One of the big blockbusters of the summer is Transformers, and the series doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Will the series have the same staying power as The James Bond series, and will the female stars become as infamous as the Bond women?
Over the years, James Bond has been synonymous with a cast of beautiful women. Many are smart, villainous and always sexy. Some of the famous Bond girls either landed the role for the coveted Bond position for their up-and-coming status in Hollywood. Some of the stand out Bond women will forever be etched in our minds for their individual style and beauty that they brought to the Bond franchise.
Ursula Andress in Dr. No – Andress played the character Honey Ryder in the 1962 Bond movie Dr. No, and caused a jaw-dropping moment when she stepped out of the sea in the Caribbean in a sexy white bikini with a larger than life hunting knife strapped to her waist. Nothing says badass than a knife-wielding woman in a bikini. Honey Ryder set the Bond woman persona for the future; kick ass, sexy, smart and confident.
Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die – The 1973 Bond movie opened many doors for Seymour. The young actress played Solitaire, a psychic card reader who works for the villain, Dr. Kananga, a heroin baron. Solitaire was held hostage by the evil Dr. Kananga, forbidden to have contact with desirable men because she was at risk of losing her psychic powers if she were ever to lose her virginity. A tough task when James Bond is in the picture. Needless to say, Solitaire indeed lost her powers and one of Dr. Kananga’s targets.
Grace Jones in A View To a Kill – The model turned singer, turned actress had a unique look and style which was the perfect remedy for a Bond girl. Jones played May Day an assassin in the 1985 film. May Day succumbs to her death after switching sides and joins Bond’s team. She meets her death while trying to defuse a bomb.
Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies – Hatcher plays Paris Carver in the 1997 movie, an ex-lover of Bond’s. Paris Carver’s husband is an accused terrorist and Bond is sent to seduce Paris into revealing information. Paris isn’t falling for it and refuses to help. After her husband betrays her, she tells Bond everything. Paris is left for dead after her husband sends one of his henchmen to kill her that same evening.
Halle Berry in Die Another Day – Halle played Jinx in the Bond series twentieth-film and fortieth anniversary of the series. In honor, the anniversary Halle paid homage to the Honey Ryder character and emerged from the ocean in a bikini with a hunting knife on her side.
The question is will the Transformers series continue in similar footsteps as the Bond series and give its audience a long line of amazing female characters in each film? It seems to be the way the franchise is headed. The premise may be different, but the idea is similar. Some of the Bond girls have made repeat appearances just like Megan Fox, in the first two films, but it appears the female roles may be changing in every movie now. Are the women of the Transformer series as memorable as the Bond girls? Here’s a look at some of the Transformer women we’ve met so far.
Megan Fox in Transformers 2007 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 – Megan appeared in the first two Transformers movies as Mikaela Banes, a genius mechanic, skills learned from her car thief father and love interest to the hero Sam Witwicky. Transformers was Fox’s breakout role. She has since become a Hollywood sex symbol appearing in People Magazine as 2012’s Most Beautiful at Any Age, and Men’s Health voted her, 100 Hottest Women of All-Time.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Whiteley, girlfriend to Director Michael Bay in 2011 and Victoria Secret Model played Carly Spencer, new love interest to Sam Witwicky. Spencer works at the British embassy as a diplomatic aide. In 2011 Whiteley won the Female Star of Tomorrow award at the CinemaCon Awards.
Nicole Peltz in Transformers: Age of Extinction – This new breakout star is the latest leading lady in the Transformers series. The 2014 film has a whole new cast and Peltz plays Tessa Yeager, the daughter of a mechanic played by Mark Wahlberg. Peltz can also be found on the small screen as Bradley Martin on A&E’s Bates Motel.
It is yet to be determined if Transformers will go the same route as the Bond series bringing us a new female character in every film, but the future looks bright for the latest up-and-coming starlets who are a perfect fit for a summer blockbuster. Looks, brains, and a bit of badassery seems to be the requirements for both the Transformers and Bond movie formula’s, and if you have your own knife belt or mechanics tool belt, you’ll be moved to the top of the casting call list.
Opinion by Christina Thompson