Bond Girl Swap- Which Bond Actresses Could've Played Roles Belonging to Other Women in the Series?

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We've had many discussions here throughout the years pondering what actresses from the film world could play future Bond girls, but I was curious about which actresses from the Bond girl catalogue people thought could've played a Bond girl role just as effectively or even better than another in their own era or outside of it.

This can span clear from the 60s to now, so if you think that Ursula Andress would've been a great modern day Bond girl, speak up and put your argument forth. I have some actresses in my head that I could see playing Bond girls from eras both before and after them, but I'm curious what others think to kick off discussions.

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  • edited July 2017 Posts: 611
    I can easily imagine Jill St. John as either Stacey in AVTAK or Paris in TND. She would've had more fun with those characters and done a better job than the actresses who were cast -- particularly in AVTAK (it would've been a hoot to see her opposite Moore).

    Monica Bellucci was seriously considered for Paris, but she has a classically beautiful look and screen presence that would have been right at home in one of the '60s films (take your pick).

    Izabella Scorupco and Olga Kurylenko could have easily swapped roles if they were contemporaries. Because her character in QOS is so similar, I could also see Kurylenko as Melina in FYEO.

    It may have been a bit of a stretch, but I think Jane Seymour could have done fine work as Elektra King.

    Eva Green has played femme fatales quite effectively. I might have cast her as either Fiona Volpe or Helga Brandt (from YOLT).

    Martine Beswick has an amazing physical presence and can be very effective in certain roles, but she is criminally underutilized in her two Bond films. I would have selected her to play Octopussy and given her more action scenes. I could also see her as Xenia Onatopp.

    Any number of actresses are more convincing than Denise Richards, but my pick for Christmas Jones would be Naomie Harris.
  • PrinceKamalKhanPrinceKamalKhan Monsoon Palace, Udaipur
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    Escalus5 wrote: »
    I can easily imagine Jill St. John as either Stacey in AVTAK or Paris in TND.

    I've long thought that Teri Hatcher's take on Paris reminded me a lot of Jill St. John's Tiffany. In fact a part of me wishes when they cast Miss Hatcher in TND that they would've made her character Tiffany Case Carver instead. You then get a Bond girl character with a past the viewers are already familiar with and I can imagine that after being dumped by 007, the opportunistic Miss Case would've married the uber-wealthy Elliot Carver to try to retrieve the diamonds from Blofeld's satellite. I could also picture Miss Hatcher as Tiffany in DAF as well.

    Escalus5 wrote: »
    It may have been a bit of a stretch, but I think Jane Seymour could have done fine work as Elektra King.

    That's an excellent choice.

    Some others I've thought of:

    Priscilla Barnes as Stacy Sutton
    Eva Green as Tracy Bond
    Carole Bouquet as Vesper Lynd
    Christina Cole as Miss Moneypenny
    Caterina Murino as Domino Derval
    Caroline Munro as Octopussy Smythe

    And some exact switches:

    Karin Dor as Miranda Frost
    Rosamund Pike as Miss Brandt/SPECTRE No. Eleven

    Talisa Soto as Manuela
    Emily Bolton as Lupe Lamora

    Lana Wood as Christmas Jones
    Denise Richards as Plenty O'Toole


  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    Escalus5 wrote: »
    I can easily imagine Jill St. John as either Stacey in AVTAK or Paris in TND. She would've had more fun with those characters and done a better job than the actresses who were cast -- particularly in AVTAK (it would've been a hoot to see her opposite Moore).

    Monica Bellucci was seriously considered for Paris, but she has a classically beautiful look and screen presence that would have been right at home in one of the '60s films (take your pick).

    Izabella Scorupco and Olga Kurylenko could have easily swapped roles if they were contemporaries. Because her character in QOS is so similar, I could also see Kurylenko as Melina in FYEO.

    It may have been a bit of a stretch, but I think Jane Seymour could have done fine work as Elektra King.

    Eva Green has played femme fatales quite effectively. I might have cast her as either Fiona Volpe or Helga Brandt (from YOLT).

    Martine Beswick has an amazing physical presence and can be very effective in certain roles, but she is criminally underutilized in her two Bond films. I would have selected her to play Octopussy and given her more action scenes. I could also see her as Xenia Onatopp.

    Any number of actresses are more convincing than Denise Richards, but my pick for Christmas Jones would be Naomie Harris.

    Eva Green is actually blond. She could have been novel Tracy.
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    Escalus5 wrote: »
    I can easily imagine Jill St. John as either Stacey in AVTAK or Paris in TND.

    I've long thought that Teri Hatcher's take on Paris reminded me a lot of Jill St. John's Tiffany.

    This is very true. Astute observation.

    Jill St. John as Stacey would've been a fairly radical change. With Tanya Roberts, Stacey comes across as slightly naive and vulnerable, but St. John, with her savvy, lively persona, would've turned her into less of a victim, more of a fighter. If nothing else one can say it would've been entertaining to watch.

    If wanting to preserve Stacey's vulnerable, delicate quality, I think Carole Bouquet could've done a good job.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    Britt Ekland could do Stacey.
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    She wasnt a Bond girl but I can imagine Streep as Amasova , also Im sure her fee wouldve been reasonable (she was a nobody in '76)
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    I'm pretty sure Maud Adams could do Octopussy as well as Andrea Anders.
  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Christina Cole (Casino Royale) as Moneypenny insteed of Naomi Harris or as Madeline in Spectre (she playing a shrink in season 5 of Suits)

    Rosamund Pike as Madeline in Spectre
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Jacqueline Bisset was briefly seen in CR67. If you ask me, she could have been a lovely Domino in TB or a lovely Tiffany in DAF.

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