First Bond Girl

By | Mar 19, 2012

It wasn’t her first film appearance, but when when she emerged from the sea in a white bikini in the 1962 James Bond Film “Dr. No”, Ursula Andress became the first and perhaps the most unforgettable Bond Girl. Ursula Andress was born on March 19, 1936 in Switzerland.

It must have been for her beauty that Andress was given the role of Honey Ryder in the movie, since her voice was dubbed by two others. Nikki van der Zyl gave the character her speaking voice, while Diana Coupland was her singing voice.

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, mentioned her by name in a later novel “On Her Majesty Secret Service”, where he described her as a “beautiful movie star.” She was one of only two performers to appear in a James Bond Film and mentioned in one of Ian Fleming’s books. The other was David Niven, who appeared as an older James Bond in the 1967 Bond parody “Casino Royale”. Andress also appeared in the film as Vesper Lynd.

In 1957 she became the second wife of John Derek. It was during their marriage that she portrayed Honey Ryder. Also while they were married she posed nude in Playboy Magazine. Those photos were taken by Derek.

Even though she will always be considered the first Bond Girl she was not the first to appear. That honor goes to Eunice Gayson who portrayed Sylvia Trench, who Bond meets at the beginning of the film at a Baccarat Table. Gayson’s Trench would also appear at the beginning of the second Bond film, “From Russia with Love”.

The classic moment of Ryder emerging from the sea would be redone in “Die Another Day” by Halle Berry who wore an Orange Bikini.


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