Grace Jones portrayed May Day, bodyguard to and operative for Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) in Roger Moore’s last outing as Bond, A View to A Kill (1985). Dangerous, powerful, and physically intimidating, May Day not only is good in a fight, but makes a terrifying leap from the top of the Eiffel Tower (with parachute) following her assassination of an informant.
Sophie Marceau plays the delectable but deadly in Elektra in Pierce Brosnan’s third Bond film, The World is Not Enough. Like all the femme fatales, Elektra is gorgeous, of course, but Elektra is memorable because she pretends to be vulnerable, thus exploiting 007’s penchant for protecting beautiful women.
I try not to make these lists a commentary on my personal taste in women, but sometimes that’s difficult. I must confess that I find Luciana Paluzzi really irresistible in Thunderball, and, in fact, a far more intriguing villain than Adolfo Celi’s bland Emilio Largo.
There’s not much I can say about a femme-fatale named On-a-top who squeezes her male enemies to death with her killer thighs, and virtually orgasms while conducting a machine gun massacre. Yikes!
Whenever someone claims that Never Say Never Again isn’t a great Bond film, I just instruct them to look at the caliber of the villains in the film, namely Klaus Maria Brandauer as Largo and Barbara Carrera as his mad femme fatale, Fatima Blush.
Both characters are extraordinary well-drawn, and bring the movie to life with a sense of anarchic energy. Barbara Carrera makes Fatima Blush almost schizophrenic in her extreme good cop/bad cop routine with Jack Petachi, and then reveals inordinate, mad delight when Largo gives her the order to kill Bond.