By: Scott RossPublished: October 5, 2022

Ursula Andress

At approximately 10:50am on October 5, 1962, more than one thousand film fans at the London Pavilion on Piccadilly Circus watched as a stunning blonde in a pale yellow bikini, a large knife strapped to her hip, emerged from the waters off the coast of Jamaica singing "Under the Mango Tree." Her name was Honey Rider, and she would go down in cinematic history as the very first "Bond Girl" in 007's screen debut, Dr. No.

The actress' name was Ursula Andress, a Swiss-born 22-year-old bombshell who got the role after producers had seen a photo of her taken by her then husband John Derek (who had a thing for bombshells). Andress would have another go as a Bond Girl, as the original Vesper Lynd in the 1967 spoof Casino Royale, starring David Niven as 007.

She would make a few more films in Hollywood, including Fun in Acapulco alongside Elvis Presley and Woody Allen's What's New Pussycat, before moving on to several schlocky Italian films (a la Rick Dalton), movies with titles like Loaded Guns, The Sensuous Nurse, Sex with a Smile II, Slave of the Cannibal God, and Tigers in Lipstick. It may surprise you to learn that many of these films found Miss Andress in variouslevels of undress.

In 1997, wackadoo director/artiste Matthew Barney (better known to some as the former Mr. Björk) tabbed Andress to play the Queen of Chain in Creemaster 5, the fifth and final installment in his simultaneously brilliant and WTAF Creemaster Cycle.

According to WhosDatedWho.com, Andress has canoodled with the likes of Harry Hamlin, Ryan O'Neal, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcello Mastroianni, James Dean and Julio Iglesias, just to name a few, to which one can only "chapeau."

Now 86, Andress reportedly splits her time between Rome and Switzerland


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