When Ursula Andress emerged from the sea, curves glistening, with a dagger strapped to her bikini in 1962's "Dr. No," she made the Bond girl an instant icon.
Always glamorous and sophisticated, yet uniquely susceptible to James Bond's flirtations, the Bond girl over the years has become as compelling as Agent 007 himself -- and not just for the way she fills out a swimsuit.
One thing that hasn't changed? Whatever their role, Bond girls still must be inarguably beautiful, as this photo gallery illustrates.
--THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Honor Blackman is shown in the James Bond 1995 film, "GoldenEye."
Jill St. John is shown in the James Bond 1971 film, "Diamonds Are Forever."
Karin Dor is shown in a scene from the James Bond 1967 film, "You Only Live Twice."