Bond girls don't have as much fun due to PC, Britt Ekland says

Bond girls don’t have as much fun these days because of political correctness, bikini-clad Mary Goodnight actress Britt Ekland says

Britt Ekland has said Bond girls do not have as much fun in the modern world of political correctness.

But the 80-year-old actress, who played Mary Goodnight opposite Sir Roger Moore in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, said actresses are now in a ‘better position’ as a result of the #MeToo movement and the introduction of intimacy coaches on set.

‘There are no more Bond girls, they are Bond women today,’ she said. ‘They have it with the political correctness and the #MeToo, they have a much better time than we had.

‘But I don’t think that the end product is as fun as ours were, because we were pretty and we had good bodies and we didn’t try to look sexy, we just were.

Britt Ekland, 80, has said Bond girls do not have as much fun in the modern world of political correctness

‘Today, everything is so, ‘Don’t do that because that will upset that side’. We didn’t have any of that.

‘We just went out there, we were always in a bikini and all these people are fully dressed, very typical, but it was a job and we did it.

‘So, I think today the Bond women have it – from a political correctness point of view – in a much better position. But I think we had more fun.’

Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore in 1964’s Goldfinger, has previously said she ‘hates’ being referred to as a ‘Bond girl’.

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Monica Bellucci referred to her character in 2015’s Spectre as a ‘Bond woman’ – a term which Lea Seydoux, who plays Madeleine Swann in the 007 films, has said should be adopted.

Ms Ekland appeared in Get Carter alongside Sir Michael Caine and in Christopher Lee’s film The Wicker Man before landing a role in the Bond film.

She recalled how filmmaker Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli hired her after seeing her breasts in The Wicker Man.

‘He invited the cast and the crew and he wanted me to eat a lot because he felt that I was a little bit too thin,’ she said.

‘Of course, he had seen The Wicker Man and he’d say, ‘Oh, nice boobies, we’ll take her’, and then I arrive on set with the baby and no boobies so he said, ‘You’ve got to eat more’.’

The actress gave birth to son Nicolai with record producer Lou Adler in June 1973.

Ms Ekland said it was ‘tough’ working in the film industry as a woman in the early 1970s, but she feels the industry may now be ‘over regulated’.

The Man With The Golden Gun (James Bond) – Pictured are Roger Moore and Britt Ekland

‘It was very tough,’ she said. ‘This was the early ’70s and we didn’t have the kind of facilities that we have today, catering and people taking care of you.

‘We certainly didn’t have what they have today, at least in America, an intimacy coach… We had nothing, we just had to make do and it was not filmed in a studio, it was filmed in actual rooms and buildings. There were no regulations in those days.

‘That’s why the #MeToo movement took everyone by such a surprise… this has been going on since a long time.’

She added: ‘Maybe today it’s over regulated, I don’t know because I haven’t done a movie for a long time. But it was tough.’

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