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Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress in Dr No (1962)

In one of cinema's most famous moments, Ursula Andress emerged seductively from the sea and caused bikini sales to skyrocket. Sean Connery was just an unknown actor when chosen to star as James Bond by producers Saltzman and Broccoli, but Dr No was so successful that 007 is still going strong today. So sexy is the Ursula Andress character Honey Ryder, that she regularly tops Bond girl polls even now. --http://www.channel4.com/film/newsfeatures/microsites/S/sexy/results_10-1_2.html [Nov 2004]

Ursula Andress (born 19 March 1936) is an actress. She was born in Ostermundigen, Berne, Switzerland.

Andress was a major sex symbol of the 1960s. Fluent in English, French, Italian, German and Swiss-German, she appeared as "Honey Ryder", James Bond's object of desire in Dr. No (1962), the first James Bond film.

Her stunning good looks served her well, as her introduction in Dr. No became one of the most famous Bond moments. Rising out of the Caribbean Sea singing a beautiful Calypso and tossing back her blonde hair, she spots Bond. "What are you doing here?" she asks. "Looking for shells?"

"No," replies Bond, admiring her suntanned body barely covered in a white bikini, "I'm just looking." (The combination of sea, shells, and a stunning blonde has led some critics to trace the inspiration for this scene to Botticelli's Birth of Venus).

An homage to this scene was included in the Bond film, Die Another Day. This time around the part of the siren walking out of the water was played by Halle Berry. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_Andress [May 2005]

Rudi Gernreich


Rudi Gernreich(1922 - 1985) was an Austrian fashion designer. He is perhaps famous for coining the term monokini. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudi_Gernreich [Aug 2004]

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