The Thanksgiving holiday means several things: family, food and films. The best part about the long weekend is the chance to veg out on the couch (or curl up in a blanket) and marathoning your favorite franchise. Several film series have already become mainstays for the holiday weekend. What is turkey day without James Bond thwarting another evil-doer or Harry Potter dueling He Who Must Not Be Named? Those series have become regular marathons while Star Wars and Star Trek have faded in and out of popularity.
James Bond is back, and by all accounts better than ever! After far too many years away, Daniel Craig’s Agent 007 is hitting the big screen once again with Skyfall. The film has been leaving British audiences stunned for several weeks, so we can’t wait to go and check it out for ourselves! There are so many reasons to see a Bond flick: the action packed gun battles, the suspenseful hand to hand combat sequences, the (usually) incredible title songs, the increasingly insane technology, the sweet cars and of course the hunky Mr. Bond himself. But there’s also the legendary Bond Girls squad. Sometimes they love him, sometimes they hate him: sometimes they help him, and other times they try to kill him. But you can be sure that they’re always jaw-droppingly gorgeous! So in honor of Bond-Mania sweeping the world yet again, we’ve assembled a list of our 20 favorite Bond Girls of all time. Enjoy!
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Oh, oh, this is turning into a film we’re definitely not going to miss! As it is, we think that Daniel Craig is the most delicious James Bond ever since Roger Moore (sorry, Sean Connery). It’s a given that we’ll be watching him take on the role in each successive film. But really sealing the deal for us is this news: Javier Bardem is going to play the villain to Bond’s just-about good guy in the next film! The 23rd James Bond flick is rumored to be titled “Skyfall“.
Apparently, it was down to Bardem and Ralph Fiennes to bag the bad guy’s role, but it seems the Spanish actor won out in the end. He was on ABC’s Nightline recently, and revealed, “I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.” We think he’s going to make a terrific villain! Do you?
These Idris Elba James Bond rumors are new to us, but we would love if they were true. We like Daniel Craig, but it’s best to turn in your 007 badge before you wear out your welcome. Remember Pierce Brosnon‘s invisible car in Die Another Day? We rest our case. Sadly, our dreams of The Wire star having a view to a kill must be put on hold, at least for now. “It’s a rumor,” the Luther actor told NPR, though he did admit, “I’d definitely consider it. I’m never shaken or stirred.” Plus he already has the saucy banter down! We are just wasting time and resources if we don’t cast him, people!
Whether he ever plans to team up with Q or not, it sounds like Elba has one major qualm about following in the footsteps of former Bonds like Roger Moore or Timothy Dalton, “I just don’t want to be the black James Bond,” he says. “Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.” Okay, what about just…the best James Bond? The only James Bond that’sÃ‚Â ever co-starred with Beyonce? We’ll just keep working on these until we come up with one you like, Idris.
Unfortunately, David Craig wearing drag for International Women’s Day isn’t an ad for The Best James Bond Film Ever Made. What would that movie be called anyway? The Lady Spy Who Loved Me? The Living Highlights? Live And Let Diane? In reality it’s a promo for EQUALS, a group of organizations supporting International Women’s Day on March 8. “For someone with such a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it’s like to be one,” Judi Dench playing M intones, after reciting a devastating list of inequalities between the sexes. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star proceeds to saunter out in a wrap dress and sensible heels, and let’s be honest. He has an enviable figure.
Wigs off to Craig for being man enough to wear fake bosoms, but we’re not exactly sure where the Bond part comes in. Is it James Bond or Daniel Craig supporting women? What does it mean that he pulls off his hair and becomes a man again at the end? Where did he buy those earrings? “Are we equals?,” Dench asks as Craig walks solemnly away. Whether he’s 007 or just an actor with fantastic calves, we have to say, it’s nice to see that Daniel Craig says yes.