Caroline: Pierce Brosnan’s First Bond Girl
Caroline is a a psychological and psychiatric assessor for the SIS/MI6. She’s a minor character in the 1995 film GoldenEye, whose claim to fame is being the first Bond girl in the Pierce Brosnan era.
Played by British actress, Serena Gordon, her character appears only in the pre-title sequence, but she also makes an appearance in the novelization by John Gardner.
Tasked by the newly appointed M, Caroline journeys to southern France to conduct a psychological assessment on James Bond. She accompanies him in his iconic Aston Martin DB5. As Bond races in a thrilling car chase against Xenia Onatopp, Caroline starts stressing out due to Bond’s reckless driving, eventually demanding that Bond pull over immediately.
Compliantly, Bond stops, revealing a stashed chilled Bollinger and a rose. Demonstrating his charismatic charm, he effortlessly wins Caroline over. Later, in a conference with M, it’s mentioned by the SIS Head that Bond’s psychological evaluation returned an “excellent” result.
Born on 3rd September 1963, Serena Gordon is an English actress, celebrated for her roles in the James Bond film GoldenEye from 1995 and as Acting Superintendent Amanda Prosser in the long-standing British police series, The Bill.
Gordon’s journey in the film industry began in 1987 with her role in Maurice, but her fame surged in 1995 when she played Caroline, an MI6 psychological and psychiatric evaluator, in GoldenEye. Despite her brief appearance, her portrayal as the first Bond girl in the Pierce Brosnan era left an indelible mark on the audience.
Apart from GoldenEye, Gordon has a varied portfolio of films including Diana & Me (1997), For My Baby (1997), Tom’s Midnight Garden (1999), and The House of Mirth (2000).
Her first foray into US television was in 1987, and since then she has featured in numerous TV series, movies, and miniseries across the Atlantic, including Kinsey, The House of Windsor, Other People’s Children, Riders, The Shell Seekers, Tumbledown, The Master Blackmailer, and Aristocrats.
In addition to her screen roles, Gordon has an extensive stage career, which commenced in 1985 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some of her most notable stage roles include Diana Messerschmann in Ring ‘Round the Moon, Diana Rivers in Jane Eyre, and Elizabeth in The Circle.