Young Ursula Andress: Original Bond Girl Honey Ryder, Then And Now

By | May 1, 2019

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Left: Ursula Andress at an event for Dr. No (1962). Right: Andress on the set of Dr. No. Source: IMDB

Securing her place in film history as Dr. No's Honey Ryder, Ursula Andress was the original Bond Girl in the 007 film franchise. Following her turn opposite Sean Connery in the 1962 spy flick, the Swiss bombshell continued to be an in-demand actress throughout the '60s and into the '70s. Andress, a classic blonde beauty, remained a sex symbol for decades, appearing in What's New Pussycat (1965), She (1965) and Clash Of The Titans (1981), even though she never duplicated the appeal of Honey Ryder. Playboy ranked her number 17 of the 100 sexiest stars of the 20th century. 

The Pride Of Ostermundigen

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Left: Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd in 'Casino Royale', 1967. Right: Andress as Honey Ryder in 'Dr. No. Sources: Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images; IMDB

Her first break came when she met an Italian producer at a party, leading to a part in the The Sins of Casanova. From there an American producer convinced her to try her luck in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the glitz and glamour of show business belied a difficult road for Ms. Andress. However, through perseverance and many star-studded associations, she made it big.

Andress was born in Ostermundigen, Switzerland, and her early life did not portend fame and fortune. Her mother worked as a landscaper and her father, a diplomat, although not for long. Switzerland expelled Andress’s father from the country for political reasons.

Read on to learn Ursula Andress’s wild story.