The traditional femme fatale ensnares her lovers with her mysterious charm and seductive beauty, leading them into dangerous situations. Our modern day heroine is just as mysterious and seductive, but she uses her charms to follow her passions and build her empire. She is unapologetic, assertive and bold. In short, the perfect muse for the modern boudoir.

Whether established icons or newcomers bursting on to the scene, we count down the modern day femme fatales who inspire us with their fierce character choices, bold fashion turns and magnetic appeal.

1. Monica Belluci

The Italian bombshell Monica Belluci has well and truly established herself as a smouldering presence both on and off screen since the 90s. This multitalented provocateur also speaks four languages; Italian, French, English and some Persian. This year she set to star in Spectre the latest instalment of the James Bond series. Mr Bond is about to meet his match.

2. Zoe Saldana

She captured our hearts in Centre Stage, but American actor Zoe Saldana really showed us who's boss after tackling some of our favourite tough and feisty heroines. We're anticipating the release of Nina, a biopic about jazz musician Nina Simone played by Saldana.

3. Eva Green

Long before Mr Bond fell in love with her character Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, Eva Green's classic beauty and wicked talent held our attention. She currently plays heroine Vanessa Ives, a true force to be reckoned with, in the drama television series Penny Dreadful.

4. Margot Robbie

Don't let her sizzling beauty fool you. Margot Robbie captures the spirit of old school film noir glamour, with talent in spades. Her turn as seductress and wife in Wolf of Wall Street truly made the world sit up and take notice. The best is yet to come for the Aussie stunner.

5. Christina Hendricks

This year sees Christina Hendricks saying goodbye to her most iconic character so far; the sassy and bold femme fatale Joan Holloway in Mad Men. You're sure to see more from this striking actor, starting with upcoming mystery film Dark Places alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Chloë Grace Moretz.

6. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson continues to surprise and mesmerise us. Whether she's kicking arse as a superhero or charming in indie classics, Johansson is utterly compelling time and time again. She's been voted one of the sexiest women alive numerous times, but it's her bold attitude that continues to inspire us.

7. Emilia Clarke

English actress Emilia Clarke has already cemented the character Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones as a timeless female heroine. Soon she's taking on another iconic female lead in her turn as Sarah Conner in the fifth installment of Terminator, Terminator Genisys. We predict she'll be a natural fit for the feisty, gun welding femme fatale.

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