In 1962, United Artists distributed the movie Dr No, the first film featuring Ian Fleming's stylish secret agent, James Bond. However, it was not so much the performance of Sean Connery as 007 in the movie that gave birth to an iconic image, but instead the scene where Swiss beauty Ursula Andress rose out of the Caribbean Sea wearing a stunning white bikini. Andress unintentionally sowed the first seed for two recurring Bond themes: The influence Bond films would now have over the latest fashions, and the secret agent's unparalleled success with some of the world's most beautiful women.
Over the course of the next fifty years, each successive Bond girl has raised the bar when it came to sexiness. Using the looks inspired by such memorable Bond girls as Pussy Galore, Holly Goodhead and Xenia Onatopp (innuendo-laden names aside), we've come up with some items and suggestions that'll see your own wardrobe transformed into one that's sure to get 007's eyebrow twitching.
Bright colours are the tone to go for during the day, such as sumptuous reds, lighter blues, greens and cream. For accessory items, such as a coat, choose black. To become your own Bond temptress, wear form-fitting dresses or A-line shapes that flare out. Frocks combined with a wrap are an excellent choice as they compliment almost all body shapes. If you'd prefer to stay away from dresses or skirts, try a light-grey or off-white sleek pant suit.
Night time is the right time for a Bond girl to really impress. James of course likes to spend his evenings in casinos (if you feel like some card-table action, head over to Full Tilt Poker's site for details of some forthcoming live events), which are places associated with looking good. For your evening wear, try a simple yet stylish black gown. If you've the confidence to pull such a look off, you'll spend all night both looking and feeling on top of the world.
As any fashion-lover knows, it's the shoes that really make any ensemble. Most Bond girls double as deadly assassins, so you'll want to show you're quite capable of holding your own if the going takes a turn for the worse (although in truth, that's not very likely to happen). You can settle for the easy pick of a pair of Stilettos, or decide upon a more exciting heel. Hidden knives in the toes should be avoided though.
To complete your look, you're going to need to accessorize. The rule to bringing your Bond look together is to keep things simple. Select one piece that fits in well yet doesn't detract from the rest of your look, be it a pair of tear-drop earrings, a necklace or a small clutch bag.
Finally, hair and make up. Just follow the latest Bond-based trends. Choose a subtle smokey or bronze eye-shadow and red or neutral lipstick. Arrange your hair in either a French twist or just soft curls.
As you can see, becoming a Bond girl takes just a little effort. Follow these tips and people will think you've stepped straight out of the latest Bond movie!
*collaborative post, images via pintrest*