The Bond films usually go for models or hot unknowns to bring to the forefront as the femme fatales and potential love interests for the rakish Mr. Bond, whoever he may be at any given point in time. Halle Berry is an exception to this rule because she was a big star coming in to “Die Another Day,” but most of Bond’s loveliest ladies started off as nobodies before setting off on pretty decent career trajectories.
Case in point: Eva Green, who starred in “Casino Royale” opposite Daniel Craig, is just the latest former Bond girl to land an awesome move role after her stint in a Bond film. In her case it’s as a potential love interest opposite Johnny Depp in the long anticipated big screen adaptation of “Dark Shadows.” According to Deadline, she’ll play a witch named Angelique who has a love/hate relationship with Depp’s Barnabas Collins. We’ll look at some other famous Bond girls-turned-film stars after the jump.
Gemma Arterton, “Quantum of Solace”
Gemma Arterton was more loved for her beauty than her character Strawberry Fields, but having her death be an homage to Jill Masterson’s death in “Goldfinger” certainly solidified her as a memorable Bond girl. In addition to several well-received smaller films like “Tamara Drewe,” Arterton has appeared in big-budget franchises like “Clash of the Titans” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” and will appear in the upcoming “Clash” sequel “Wrath of the Titans” and in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”
Michelle Yeoh, “Tomorrow Never Dies”
She was already a huge star in China, but that badass motorcycle ride with Bond cemented Michelle Yeoh as a beloved and hardcore woman who definitely needed to be in more American films. It might have been coincidence, but Yeoh’s 2000 film “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” went on to be a massive success in the United States. She also has starred in Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” and is doing a voice in “Kung Fu Panda 2.”
Famke Janssen, “Goldeneye”
Three words: thighs of steel. Though that may be her most famous scene, Famke Janssen went on to star as Jean Grey in the three “X-Men” films, which were definitely her largest roles to date. In addition to some other small roles, she had a six year long stint on “Nip/Tuck.”
Jane Seymour, “Live and Let Die”
Jane Seymour plays a psychic who must remain a virgin to preserve her powers. Come on! But she went on to star in “Doctor Quinn: Medicine Woman,” of course, and Seymour is still getting small film and television roles, most recently in “Wedding Crashers” as Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher’s sex-starved mother, and you can always see her advertising her Kay Jewelers line in commercials.
Ursula Andress, “Dr. No”
There has never been a more famous bikini scene in the history of film. Yes, even in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” And after her first stint in a Bond film, Ursula Andress also went on to star as Vesper Lynd in the 1966 version of “Casino Royale.” Then after that she was the jealous Aphrodite in the 1981 version of “Clash of the Titans.” As the original Bond girl, her heiresses have certainly followed in her legacy.
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