Friday, July 16, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #71

One of the all-time greats is Ursula Andress. She's a Hammer Girl and a Bond Girl. She's been in at least one cannibal movie, and was in the original Clash of the Titans. She was one of the wives of the famous (infamous?) Hollywood Svengali John Derek, along with Pati Behrs, Linda Evans (Dynasty), and Bo Derek (10, Bolero).

Andress is most famous for her portrayal of the tough-yet-naïve Honey Ryder in the James Bond film Dr. No (1962), but also appeared in the 1966 Bond spoof Casino Royale as Vesper Lynd. The image of her as Honey Ryder, rising from the surf in Dr. No is the most iconic image of her, or of Biong Girls in general. So much so that Halle Berry duplicated the scene in Die Another Day.

Andress is in one of the most horrific movies I have ever seen, and I have seen some awful ones; Slave of the Cannibal God (1978). It is not only awful, it is terrible. The movie is from a time when no one cared if animals were harmed in the production of films, and there are several beasts shown slaughtered. It is also just bad. I do not remember it well, but it seems like crap being sold with the idea that you just might see Andress undressed.

Oddly, one of the first films I remember her from was the Eurosleaze erotic comedy The Senuous Nurse (1973). I am sure this was on Cinemax or The Movie Channel when I was young and oh-so-aware of what dirty movies were playing. I have not seen it in years (say, 25-ish), but it involved an aging count whose son hopes to cause the old man to die of heart failure by hiring a hotsy-totsy nurse to care for him. I have no idea if the plan succeeded.

Another good one is the Hammer film She (1965). Andress plays Ayesha, "She Who Must be Obeyed" - the undead(ish) leader of a lost civilization. She rules a Hellenistic society, and thinks a British archaeologist is the reincarnation of her long lost love. It is a pretty grand film for Hammer. She is more immortal than undead, but certainly has some vampiric powers at her command.


Lazarus Lupin said...

Had an older friend who always called her "Ursula Undress"

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Darius Whiteplume said...

I tend to call her that as well ;-)

Anonymous said...

There isn't a more natural classic beauty!

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