Fig. 1. The November 1965 issue cover of Playboy Magazine.

The “Bond girl” has become a cultural mainstay thanks to the widespread popularity of the Bond film adaptations, whose female performers often featured in the pages of men’s magazines like Playboy, Esquire, and Mayfair. What real life influences shaped Fleming’s notion of the ideal woman? What does that ideal woman look like?

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