I can’t help myself…

by Jim Morgan

Here’s a public domain pic of the very first Bond Girl- Ursula Andress. She starred in Dr No which was released in 1962 and starred Sean Connery as Bond, Joseph Wiseman as Dr No and Ms Andress as a shell diver who sold shells in Miami. The part was to go to Julie Christie originally but the producers decided to go with Andress because Andress was more “voluptuous.” Her body was spray-tanned to give her the appearance of being from Jamaica and two different actresses dubbed the voice, one for speaking and the other for singing. This was not the best movie ever made but it sure is a fun one. After 50 years all the Bond movies still follow the formula laid down in this, the first, 007 picture.

The bikini she wore, and no doubt her looking good in it, caused a huge upsurge in the sales of two-piece bathing suits. Andress is quoted as saying the “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”

Underneath the mango tree indeed!