The Greatest
James Bond Girls

From Russia With Love (1963)

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

From Russia With Love (1963)
d. Terence Young

Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson)

Outside London by a scenic lake, Bond was kissing Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson in her second appearance in a Bond film), in a river-side punt. She was wearing a two-piece bathing suit during a picnic lunch, but they were interrupted when he was summoned by pager.

Bond was told by secretary Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell), through his Bentley car phone, to report to the office. As an excuse for being gone, Bond claimed he was "reviewing an old case" - Miss Moneypenny overheard pouting Sylvia's aside ("So I'm an old case now, am I?"), and quipped: "Your old case sounds interesting, James."

Before leaving in an hour and a half (lengthened from one hour), he romanced Sylvia during "lunch" under his car's convertible top in the back seat.

[Note: It was originally planned to have Sylvia as a recurring figure to appear in every Bond film, although the idea was scrapped.]

From Russia With Love (1963)

Corporal Tatiana ("Tania") Romanova (Daniela Bianchi)

A low-level Soviet Embassy cipher clerk/employee with a Russian name, Tatiana Romanova, who worked in the Russian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was hired as a pawn by evil terrorist organization SPECTRE member/officer Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), under orders from SPECTRE chief Ernst Blofeld (Anthony Dawson), to seduce and destroy Bond (Connery) in order to avenge the killing of Dr. No.

[Note: The role was played by the beautiful Italian actress Daniela Bianchi, Miss Rome and a runner-up for Miss Universe.]

The innocent and naive female was to entice him (through her companionship and the promise of defection) to acquire a top secret Lektor code machine from the Russians, an encryption or crytopgraphic device, so that SPECTRE could kill him.

She revealed that she had fallen in love with him through a personnel file photo, and written a letter, promising to defect but only under the condition that Bond personally accompany her (and the Lektor) back to England (on the Orient Express train).

She first encountered Bond by awaiting him in bed (wearing only a sexy black velvet choker) in his Istanbul hotel suite, where she hid herself in the middle of the night. After being introduced, he complimented her on her beauty, but she confessed: "I think my mouth is too big." Bond replied, before kissing her: "No, it's the right size. For me, that is." Bond expressed how he hoped he could live up to Tatiana's expectations, and she promised she would tell him about the Lektor - in the morning. They were unaware that they were being filmed through a one-way mirror during their subsequent love-making, to create a sex scandal.

Later, as he quizzed her on the Lektor machine, she provided technical details to authenticate the device, and also romantically pleaded with him: "Will you make love to me all the time in England?" and "Am I as exciting as all those Western girls?"

The film ended with the loving pair relaxing and sailing away in a Venice gondola after Tatiana shot menacing SPECTRE agent Klebb (who was disguised as a maid, with a poison-tipped dagger-shoe) with her own pistol. He tossed away the incriminating reel of film shot in their bridal suite, and kissed her.

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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