Ursula Andress, Two-Time Bond Girl
Nothing arises full-born from the sea - unless it is Swiss actress Ursula Andress (born in Ostermundigen, Canton of Bern) in her iconic white bikini majestically appearing in front of a bemused Sean Connery as James Bond.
|Ursula Andress' character sizing up a conch shell for dinner.|
|Ursula Andress in her classic white bathing suit. The suit sold in a 2001 auction for £41,125 ($59,755).|
Dr. NoHoney Ryder is a simple shell diver with not-so-simple curves in "Dr. No." Unlike so many later Bond girls, who had to be made to look "smart" or "professional" or whatever, absolutely no pretense was made about Honey Ryder - she was as dim as the shells she was collecting.
However, the character was quite wise in setting up two enduring themes of the James Bond series: 1) she was the very first Bond girl who set the mold for all who followed, and 2) she set up many of Sean Connery's one-liners that solidified his interpretation of the character's flippant and insouciant attitude when confronted by a sexpot.
|Ursula Andress in a Grecian gown, a classic beauty in classic garb.|
|Two very nice shells. "Are you looking at my shells?" "No, I'm just looking."|
|Ursula Andress running down a beach with Sean Connery.|
I challenge anyone to come up with a better response than that. You may see many more long-lost behind-the-scenes pictures of Ursula Andress from "Dr. No" here.
|Ursula Andress posing on a Roulette wheel for "Casino Royale."|
|Ursula Andress and Peter Sellers.|
|Ursula Andress on the set of "Casino Royale."|
|Ursula Andress in "Casino Royale" in a pretty inexplicable scene - but, like all the many inexplicable scenes in "Casino Royale," it is gorgeous.|
|Playboy Magazine cover, France, 1981.|
Later CareerUrsula Andress showed an amazing amount of staying power for someone who established herself portraying bimbos in spy thrillers. Her last big role was in "Clash of the Titans" (1981) as Hera opposite Laurence Olivier of all people. She still looked fine, twenty years after her debut rising out of the sea.