One picture. One iconic name: Honey Ryder. The FIRST Bond Girl! As she said at the time:
“This bikini made me into a success. As a result of starring in Dr. No as the first Bond girl, I was given the freedom to take my pick of future roles and to become financially independent.”
Time To Celebrate Ursula Andress – Nicknamed Ursula “Undress”!
Ursula Andress is a Swiss film Actress who has appeared with some of Hollywood’s all-time biggest stars, including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley!
My “2020 Sex Kitten Countdown” looks at some of the best films of her career -but no matter how many she made, she will also forever be known for this:
007’s First Bond Girl!
Andress achieved instant stardom in 1962 when she emerged from the water as Bond girl Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, “Dr. No!”
A Dubbed “Andress!”
Here is some great trivia: Ursula’s Swiss accent was so strong that her dialogue was dubbed – that’s not even her voice in the film! Still, it didn’t keep her from stardom.
Andress moved on to a series of big hit films with Hollywood’s biggest stars – and she wasn’t afraid to show herself off as well!
Andress co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1963 musical “Fun in Acapulco”, and then moved on to another of America’s most popular singers!
Address also starred with Frank Sinatra, Anita Ekberg and Dean Martin in “4 for Texas” – and she also dated James Dean shortly before his death…
Now, let’s discuss her nickname: how she earned it, and what she thought of it!
In 1965, Ursula Andress posed nude for Playboy – in what would be the first of eight times she posed for the magazine!
So THIS Is How She Earned Her Nickname!
Address appeared nude in a number of her movie roles, and posed for many pictorials, including one where she re-enacted her “Dr. No” pose – minus some wardrobe…
These iconic photos of the Actress made her one of the world’s most desirable “sex kittens!”
She was asked once why she had agreed to do the Playboy shoot – here is her succinct reply:
“Because I’m beautiful.”
As you can see, Ursula had no shyness when it came to acting in the nude.
Ursula’s willingness to bare all in film and magazines made her an international star. Within a few years she had earned her the nickname “Ursula Undress!”
I love the internet, where you can find fully nude photos of the Actress – autographed by her for fans!
Among her other film credits was this 1975 sex comedy – and as you can see, they don’t waste any time letting you know what to expect from the Actress:
The plot is designed to set up a lot of sexual activity: as an aging widower begins suffering from heart trouble, his greedy heirs hope to speed him on his way by hiring a super-seductive nurse to get his pulse racing. It was just another opportunity for Ursula to live up to her “Undress” title.
Here’s another of her more famous cult gems.
In 1978, Andress starred in this “video nasty”:
“The Mountain of the Cannibal God” was an Italian horror film starring Ursula Andress and Stacy Keach. The film was banned in the UK until 2001 for its graphic violence and considered a “video nasty”.
It was also released with multiple variations on the title:
Her film and TV work slowed down as she got older, but in 2006, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Swiss Consulate General in Scotland, Andress celebrated her 70th birthday on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh in the company of an international crowd of celebrities.
Of course, Andress was just the first of many Bond girls – some who actually helped the movie plots, many of whom were nothing more than window dressing…but what dressing – ome feel that this was the most beautiful Bond girl of all time!
Claudine Auger starred with Sean Connery in the fourth Bond film, “Thunderball” – also using the film’s beach locations to her benefit.
Sadly, Auger died late last year…what a loss. You can read more about Auger’s filmography, including one of Italy’s best giallo thrillers, by clicking on my homage to her here!
Perhaps the most vivacious “Bond Girl” of all time was Lana Wood:
She played “Plenty O’Toole” in “Diamonds Are Forever”, but it was her Playboy pictorial that turned heads!
See more of those provocative photos here:
Another “Bond Girl” wasn’t in any of the official 007 movies, but in a psychedelic spoof of Bond that was a smash hit in the late 60’s!
Barbara Bouchet was a “Bond girl” in the camp film “Casino Royale” – read more about her here:
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