Rule 13: Own the part
Britt Ekland: I have read that Monica Bellucci said she will not be called a Bond girl and at 51, I kind of agree with her. She might feel ridiculous being called a Bond girl. But in my mind, and in my experience, there are no Bond women. There are only Bond girls. Because that’s what we were. We were told to wear a bathing suit and look good. Adore the villain or, in my case, adore Bond. If we were to go back and deal with everything that was politically incorrect, we’d have no movie history, and that would be very, very sad.
Virginia Hey: I don’t think it exploited women at all, I think it just went along with the times, and in the ‘60s and ‘70s, women were perceived as sensual, healthy, beautiful, and sexual. Whereas now, in 2015, they’re sort of perceived as being more resourceful and more independent, almost more businesslike. More manlike. Which is a shame, actually. I wish that more women would be perceived as more sensual again, because women have a certain sexiness that’s so different from men’s.
Kristina Wayborn: Back in ‘60s, women were more eye candy. But I also think Bond films always have that strong woman. Even Ursula [Andress] in Dr. No, she was drop dead gorgeous, but she had an inner core, and inner strength. And in the movies that have followed, the women have become stronger and stronger. That’s a very good thing. I think we’ll see that in Spectre as well. I think we’ll see a lot more of Bond’s emotional side, as we did in Skyfall.
Epilogue: The next 007?
Serena Scott Thomas: How about a female James Bond? Jane Bond! That would be fun.
Gloria Hendry: I would definitely like to see them venture out, to continue to move forward, and grow more with the population. I think they know that. And hopefully, they are set on doing that for the next Bond. It would be wonderful to see someone in my hue. I would love to see that happen today.
THRILLIST: Have you heard the rumors about Idris Elba?
Hendry: Oh my God, are you kidding me? That would be incredible! Oh he’s so gorgeous. I would love it. Oh my God, are they thinking about him? Well, we are going to have prejudice. Because we always do, even in this modern time. But that would be fantastic.
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Kristin Hunt is a staff writer for Thrillist, and might riot -- in a bad way -- if Damian Lewis is the next Bond. Follow her to Idris Elba support groups at @kristin_hunt.