Well, it could be accurate, but it depends on how you define “Bond girl” and “man.” If you identify “Bond girl” as an eye candy female and a “man” as a person who was born with a penis, then yes – one of the Bond girls, or the women shown in a Bond movie and not the main character, was born as a man.
Shocking!!! But yes it is true, and It all depends on how you define “man”? If it is someone born with an XY chromosome pattern, rather than XX, like a typical woman, then no.
Who was she?
Model and actress Caroline Cossey was born with Klinefelter Syndrome, which means she was born with XXY chromosome pattern, which had 47 chromosomes instead of 46. It is a condition that occurs in about 1 in every 500-1000 male births, thus making it one of the most common chromosome abnormalities known to man. The most common side effects of this are low testosterone levels compares to most males, less muscle mass, more full hips, generally infertile possible breasts, less facial and body hair, among other things.
While Cossey looked feminine in looks, personality, and personal preferences, she was born with a male organ, which often resulted in her getting bullied at school. People who didn’t know her mistook her for a girl. It was because of this that during her late teens, she dropped out of school and started working a few odd jobs where she became friends with a trans-sexual. She was 17 years old when she started hormone therapy. It was later when she began working as a showgirl and then after breast surgery, came forward as a topless dancer.
She started modeling before her reassignment surgery and continued under the name “Tula,” which helped her gain a lot of success and helped her appear in numerous magazines, some of which were adult where she posed topless. It was in the year 1981 when she appeared in an edition of Playboy. It was later in 1978 when she was going to appear in a game show, but a journalist discovered her “truth” and was going to break the story. It was unfortunate that she had un unwillingly keep her profile low in fear of her “secret” being revealed.
It all ended when she appeared in the Bond film, For Your Eyes Only in the year 1981. It was when the story broke the media, and she was all over the front page of the news. She was devastated as she thought her career as a model was over. Still, she eventually decided to continue modeling as well started writing two autobiographies, the second of which, My Story was written in 1992.
Cossey is today happily married to a Canadian David Finch, and the two recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.