Friday, February 15, 2008

Octopussy, Holly Goodhead, and Other Bond Babes

Ever since the James Bond movies began in the early 1960s, they've used sexual innuendo for comic relief and to indicate the sexual tension between 007 and his many female colleagues, competitors, and conquests. This is apparent in some of the names chose for Bond's female colleagues and adversaries, going all the way back to the boldly named Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman) in Goldfinger... pretty bold for 1964.

It was less shocking by the 1970s and 1980s, when movies such as Octopussy (1983) came out (featuring a character of the same name) and Moonraker (1979), which featured Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead.

Incidentally, Entertainment Weekly did a survey late last year of the best and worst Bond girls (judging their performances, not their names). The worst? Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough. The best? That would be Ursula Andress, the sexy blonde from the very first Bond movie, Dr. No.

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