Married Bond Girls

In the novel Casino Royale, Bond thinks about his preference for dating married women, because they have similar needs to keep things simple and have a life apart from him. In the movie Casino Royale, which, of course, sought to get back to Fleming’s roots, Daniel Craig’s Bond expresses a similar sentiment:

Vesper Lynd: Am I going to have a problem with you, Mr. Bond?
James Bond: No, don’t worry, you’re not my type.
Vesper Lynd: Smart?
James Bond: Single.

True to his word, Bond seduces the married Solange. So I started thinking, have there been other married Bond girls?

Although Bond is often connected to other men’s girlfriends, he has almost always stayed away from wives. Sean Connery’s James Bond was never tied to a married woman, nor was George Lazenby’s (except his own wife, of course). It was up to Roger Moore’s randy Bond to break that ground, and it was merely a kiss. In The Spy Who Loves Me, Bond and Felicca share an embrace while waiting for her husband, Max Kalba. But their lustful kiss is interrupted by an assassination attempt.

The next married woman to find her way to Bond’s arms is Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Before Solange, these are the only married women in Bond film history. So it took the film Bond forty-four years to match the three that the literary Bond was already seeing in the first book!

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2 Responses to “Married Bond Girls”

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the lack of Bond hooking up with married women is a relic of the pre-MPAA “Code,” which really frowned on adultery.

  2. Deborah Lipp Says:

    I think you have a point. People are very uncomfortable with overt adultery. In every case that Bond has been with a married woman, it’s the wife of a bad guy; kind of justifying it there, isn’t it? Like, I’ve only hurt the marriage of someone evil. He wouldn’t sleep with Robinson’s wife or something like that.

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