I don't like basing my like for a character purely on attraction, but when your Bond girl is a French model who went on to be the face of Chanel, don't put my feet too close to the fire please.
In the movie, with the short story of For Your Eyes Only built on from the Havelock's murder and expanded to include the mission to recover a balistic missile computer, Melina is worked into the story nicely by realizing that the man who hired her parents assassin is still alive and should be brought to justice too while she assists Bond.
Carole Bouquet is certainly a looker as I pointed out with her face and hair being the biggest attraction physically (her hair is gorgeous). Yes there is more to her with that she gets the points of not being an airhead bimbo and like any good Bond girl being important to the story. Melina does get worked into the movie of the story by having her parents connected to the missing computer and feeling that her mission of revenge isn't quite complete. It's a nice way to keep what could have been a cameo character in the loop. Maybe Melina isn't as integral as other series girls but she isn't hefty baggage that has to be toted around and doesn't carry their own weight.
If I may touch on the book's version of Melina, short of her first name and hair color (Fleming was a big fan of blonde ladies) is pretty close to her movie counterpart, a beautiful woman on a quest for revenge for her parents killers. Another small change would have to be that instead of a bow and arrow, Melina has a crossbow. But thats talking too much about her character in the books and comparing to the movie.
Yes much of why I like her is based on looks and I feel dirty admitting it, but it's true and even if you didn't care for Melina you must admit to there being less important Bond Girls out there, who don't have nice hair.
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