Mie Hama: Bond Girl Kissy Suzuki, Then And Now

By Kellar Ellsworth
Sean Connery and Mie Hama in 'You Only Live Twice' (1967). Source: IMDB

In 1967's You Only Live Twice, Mie Hama played Kissy Suzuki, one of the attractions awaiting  Sean Connery's James Bond in Japan. Along with Akiko Wakabayashi, who played Aki in the same film, Hama was a barrier-breaking screen vixen at a time when Asian actresses weren't seen in many western films, much less cast as sex symbols. And while the track record for life after Bond has proven a mixed bag for the lovely ladies seduced by 007, Mie Hama did something rarely seen in Hollywood, voluntarily leaving the limelight for a normal life.

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