The Greatest
James Bond Girls

Goldfinger (1964)

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Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
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Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)

Goldfinger (1964)
d. Guy Hamilton

Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton)

Bond first met pretty Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), the blonde assistant/escort of the film's main villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), when he entered the cheater's hotel room. He found Jill reclining on the balcony using binoculars (and an earpiece) to report on the cards of Auric's opponent. He cautioned her: "You're much too nice to be mixed up in anything like this."

Bond threatened (or blackmailed) cheater Auric to lose $15K or he would call the local Miami police, and Goldfinger in rage broke his pencil in two. The free-spirited Jill then encouraged Bond: "I'm beginning to like you, Mr. Bond...More than anyone I've met in a long time, James." He invited her to "the best place in town" for dinner - and then Bond romanced-seduced Jill on the balcony.

He later bedded down with her in his hotel suite with room-service catering for an order of Dom Perignon '53 champagne. The couple were interrupted when he received a call from CIA agent Felix Leiter (Cec Linder) for dinner, and Bond declined: "Something big's come up," agreeing to a 9 am breakfast instead. As Bond laid on top of Jill and commented: "It's lost its chill," he was referring to a champagne bottle on ice near the bed.

Catered Dinner in Bed with Champagne

When he went to the refrigerator to get another freshly-cooled bottle of "passion juice," he was knocked out from behind by Auric's henchman Oddjob (Harold Sakata).

When he revived, he staggered into the bedroom, finding Jill as an unfortunate victim of skin suffocation by gold paint as retaliation for her betrayal. She was sprawled dead on the bed - a victim of Goldfinger's revenge.

He reported the murder to Leiter: "She's covered in paint. Gold paint."

Bond's First Comment to Jill Masterson: "You're much too nice..."

She Was Using Binoculars to Help Auric Cheat at Cards

Romance on the Balcony

Jill's Ultimate Demise

Goldfinger (1964)

Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet)

Tilly (Tania Mallet) was the ill-fated sister of Jill Masterson, who went on a killing spree to avenge her sibling's death.

Bond first met the pretty female in Switzerland when she impatiently drove past him in a convertible on a winding mountain road. He cautioned himself, "Discipline, 007." Parked on a hairpin turn above him, she fired a sniper rifle at her target below, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), missing him due to her poor marksmanship, and almost struck Bond in the foreground.

After a cat-mouse driving challenge against Tilly, who was driving behind him, Bond used a hubcap-wheel device from his Aston-Martin DB5 to shred her tires, although he claimed: "You don't look like the sort of girl who should be ditched."

As he drove her to a nearby garage, she suspiciously said her name was Tilly Soames (her luggage, obviously a rifle case, was initialed TM), to which Bond queried: "Here for the hunting season?" She claimed that her wooden case contained her ice skates. She refused any further help, saying she could take care of herself when he dropped her off.

Shortly later during the night, as Bond was checking out the buildings of Auric Enterprises, he spotted a dark-hooded figure in the woods. He foiled the sniper's fire to kill Goldfinger a second time, but an alarm wire was tripped. The shooter was Tilly again (T.M. = Tilly Masterson) who admitted vengefully: "I want him dead. He killed my sister" - they both fled to Bond's Aston Martin DB5.

Goldfinger's Korean thugs gave chase after them. To elude them, Bond activated the car's gadgets: the smoke screen caused the first car to crash into a tree. The car's deployed oil slick forced the second of three cars (with four occupants) off a cliff where it crashed and burned. Bond stopped his car with the deflective rear armor plate up, and shot one of the henchmen dead.

Unfortunately, as Tilly ran for cover in the woods, she was hit in the neck by henchman Oddjob's (Harold Sakata) lethal-rimmed bowler hat and instantly killed.

Goldfinger (1964)

Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)

With the most memorable (and improbable) Bond girl name in the history of the film series. Honor Blackman was one of the oldest Bond girls in the franchise's history, at 37 years of age.

Pussy Galore introduced herself to a tranquilized Bond (Connery) who awakened on Goldfinger's jet on its way from Europe to Baltimore enroute to Kentucky - she purred above him as his vision came into focus: "My name is Pussy Galore." She was the personal pilot and blonde henchwoman for villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe). Bond replied: "I must be dreaming." She told him to quit being so forward, hinting at her lesbian-leanings: "You can turn off the charm. I'm immune."

Later, as she held a gun on Bond, she threatened: "Do you want to play it easy or the hard way?"

She was the leader of a five-person team of all-female pilots, Pussy Galore's Flying Circus, and when she bragged about training the other flyers, Bond complimented: "You're a woman of many parts, Pussy!"

Her plan with Goldfinger was to fly her fleet of planes to spray deadly, invisible Delta-9 nerve gas (in gas canisters) over Fort Knox to induce unconsciousness for 24 hours. Goldfinger's ultimate plan was to destabilize the western economy and aid Red Chinese agents. Goldfinger promised Pussy that she would become a very wealthy woman, and she planned to retire on a small island in the Bahamas.

When Goldfinger instructed her to make Bond "happy," she led him on a tour of Goldfinger's Kentucky stud farm compound, and using her judo expert skills, wrestled with Bond in the hay in one of the horse stables - it presumably convinced her of the appeal of heterosexuality as he lowered himself down on her and kissed her.

By film's end, she had saved Bond's life and helped foil Goldfinger's plot by notifying Washington and switching the gas canisters. Bond surmised: "I must have appealed to her maternal instincts." After Bond killed Goldfinger in a hijacked plane piloted by Pussy, and she couldn't bring the plane under control, they parachuted together to safety before it crashed due to rapid decompression.

Bond told her that she shouldn't signal for help from a search helicopter as he pulled her onto the ground: "Oh no, you don't! This is no time to be rescued" - he covered the two of them with the parachute - for privacy's sake, for more kisses.

Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Spectre (2015) | No Time to Die (2021) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)

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