"I think the women in the film have evolved like women have evolved in society," says Bond girl Monica Bellucci
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Bond girls are no longer the vixens in distress that they used to be.

Gone are the days that the women in James Bond’s life simply served as glamorous escapes, only to die a few scenes later. In the latest Bond franchise, Spectre, the three women who stand by the famous spy’s side are flipping the script, and proving that they can be more than just a momentary sexual distraction.

Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci got candid about what sets them apart from past Bond girls, and how the role has evolved throughout the years.

“We’re diverse as women are diverse,” Harris, 39, told Rhapsody Magazine in the United Airlines November edition. “More women than ever will see themselves represented onscreen in a Bond film, and it helps that we all play strong women. Bond films have always kept certain elements – people still cheer when the car appears in the premiere – but they’ve survived because they’ve moved with the times.”

Although each actress plays a strong female role who is in part crucial to the success of 007, they know that they still have a way to go until they are viewed true equals on screen.

“I think the women in the film have evolved like women have evolved in society. And about time too,” said Bellucci, 51. But the actress openly admits that “We’re still struggling with equality.”

Bellucci’s role marks the fist woman older than Bond to seduce him, something the actress is proud of.

“I loved the concept of Bond having an affair with an older woman. It seemed quite revolutionary.”

But while they women know they still have a ways to go until they are fighting alongside Bond or getting him to settle down with a family, they still agree that getting the change to play the role of a Bond girl is an opportunity unlike any other.

“[It’s] my best experience in a film,” said Seydoux, 30. “You’re with the cr me de la cr me – everything is the best – and that actually makes it easier.”

And Harris agrees, “Not many films are made like Bond films.”