When it comes to Bond girl style, it hardly ever gets much more glamorous than being a 70’s Bond girl. One of the most memorable dresses in Bond girl history was Barbara Bach’s dark navy gown (I loved the fact that it wasn’t black) in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977 – slit up both legs and lined along the straps and deep V neckline with Swarovski crystals. The Austrian jeweller has worked with costume designers (Rosemary Burrows was the wardrobe supervisor on this one) on the James Bond franchise ever since this film.
A new Bond film will be released at the end of this year and although some of the films in the series are far from good, they still hold a certain fascination over me. So we’ve been having a Bond movies marathon lately (there are still a couple I haven’t seen at all yet) and, so far, one of the few women characters’ wardrobes worth talking about, besides Eva Green’s in Casino Royale (my favourite Bond girl), is Barbara Bach’s. Barbara, as KGB agent Anya Amasova, marked the beginning of a new type of Bond girl. Unlike the helpless side-kicks Bond is usually associated with, Amasova is a real match for 007. And the wardrobe shows it.
A deep cut neckline and a bareback in the purest 70’s, Halston style. It works.
Part of the story takes place in the desert, in Egypt, so utility touched these couple of outfits, in beige and off-whites, an aspect that’s very relevant in every woman’s wardrobe of today. Travel is in the genes of Bond films and Barbara takes on the action, to exotic locations, in the chicest way.
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photos: 1-publicity still | MGM / the rest of the images-movie stills captured by me from the blu-ray available in this James Bond Collection