Bond Girls: Where Are They Now?

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James Bond is back in the new movie "Skyfall," which opens today, and he's got not one -- but two -- new Bond girls vying for his affection.

Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe (right) are the latest actresses to step into the iconic role of Bond's love interest. French actress Marlohe handles the more traditional Bond girl role as Sévérine, sharing a scintillating shower scene with Daniel Craig's Bond, while Harris, who hails from England, has more action sequences as Eve, an MI6 field agent.

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Together they join the pantheon of more than 80 Bond girls in 23 films sharing screen time with the world's sexiest spy. With memorable names like Pussy Galore, Holly Goodhead or Christmas Jones, some have been allies, others enemies -- but all are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, whether in an evening gown, bathing suit or nothing at all.

While more than a few newcomers have gotten a major career boost from playing a Bond girl, established stars have also taken on the high-profile role.

Here's a look back at some of the franchise's most famous faces.

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Halle Berry

Halle Berry was probably the most famous actress cast as a Bond girl. Already well-established, Berry won her Oscar for "Monster's Ball" in 2002, while filming "Die Another Day." As Bond girl Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson, Berry recreated the scene made famous by Ursula Andress 40 years earlier in "Dr. No," when she emerges from the water to be greeted by James Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan. Berry wore an unforgettable orange bikini and a knife as an homage to Andress. The actress told Ebony that the scene was "sexy" and "provocative" and "will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar."

Today, Berry, 46, is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses. She has a daughter, Nahla, with model Gabriel Aubry and is engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez.

Ursula Andress

The quintessential Bond girl, Swiss actress Ursula Andress pioneered the role as Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, "Dr. No," in 1962. Her opening appearance in the scene, emerging from the Caribbean sea in a white bikini to greet Sean Connery as Bond, is considered one of the classic moments in cinema and earned her a Golden Globe.

After appearing in films with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, Andress played Vesper Lynd in the 1967 Bond satire "Casino Royale," but she was never able to replicate the fanfare of "Dr. No." When she gave birth to her only child at 44 -- the father is Harry Hamlin -- Andress, now 76, scaled back her career, focusing mainly on European films.

Denise Richards

One of the more memorable Bond girls, Denise Richards played nuclear physicist Christmas Jones opposite Brosnan in the 1999 film "The World Is Not Enough." Though she called the character brainy and athletic, her appearance in tight shorts and low-cut tank tops earned her a ranking as one of the worst Bond girls of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2008. She also earned the 1999 Razzie Award for "Worst Supporting Actress."

Despite poor reviews, Richards went on to star in numerous movies and TV shows, including several opposite Charlie Sheen, whom she married in 2002. They had daughters Lola and Sam before going through a nasty public divorce. Richards, now 41, adopted a third daughter, Eloise Joni, in 2011.

Carey Lowell

Former Ford model Carrie Lowell played Bond girl Pam Bouvier, an ex-CIA agent who assists Bond's Timothy Dalton, in 1989's "Licence to Kill." Minor roles in several films, including "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Leaving Las Vegas" followed. Then, Lowell landed the lead role of assistant district attorney Jamie Ross on the television drama "Law & Order" and its spinoff, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury."

Since marrying Richard Gere in 2002, following the birth of their son, Homer, Lowell, 51, has been mostly absent from the screen. Like her husband she is a devotee of Tibetan Buddhism.

Barbara Bach

Model Barbara Bach played Russian spy Anya Amasova, who is rescued by Roger Moore's James Bond in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me." Though she was critical of the role, telling People in 1983 that Bond is "a chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets," she became an international sex symbol and later starred in "Force 10 from Navarone" and 1981's "Caveman," where she met husband Ringo Starr.

Bach, 65, who hasn't worked as an actress since the mid-80s, sometimes tours with Starr, even playing some of his songs. She has also appeared in Playboy several times, as recently as 2008.

Jane Seymour

Though she had a handful of roles before becoming a Bond girl, Seymour's portrayal of Solitaire in 1973's "Live and Let Die" is really what launched her Hollywood career. She catches the eye of Bond, played by Roger Moore, but her looks aren't her only talent. Solitaire's ability to read tarot cards and see into the future makes her an asset to Bond and his enemy, Dr. Kananga -- that is, until she loses her virginity to Bond and saps her psychic skills in the process.

Last month Seymour revealed some of the real drama that went down on the set of "Live and Let Die." She told Britain's Hello! magazine that while shooting the climax of the movie, in which Bond saves Solitaire from a voodoo sacrifice, Moore actually ended up saving her life.

"We were supposed to descend into a grave together, but it all went horribly wrong," she said. "The gravestone was actually a forklift truck in disguise and as the guy operating it pressed the wrong button, it collapsed. I could have plummeted into the chasm, but Roger instinctively grabbed my hair and pulled me towards him. I fell on top of him, on his private parts, which must have hurt."

Famke Janssen

Despite her good looks, Famke Janssen's Xenia Onatopp was bad news. The Russian Bond girl, former fighter pilot, and type-A sadist relishes crushing her foes with her thighs, as she attempts to do to Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in 1995's "GoldenEye."

In real life, the role turned out well for Janssen. Being a Bond girl exposed the Dutch actress to a wide audience, and she ended up appearing in Woody Allen's "Celebrity" and the "X-Men" series of movies. Last year, Janssen made her directorial debut with the Milla Jovovich and Bill Pullman fronted drama "Bringing Up Bobby."

Kim Basinger

Basinger made a living dabbling in modeling and TV gigs, but playing Domino Petachi opposite Sean Connery's Bond in "Never Say Never Again" made her a star. In the 1983 movie, Bond woos Domino away from her lover by posing as her masseuse at a Monte Carlo spa. (Connery as a masseuse? We'd be wooed too.)

Hollywood came calling after Basinger's Bond girl debut. She earned her first Golden Globe nomination the following year and began working on the legendarily steamy "9 1/2 Weeks" soon after that. Basinger may best be remembered for "L.A. Confidential" now, the movie that scored her an Oscar, but Bond buffs can say they knew her way back when.

Michelle Yeoh

Yeoh's Bond alter-ego, Colonel Wai Lin, wasn't just eye-candy -- she was a huge asset to Pierce Brosnan's Bond in "Tomorrow Never Dies." A Chinese spy with mean martial arts skills, she initially thinks Bond is out to kill her. They develop a mutual trust after getting captured by the insane media mogul Elliot Carver, and after destroying him, they rev up the relationship from business to pleasure.

Bond watchers praised Yeoh for matching wits with the legendary spy. (Entertainment Weekly called her turn as Wai the first Bond girl "you could take seriously.") Yeoh went on to wow critics again in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," scoring a BAFTA nomination for best actress.

Teri Hatcher

Since Wai Lin wouldn't succumb to Bond until the end of "Tomorrow Never Dies," he had to get his kicks somewhere else. Hatcher plays Paris Carver, wife of the evil media mogul Elliot Carver, and, conveniently, Bond's ex-girlfriend. The spy seduces Paris and gets her to spill details that help him break into her husband's newspaper headquarters. When the evil Elliot finds out, he has her killed.

Hatcher's career, on the other hand, went chugging on thanks to Bond. She landed the role of Susan Mayer in "Desperate Housewives," the juicy ABC drama that ended its eight season run earlier this year.

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