppose that depends on what kind of weapon you're talking about disarming" - and they kissed for the first time.

On a Caribbean beachfront at sunset, Simonova tried to convince Bond to give up his profession -- "All of you, with your guns, your killing, your death. For what? So you can be a hero? All the heroes I know are dead." She argued that he would forever be alone: "It's what keeps you alone" - and then they passionately kissed, and retreated to the beach-house for love-making before a fire, within a mosquito-netted bed.

She accompanied Bond and was able to prevent the second rogue nuclear warhead GoldenEye satellite (Mischa) from destroying London - the plan of the Janus crime syndicate was to electronically steal money from British banks, erase or cover up their electronic financial schemings by directing an EMP at London, thereby causing a global economic catastrophic meltdown.

She broke into the computer center's control room and although later captured, she successfully redirected the second GoldenEye satellite (and its nuclear device) to burn up over the Atlantic Ocean during re-entry in the upper atmosphere.

She also piloted a helicopter to rescue herself and Bond by film's end, and on the jungle floor, they kissed each other, thrilled to be alive, before being airlifted by a US Marine helicopter to safety.

GoldenEye (1995)

Bond 'Bad' Girl Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen)

This risk-taking brunette first met Bond (Brosnan) during a spectacular but dangerous car race on a mountain road above Monte Carlo in the south of France. She wore red-gloves, flashed Bond a smile, and raced him downhill in her 1995 red Ferrari Spider convertible, with Bond in his sleek Aston Martin DB5. Bond exchanged a flirtatious smile with "the next girl" and accepted the challenge, evading obstacles such as a hay-truck and a group of ascending cyclists. She eventually outmaneuvered Bond and sped away into the distance.

That evening at a Monte Carlo casino, he found the exotically-dressed mystery-driver betting at the baccarat table, suggestively smoking a long cigar. He lost the first round, while mentioning that they shared three of the "same passions." She said that she only counted two: "motoring and baccarat" - both of which he had lost: "I hope the third is where your real talent lies." He claimed "one rises to meet a challenge" and won the second hand. When she left the table, he followed after her and ordered drinks for both of them ("vodka martini, shaken not stirred") although she wanted hers "straight up, with a twist." He introduced himself, customarily, after which she identified herself as Xenia Zaragevna Onatopp (Famke Janssen) - with a Georgian-Russian accent. He questioned her counterfeit license plates on her Ferrari.

Their discussion was interrupted when she departed with Canadian Admiral Chuck Farrel (Billy J. Mitchell) of the Department of National Defence. Through a transmission with his secretary Moneypenny (Samantha Bond), Bond learned that Onatopp was an ex-Soviet fighter-pilot with "current suspected links to the Janus crime syndicate, St. Petersburg." He was authorized to "observe" Onatopp but it was stipulated "no contact without prior approval." Moneypenny ended the transmission: "I hope you'll stay 'on-a-topp' of things."

During a love-making scene on the luxury yacht with Canadian Admiral Farrel, the nymphomaniacal assassinatrix, with black eye shadow and red lips, achieved orgasm while suffocating the Admiral with her long legged, muscle-bound thighs used as a body scissors-vice clamped around his mid-section (she liked to be 'on-top'), in order to steal his ID badge and use his identity to hijack a new state-of-the-art, high-tech stealth helicopter named the Tiger.

She was competitive, sexy and deadly at the same time, and the first Bond girl to obviously experience an orgasm.

The femme fatale character of Xenia Onatopp massacred almost the entire staff of the Soviet Space Weapons Control Centre, a Russian space installation in Severnaya, Russia (Siberia) - in a memorable scene, the physically-lethal, sociopathic female exhibited sadistic pleasure in creating the carnage with a machine-gun.

At Bond's St. Petersburg, Russia hotel where he was relaxing in the swimming pool, he sensed the presence of a robed intruder who had entered the Turkish steam bath area. When he held Xenia at gunpoint, she advised: "You don't need the gun, Commander." He quipped: "That depends on your definition of 'safe sex'." When she passionately embraced and kissed him, he cautioned: "That's close enough" although she demanded: "Not for what I have in mind."

She then assaulted Bond, and they struggled in a bout of rough sex play (Xenia: "Oh, you think you can hurt me"). On top of a massage table, she gripped his sides with her deadly scissors-like thighs, enjoying the sexual sensations, until he pushed her back against a wall ("Xenia: "You think you can break me"), and then placed her on a hot grating and flipped her over, before regaining his gun and ordering her to put him in touch with her crime syndicate boss: "No more foreplay. Take me to Janus."

The trail led to the villain, Bond's former colleague and friend Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) - it also brought Bond into contact with the deadly female one last time.

She met her demise when she attempted to kill Bond after he had survived a light plane crash in the jungles of Cuba. Harnessed and suspended from a helicopter, she abseiled down and used her trademark scissors-thigh grip on him ("This time, Mr. Bond, the pleasure will be all mine").

He clipped her into her harnessed rappelling rope, and shot with her weapon toward the circling helicopter above. When the chopper began to crash, Onatopp was propelled backwards into a Y-shaped tree, where she was brutally crushed by the impact (Bond: "She always did enjoy a good squeeze").

Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Spectre (2015) | No Time to Die (2021) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)

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