Underneath the mango tree…the woman who came out of the sea.
Honey Ryder is the first great Bond girl and one of the best, consistently voted in the top ten by fans of the franchise. She make her first appearance in “Doctor No” emerging Venus like from the sea clad only in a skimpy bikini and responds to Bond’s advances by pulling a knife on him. Not to be trifled with, she is forceful and independent, working as a crab diver off the coast of Jamaica . She soon proves to be a valuable ally in defeating the evil plan of SMERSH and eventually succumbs to Bond’s advances when she realizes that he can be trusted. Well, up to a point!
My entrance in the film wearing the bikini on that beautiful beach made me world famous as ‘the Bond girl
Swiss actress Ursula Andress was born in 1936 to Swiss and German parents. After losing her father in World War 2, Andress made her debut on the catwalk as a model which led to her starting to make motion picture appearances in Italy . Getting the pert of honey Ryder in the very first Bond film completely transformed her career, making her a star and an international sex symbol for her unforgettable first appearance.
A slew of film roles followed including a memorable appearance in the 1967 Bond spoof “Casino Royale” where she played Vesper Lynd. She also started opposite the King himself, Elvis Presley and posed nude for Playboy. Her acting career went from strength to strength in the 70s, though the films she chose to appear in were often less than spectacular.
I didn’t see Dr. No for a year, but I liked it when I saw it. It was a fun movie. I don’t like the Bond movies now. I hate special effects.
In 1957, Andress had married film director John Derek. The pair stayed together for several years but divorced in 1966, whereupon she was seen to be dating many of the Hollywood stars of the day, including the icon of cool, James Dean. In 1979, she met Harry Hamlin, an actor she was co starring with in “Clash of the Titans”.
Though much younger than her, they got together and had a son, before going their separate ways. She now lives quite happily by herself, tending to her cats. Though never the world’s greatest actress, impeded by her heavy Swiss accent, she got by on her looks and will forever remain an icon of sexiness.
I don’t use my body to seduce, no. I just stand there.
As a rider (geddit?), during an auction of Bond props and memorabilia, the famous bikini itself eventually sold for an incredible £35000. Not bad for a tiny scrap of material!
Ursula Andress Filmography
James Bond Movies
Dr. No – 1962