Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The 10 Hottest Bond Girls: Number 3

Number 3 on my list of "The 10 Hottest Bond Girls" comes from the third movie in the James Bond saga. It was also the third performance for Sean Connery as Bond and this Bond Girl had the absolute best name of any Bond Girls, before or after.

Number 3 on my list is:

Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger"

Concerned about censors, the film's producers thought about changing her name to "Kitty Galore", but kept the original name when British newspapers began to refer to Honor Blackman as "Pussy" in the lead up to production. She is the oldest actress to play a Bond Girl. Blackman (age 39) was older than Sean Connery (age 34) when filming Goldfinger.

Pussy is first seen after Bond wakes up in Goldfinger's private jet after previously having been knocked out with a tranquilizer gun. Her stunning blonde-framed visage leaning over him being the first thing he sees as he lies on a couch regaining consciousness. The dialog between them will be the quote at the end of this post.

Pussy further explains simply that the nature of her employment for Goldfinger is that she's "a damn good pilot", intending to negate any notion of any more intimate relationship, and then tells Bond "you can turn off the charm. I'm immune."

In fact Pussy is the leader of Pussy Galore's Flying Circus, a group of professional women aviators in connection with Goldfinger's "Operation: Grand Slam" (played in certain scenes by stuntmen in blonde wigs). Pussy is seen later using judo on Bond after catching him eavesdropping on Goldfinger's plan.

Later on, in what is one the surface one of the most audacious assertion of Bond's machismo of the entire series of films in the genre, Bond not only seduces the previously "immune" Pussy, but seemingly as the result of this encounter alone she promptly turns from her heretofore hard-hearted criminal ways to the side of goodness and righteousness.

Secretly turning against Goldfinger, she switches the deadly nerve gas to be used on Fort Knox with a harmless replacement as well as alerting the Central Intelligence Agency of her employer's scheme.

The film also contains another explanation as well, however: the film character's unwillingness to commit mass murder. The plot, as detailed to Galore and her crew by Goldfinger, had been to put the soldiers at Fort Knox to sleep, and Galore is not told that "Delta-9" gas kills rather than anesthetizes, until Bond tells her this crucial fact.

This seems to have no impact at the time, but Bond "jokes" later that he must have appealed to her "maternal instincts." Her group's plan had in fact been called Operation Rock-A-Bye Baby.

After Bond foils Goldfinger's plan, the now fugitive millionaire forces Pussy to participate in hijacking the President's private plane carrying Bond to the White House. Bond defeats Goldfinger and saves Galore from the crashing plane and they make love in an unknown region under a parachute.

She was independent, tough, and was a good match for Bond. She was also very hot for her age. As far as her name, what can one say.....I do believe it was true.

James Bond: Who are you?
Pussy Galore: My name is Pussy Galore.
James Bond: I must be dreaming.

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