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Commemorating 50 years of 'Bond Girls'

February 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Oscar commemorated 50 years of James Bond in film Sunday. Ten former "Bond Girls" reminisce about their "007" days.

Every James Bond movie comes with the signature "Bond Girls." From Ursula Andress to Jane Seymour, Maud Adams and Jill St. John, they are just part of Bond's golden anniversary in movies. But it's a long list of ladies.

"And when I was doing the movie, I never thought anything about it. But now, look at it! I'm stamped 'Bond Lady,'" said Gloria Hendry, who starred in "Live and Let Die" in 1973.

"I love it. I think being a Bond Girl adds a sort of aura of mystery and glamour," said Serena Scott Thomas, who starred in 1999's "The World Is Not Enough."

"There's a sexiness but there's also a classiness, I think, to all of the women that are in the films," said Diana Lee Hsu, who appeared in 1989's "License to Kill."

"And I think it's the ultimate dream of every little girl to be a Bond Girl. I guess, to be beautiful and sexy," said Tanya Roberts (1985's "A View to a Kill").

"Back then, if I had known that this would sort of become this all-enveloping creature, I really would have done a better job," said Lana Wood ("Diamonds Are Forever," 1971).

"I was an actress for 27 years, and the only one -- the only one -- that everybody remembers me for is 'Thunderball,'" said Luciana Paluzzi.

"I had this title of being the only James Bond Girl to be turned down by James Bond," said Lynn-Holly Johnson, who starred in "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981.

"I was the first African-American Bond Girl/villain," said Trina Parks, who starred in 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever." "And she really beat up James Bond, who was Sean Connery, and I lived! He tried to drown me but I wasn't having that."

"When I look at it now, I think, 'Oh my God, it's so dated!' My character is, like, ridiculous to today because times have changed so much, you know?" said Maryam D'Abo ("The Living Daylights," 1987). "And now the Bond Women are not Bond Girls -- are Bond Women."

And that brings us to 84-year-old Eunice Gayson, the so-called "First Lady of Bond." She was in the first and second Bond films ("Dr. No" in 1962, and "From Russia With Love," 1963).

"I seem to have been remembered most for 'Sylvia Trench,' which is the least little bit of work I've ever done, you know what I mean?" said Gayson. "I've been starring in the West End for years!"


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