Domino, Thunderball, and the Best Bond Girls of All Time

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by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine

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It’s weird. Seeing those old photos of the Bond films and their casts. Seeing Sean Connery play 007 long before he knew there would be this many films and this many Bonds. Seeing those photos of the three leading women of Thunderball, all of them probably looking just as modern in 1965 as Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe looked in 2012.

Thunderball is one of the great but forgotten Bond films. It came after what can only be considered the Original Trilogy — Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger — and just before Connery’s slide and Moore’s entrance. (I prefer to bypass George Lazenby like everyone else.)

The movie marks the end of one dynasty, and the beginning of an irrelevant one.

This is sad. Thunderball was perfect. Tom Jones sang the song, and a young, beautiful woman named Claudine Auger starred as Domino — the greatest Bond girl of all time, in the greatest bikini of all time.

How did Broccoli know how perfect that black-and-white swimsuit — which matched her character’s name — would be, and how well it would stand up over time?

Here’s some proof:

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Domino - Thunderball

Thunderball Women

Domino - Thunderball 2

Domino - Thunderball 3

Domino - Thunderball 4

Domino - Thunderball 5

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The Best Bond Girls of All Time:

Olga Kurylenko

Kuylenko came out of nowhere to star in Skyfall. Her look is unorthodox. She’s not everyone’s cup o’ tea. But, if you get it, you can’t shake it.

Olga Kurylenko - Daniel Craig

Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace

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Halle Berry

A woman of her beauty and fame in a Bond film as bad as Die Another Day? That’s like having Gretzky suit up for the Blue Jackets. They call these sorts of people ringers.

(The real thought on my mind right now: why the hell was she wearing that gigantic knife and sheath while taking a casual dip in the Ocean?)

Halle Berry in Die Another Day

Halle Berry as Jinx - Die Another Day

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Sophie Marceau

Marceau’s performance — and just all around physical heart-stoppingness — was overshadowed by the dreadful appearance of Denise Richards as Christmas Jones.

Marceau’s villainous female heir character was what firs taught me about Stockholm Syndrome. Needless to say, I’m still held captive.

Sophie Marceau and Pierce Brosnan

Sophie Marceau in The World is Not Enough

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“Pussy Galore”

Nobody knows her real name, but is that our fault?

Pussy Galore in Goldfinger

Pussy Galore - Honor Blackman - Goldfinger

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Jane Seymour

Dr. Quinn was a little more devious before she became a Medicine Woman.

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Jane Seymour as Solitaire - Live and Let Die

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Gemma Arterton

Skyfall spoiled us. Arterton has put together a nice little career in the wake of her short but completely unforgettable appearance as a pixie-haired cutie who dies under a blanket of oil.

Agent Fields Death - Quantum of Solace

Gemma Arterton in Quantum of Solace