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For your eyes only: Swedish Bond girls

Published: 26 Oct 2012 15:42 GMT+02:00

Ever since Swiss beauty Ursula Andress emerged from the water in her famous white bikini in "Dr. No", 1962, the eye-catching Bond girls have become almost as iconic as the popular spy film franchise itself.

While inevitably sexy, Bond girls actually portray a range of characters when sharing the screen with the famed British agent.

Some play the pliant and devoted ally, ready to assist 007 as he battles with the villain du jour.

Other Bond girls act as evil seductive temptresses bent on Bond's demise.

And every so often, it seems the Bond girls are simply there for looks and laughs (who could forget "Holly Goodhead" and "Pussy Galore").

But regardless of the film, Bond girls have certainly left their mark with a legacy all their own.

Take for example, "Octopussy", in which Swede Maud Adams played the title role, in an uplifting performance which transformed Adams into a fan favourite.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LOCAL'S GALLERY OF SWEDISH BOND GIRLS

Since the first Bond film was released 50 years ago, the women who have played Bond girls have been from all over the world, from Japan to Jamaica, France to the Philippines.

But did you know that Bond has a penchant for Swedes, with six Swedish actresses playing a Bond girl at some point in their careers.

While the Bond girls in "Skyfall", the 23rd Bond film to date, are British and French, the movie nevertheless features Swedish talent of another kind.

For starters, Swedish actor Ola Rapace plays Patrice, who engages in some high-drama hand-to-hand combat with Bond, currently played by Brit Daniel Craig.

And another Swedish actor, Jens Hultén, also played a villain in "Skyfall" who exchanged blows with 007.

But which Bond film had two Swedish actresses?

And which Swede is the only actress to have played a Bond girl twice?

And does a woman with a half-Swedish father still count as a Swedish Bond girl?

All the answers to these questions and more in our gallery of Bond Girls from Sweden.

Oliver Gee

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Your comments about this article

16:28 October 26, 2012 by rusinka25
To clarify Izabella Scorupco is purely Polish. She has not even a single drop of swedish blood.
17:33 October 26, 2012 by Rishonim
@rusinka25. Yep and if she wasnt a celebrity they would they would even call her invandrare and treat her like a Polish piga
09:06 October 27, 2012 by rise
What to call her then - "nysvensk" like all the other? According to wiki she was born in Poland 1970 but came to Sweden already 1978.
10:17 November 2, 2012 by EP
This article is really stretching it, there is in effect 2 Swedish Bond girls, one grew up here but isn't Swedish at all, and another has some Swedish blood. The slideshow repeats a few of them and includes a guy. Nice. Can't say the Swedish birds aged very well ... too much sun perhaps. Scorupco is still quite hot. Slow news day I guess
18:13 November 5, 2012 by Delano
@EP. In effect 2? My counting is horrendous at times, but I noted the following women:

Britt Ekland

Maud Adams (born Maud Solveig Christina Wikström in Luleå)

Kristina Wayborn (Miss Sweden)

Mary Stavin (Miss Sweden/Miss World)

PS: Looks like Scorupco needs a few more meals by the looks of her photo. But I guess that's what passes as hot in some Worlds.
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