AP PHOTOS: Bond girls show women's progress

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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Who qualifies as a Bond girl has also changed over the years, as the blue-eyed, buxom blonde has given way to more diverse leading ladies, including Michelle Yeoh ("Tomorrow Never Dies") and Halle Berry ("Die Another Day"). Modern Bond girls also present a more formidable challenge to the suave secret agent.

"They reflect some of the shifts in the post-feminist perspective: Women who use their presentation and their wiles to outsmart Bond," Tongson said.

One thing that hasn't changed? Whatever their role, Bond girls still must be inarguably beautiful, as this photo gallery illustrates.

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy .