Bond Girls have long been the marker of a new Beauty trend. When Monica Bellucci was announced as the latest in a line up of Bond Girls (although she prefers to be called a Bond Woman) – it was hard to believe she hadn’t been chosen before. The Umbrian seductress seems the obvious choice to lead James Bond off the straight and narrow. The new film Spectre is looking set to be a veritable feast of beauty inspiration. Alongside Bellucci will be the beautiful French ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ star Lea Seydoux as well as seeing the return of Naomi Harris, once again appearing as Miss Moneypenny.
Over the years we have seen an army of powerful female roles in James Bond Films and, despite their inevitable weakness for 007, they are kickass feminists throughout. The earliest of course being Ursula Andress in the 1962 film Dr No. Her character ‘Honey Rider’ is still the #1 beauty reference for beach hair and the poster girl for holiday beauty. That iconic moment where she steps out of the breaking waves was repeated by Halle Berry in the 20th Bond Film Die Another Day.
Moving through the decades, ‘70s Bond girls had a more Charlie’s Angels vibe with fabulous blowdries and honey, tanned skin. Then there was definitely a Dynasty feeling in the ‘80s with Maud Adams’ Octopussy, who was polished to the extreme with glossy red nails, dark plum lipstick and a bronze smoky eye. You may well have forgotten that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher was a Bond Girl too. Although back in the ‘90s she sported a fabulous puffed up bob!
Although Miss Moneypenny never manages to transition her relationship with Bond past “professional” – she sure knows how to rock geek chic office beauty. From Lois Maxwell’s Grace Kelly hair to Caroline Bliss’s incredible horn rimmed glasses there are plenty of amazing looks to choose from.