3. Sarah Shahi
Who? Spanish-Iranian actress/model. Ex-NFL cheerleader.
Why? She has the two key Bond girl assets - mystery and the kind of heady exoticism that checks even Bond's swagger.
On US cop show Life, Shahi plays a recovering alcoholic, so she can happily tackle the hidden-depths/inner-demon thing ("I like the fact that she has a dark side").
And she'd become the instant favourite if it were revealed that Bond 23 was to be based on Sebastian Faulks' Middle East-set novel Devil May Care...