Hollywood often churns out casino-centric movies, the most famous of which are James Bond, Austin Powers and The Hangover series. None of these are complete without their Lady Luck, charming as ever and dressed to kill. Let’s check out some unforgettable outfits worn by your favourite heroines in casino-themed flicks.
Much like the rest of us, Hollywood has been fixated with the glitz and glamour of casinos since they first came around. Over the years, numerous action and comedy films centred around them, have scored exceedingly well at the box office. Instilled with inspiration, we have hand-picked five of the most eye-catching dresses worn by our favourite actresses.
#1 Sharon Stone in Casino (1995)
This all-time classic film was directed by none other than the legendary Martin Scorsese, better known to millennials from The Wolf of Wall Street fame. Starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Casino also featured Sharon Stone, who landed an Oscar nomination for her role as the scheming narcissistic wife of Ace. The story of the two rival mobsters went on to amass a cult following and became as famous for its theme of greed and revenge, as for Ginger McKenna’s gorgeous golden beaded gown designed by John A. Dunn and Rita Ryack.
#2 Eva Green in Casino Royale (2006)
Who can forget the hauntingly beautiful Vesper Lynd in the James Bond thriller centred around extravagant casinos, high stakes poker games and the big baddie Le Chiffre? Eva Green’s memorable black mermaid dress with the plunging sweetheart neckline was designed by Versace and garnered the stunning French actress a loyal fan following. Another unforgettable outfit she sported in the film was the halter neck purple gown designed by Roberto Cavalli especially for Green’s hourglass figure which was heavily featured in the award-winning film’s promotions.
#3 Julia Roberts in Ocean’s Eleven (2004)
Considered to be one of the best casino-centric movies ever made in Hollywood, Ocean’s Eleven surely sent the box office registers ringing. Starring Hollywood bigwigs like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon, the movie is also remembered for the charming Julia Roberts who stood out in the all-male ensemble cast by playing the titular role of Tess Ocean, the ex-wife of Clooney’s character. Her glittering golden dress by Jeffrey Kurland and stylish sweeping updo in the iconic casino scene sent moviegoers’ hearts racing and the movie’s producers laughing all the way to the bank.
#4 Kate Bosworth in 21 (2008)
Based on the real-life story of a group of MIT students who hoodwinked casinos by counting cards in the late 1970s, 21 was one of the most popular movies of 2008. Headed by an MIT professor, played by Kevin Spacey of House of Cards fame, the motley crew outfoxes Las Vegas’ biggest casinos before the authorities catch wind and hunt them down in a heated cat-and-mouse chase. Starring Jim Sturgess and Laurence Fishburne, the successful heist drama also became popular for the beautiful sleeveless LBD worn by actress Kate Bosworth, who essayed the lead role of a Blackjack Pro and love interest to the film’s hero. Doesn’t she look breathtaking?
#5 Lana Wood in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
James Bond movies are well-known for their high-octane car chases, drop dead gorgeous leading ladies and larger than life plotlines. Consistently ranked among the best 007 secret agents ever, Sean Connery floored fans with his dashing good looks and effortless wit and charm back in the day. Perfectly complementing his suave persona was Lana Wood’s gold-digging heroine Plenty O’Toole in the 1971 action flick Diamonds Are Forever. Clad in a risqué purple silk jersey dress, Wood definitely dressed to impress in her iconic Craps table scene, and left James Bond fans besotted by her beauty for years to come.
Casinos are always in fashion and so are dramatic dresses. Needless to say, it’s the best excuse to don your most extravagant outfit and give these beauties a run for their money. Quite literally!