Beyond the pleasure of 007's company, it's hard out there for a Bond girl.

Beyond the pleasure of 007's company, it's hard out there for a Bond girl.

In both the Ian Fleming books and the long-running movie franchise, the women who align with James Bond can be little more than arm dressing with laughably suggestive names. Often they end up as targets for his enemies. And in real life, being cast in a Bond film usually doesn't do much for an actress's career.

Physician and artist Robert Falcone decided it was time for some of these ladies to get the respect they're due.

"I was watching a Bond [movie] marathon, which I'm wont to do, and I just thought, all these women are exceptional icons. Weird names, but phenomenal women," Falcone said.

In "Bond Women," on view tomorrow through Sept. 24 at Lindsay Gallery, he'll debut more than a dozen glossy, glamorous portraits of the actresses who fleshed out such roles as Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger" and Honey Ryder from "Dr. No," the first Bond film.

"I painted the ones I thought were women I'd like to know," Falcone explained. "Quite a few are from the early films, when most of the women were a match for Bond and not just eye candy."

For more than a decade, Falcone has been presenting annual exhibitions of his work at Lindsay Gallery to benefit Annie's Fund, the nonprofit he founded in memory of his late wife, Dr. Anne Miller. Proceeds from sales feed a grant program supporting arts projects that might not otherwise be funded, through partners including Franklin Park Conservatory and CityMusic.