"Bond Girls' are about so much more than bikinis.
Stephanie Sigman will join Daniel Craig in the upcoming James Bond film, "Spectre". She joins a long list of fascinating actresses to face off against -- or cuddle up to -- 007.
Sigman's big break reportedly came after a failure: A film director saw her at an audition for a shampoo commercial. She didn't get that gig, but the director went on to cast her in her breakout role -- the 2011 Mexican film "Miss Bala" -- instead.
Sigman will be the first Mexican-born Bond girl to hit the big screen.
Eva Green collects skulls
Eva Green, also known as Vesper Lynd in 2006’s "Casino Royale"(starring Daniel Craig), has called herself “basically an old lady.”
She collects preserved skulls and insects as a hobby.
Jill St. John graduated college at 14
Before she shone as Tiffany Case in "Diamonds are Forever" (with Sean Connery in 1971), Jill St. John sought a college education … at age 15.
Halle Berry named after a store
Long before she nabbed the role of Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson in 2002’s "Die Another Day", Halle Berry was just a little Ohio girl whose parents had named her after a Cleveland department store.
Maud Adams - "Bond girl" x 3
The Swedish actress Maud Adams appeared in "The Man With the Golden Gun"(1974), "Octopussy" (above, with Roger Moore, 1983) and "A View to a Kill" (1985).
Famke Janssen rejected "Star Trek"
In 1993, Dutch model Famke Janssen was offered the role of Jadzia Dax in the Star Trek series "Deep Space Nine".
She was hoping for film roles instead, and the gamble paid off in 1995, when she appeared as Xenia Onatopp in "Goldeneye".
Diana Rigg speaks Hindi
Diana Rigg, who played Tracy di Vicenzo in "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service" (1969) spent the first seven years of her life in India.
She's photographed here with co-star George Lazenby.
Shirley Eaton left it all behind
Shirley Eaton created an international stir as the metallic-painted murder victim Jill Masterson in "Goldfinger".
At age of 32, just five years after breaking into Hollywood in the 1969 film, Eaton quit the business to raise a family.
Olga Kurylenko was a breadwinner at 16
The co-star of 2008’s "Quantum of Solace" started off as a model.
At 16, she moved to Paris and used the modeling money to support her mom back in Ukraine.
Jane Seymour named after a queen
Jane Seymour, born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, named herself after Henry VIII’s third wife.
She’d eventually play Solitaire in 1973’s "Live and Let Die"(with Roger Moore).
Michelle Yeoh rejected her stage name
In early movies, studio executives credited Michelle Yeoh as Michelle Khan, which they thought would be more marketable.
Yeoh later went back to her real name before appearing with Pierce Brosnan in 1997’s "Tomorrow Never Dies".
Grace Jones' preacher family
Model/actress/singer Grace Jones grew up in Jamaica. Her stepfather, father and brother were all bishops in Jamaica’s Pentecostal church.
Ursula Andress co-created this bikini
This iconic look from 1962’s "Dr. No" owes a double debt to Ursula Andress.
The actress is not only in the bikini; she helped design and sew it, too.
Berenice Marlohe can see the future
A strong believer in fate, French actress Berenice Marlohe said she had a dream she would work with Javier Bardem.
Six months later, she auditioned for, and got, a role in "Skyfall" … with Bardem.
Carey Lowell practices Buddhism
Like her estranged husband, Richard Gere, actress Carey Lowell supports the preservation of Tibetan culture and considers herself a Tibetan Buddhist.
She played Pam Bouvier in 1989’s License to Kill.
Daniela Bianchi lip-synced
The Italian Daniela Bianchi played a Soviet agent in "From Russia With Love"(with Sean Connery in 1963).
Her accent was so heavy that another actress, Barbara Jefford, was dubbed in.
Barbara Bach hates James Bond
The co-star of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (with Roger Moore in 1997) has called James Bond “a chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets.”