Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Femme Blade

"I’ve got a thing for babes with blades."

Now that's what I call an understatement. This confession leads off's countdown of the Hottest Women Sword Fighters on Film; he then goes on to prove his expertise on the subject by naming no less the 50 fierce femme fatales who pack some serious cinematic sword.

The list includes such "sword and sandal" sirens as Sybil Danning, Brigitte Nielsen and, naturally, Sandahl Bergman, plus a bevy of Bond babes and even Cate Blanchett's rapier wielding Commie dominatrix in this year's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

When all is said and done, two (or rather three) films dominate this exhaustive listing: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the two volumes of Kill Bill. No surprise there as this trio certainly packs in the swordplay ... not to mention the themes of female empowerment; you go girl.

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