Friday, March 7, 2014

Dr. No - Behind The Scenes

Sean and Ursula Look as if They Were Having a Ball!

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While filming "Dr. No" in 1961, stars Sean Connery and Ursula Andress took full advantage of the lovely Nassau, Bahamas surroundings - and each other.

As these behind-the-scenes shots taken by United Artists of the two show, Sean and Ursula were having a lot of fun both on and off the camera. We see them cuddling, playing with wild birds, Sean crashing after a night of drinking - all the sorts of things you would expect from young rising stars. Even director Terence Young gets into one of the shots, apparently reviewing Ursula's dialog with her.

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An Irish 1962 poster for the first James Bond movie, Dr No, with a dress hand-painted over the original bikini-clad image of Ursula Andress. Note the strategic placement of Jamess Bond's gun and his impish grin, they were not trying to be subtle. 

Naturally, there are all sorts of shots of Ursula in her iconic white bikini and Sean showing off his fine physique. They each perform handstands, Sean helping Ursula, and there are candids of them lolling on the beach. Somewhat surprisingly, Ursula is shown sunbathing topless in one shot, which would have been quite daring in those days. Anything for her art!

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Ursula played a local conch diver

Sean later retired to the Bahamas. Perhaps it was partly because of his good memories of these days.

These are great shots. The studio photographer must have taken several rolls, saved only the best, and then filed them away for fifty years. Some of these have been just rediscovered and scanned in from the original prints. They may give you a whole new appreciation for "Dr. No."

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This didn't make it into the film

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Sean was a former Mr. Universe runner-up

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Ursula looks much less exotic here than made out to be in the film
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Sean giving Ursula his trademark raised eyebrows look

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I wonder if this local girl still remembers this?

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Clearly, Sean and Ursula spent more time together than absolutely required for filming

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Director Terence Young going through the script with the stars



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The studio insurers probably would have had a stroke if they saw this


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This appears to have been whilst rehearsing their scene together


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