Character: 70 Hotness: 88 Impact: 95 Overall Score: 585,200
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Honey Ryder (played by Ursula Andress) coming out of the sea in the first ever James Bond film, Dr.No (1962), has become an iconic moment in cinematic history as well as being the birth of the ‘Bond Girl’. It set the standard for all other Bond Girls to live up to.
On most top ten Bond Girl lists Honey Ryder appears as the number one, but on this definitive list she only appears at No.5 and that is because although she scores very high for hotness and the highest for impact, she does not score well on character.
Honey, some 59 minutes into the film, infamously meets James Bond on the beach of Dr.No’s island (Crab Key) where she is looking to pick up some valuable sea shells.
James Bond: Don’t worry. I’m not supposed to be here either.
Honey Ryder: Are you looking for shells too?
James Bond: No, I’m just looking.
When they come under attack, she is forced to stay with Bond as they try to escape and then are both captured. It is revealed that Honey has lived a rather simple life without any education, except for learning Encyclopedia books, up to the letter T.
As they evade Dr.No’s men, Honey reveals some of her past, how her father was killed on Crab Key and that she was alone and how she dealt with a man who was acting as a guardian who tried to rape her.
Honey Ryder: I put a black widow spider underneath his mosquito net… a female, they’re the worst. It took him a whole week to die.
[Bond looks shocked]
Honey Ryder: Did I do wrong?
James Bond: Well, it wouldn’t do to make a habit of it.
Although Ursula Andress is superb in the role, Honey Ryder is quite a weak character and despite her showing she has some guts, there is no real depth to her and she is remembered for her famous white bikini walking out of the sea rather than anything else.
However, let’s not forget that white bikini (which incidentally was sold by Andress in a 2001 auction for £40,000) and Honey Ryder wearing it. She is most definitely a beautiful and sexy lady who grabs your attention for not wearing too much. The scene where she is forced to take a shower after being exposed to radiation certainly peaks ones interest, but sorry to report Ursula was not actually naked and was wearing flesh-coloured underwear.
It’s nearly 50 years and a further 21 official Bond films since Honey Ryder first graced the screen, but her impact has been so strong she is still well remembered and known today, even by those born two generations after the film was released. She was the original Bond girl and whatever silly way someone decides to assess the best Bond girls, she will always be at the very top somewhere.
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