Hallelujah — a new Bond film has been greenlit, according to MGM and EON Productions.
The unnamed 23rd installment of the 007 adventures was delayed for some time because of the studio’s financial troubles, but thankfully a deal was struck to save it and the movie is due for release in the fall of 2012.
While we’re sure of some cast members: Daniel Craig to return as Bond … James Bond, Judi Dench as Bond’s boss and Michael Sheen as the villain, we are not certain who will play the most important role of all — the next Bond girl.
We know you might be under the misapprehension that James Bond is the most important character in the series, but who is James Bond without a Bond girl? It may sound silly, but it’s true. While her sex appeal is paramount, the girl in question serves to bewitch and beguile the hero, holding the power to give him pain or pleasure at any moment.
Whether allies, victims, villains, enemies or merely eye candy, they have a habit of stealing the show while looking smashing. Here is a look back at our favorite Bond girls, and a prediction for who will play the coveted role in 2012: