October 27, 2015 9:21 PM EDT

The Bond Girl is a controversial concept: no matter the era, James Bond always gets to save the day while women are relegated to damsel, eye-candy or—best case scenario—sidekick. (Judi Dench got to play Bond’s boss, and thus was spared the “Bond girl” label.) But the very best Bond girls could hold their own against 007 or even beat him. In honor of the ladies of Spectre—Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Monica Bellucci—here are the most badass bond women of all time.


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