This ’70s show set the stage for a sneaky James Bond reunion


Like most Bond Girls, Midge was a character primarily defined by her looks. Speaking to the LA Times in 2000, producer Mark Brazill said of Roberts: “She was so perfect [for the role] … It was kinda true too. The girl Donna was based on, her mother was absolutely gorgeous.” The show certainly didn’t elude her beauty, but played her most overtly for comedy, not titillation. Donna’s male friends, including including her boyfriend Eric Forman (Topher Grace), who is rather openly coveted by Midge. Despite this, Midge was faithful to her husband Bob (Don Stark) – until their divorce in Season 3, anyway.

In the sixteenth episode of Season 2, “The First Time”, Midge and Bob stage a renewal of wedding vows. Eric’s mother, Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp), feels alienated because Midge doesn’t ask her to be a bridesmaid. Instead, these roles are filled with unique characters played by other Bond Girls. Holly (Kristina Wayborn, Magda in “Octopussy”), Barbara (played by Barbara Carrera, Fatima Blush in “Never Say Never Again”), then the bridesmaid (Maud Adams, who was both Andrea Anders in “The Man With The Golden Gun”, then the titular character in “Octopussy”).

Apart from Carrera, all of these actresses were Bond Girls for Roger Moore (“Never Say Never Again” is an off-brand remake of “Thunderball” starring Sean Connery). Moore was Bond throughout the 70s, although only one of those films was actually released in the 70s. Indeed, Roberts’ “A View To Kill” was released in 1985 and was Moore’s send off in the role. Between Roberts and Grace Jones (as the villainous May Day), it was the Bond Girls who were the real stars of this one.


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