4. July 2011 09:51
In June 1965, Bond Girl Ursula Andress posed nude for playboy magazine in this "eye-filling" 12 page pictorial.
"She... is... Ursula Andress"
SHE is a creature of classic grace and sensual allure, the quintessence of all that is female and, with virtually no effort on her part, the acknowledged high priestess of that cinematic clan of heavenly bodies: the Sex Goddesses. Her deification began with her first major filmic role opposite Sean Connery in Dr. No, and the critics' praises have ranged from "the most awesome piece of natural Swiss architecture since the Alps" to "the most sensuous and spectacular beauty to grace the screen in years." But despite the fact that such blanket encomiums smack of modern press-agentry, this 12-page photographic premiere of the unadorned Ursula-the most extensive pictorial takeout playboy has ever devoted to any member of the fair gender —clearly proves that all the hyperbole of Hollywood's professional star makers pales in the bright dimensions (37-22-35) of her own natural appeal.
Currently drawing top billing for her portrayal of the title role in She , a Seven Arts-Hammer production of Rider Haggard's epic novel, the 26-year-old queen of the celluloid sirens was imported from Switzerland ten years ago under contract to Paramount. After a brief stint as a starlet, however, Ursula traded her role as a Hollywood hopeful for that of a dutiful Frau to actor-director John Derek, to whose labor-of-love lensmanship we are indebted for this study of the ultimate in Alpine anatomy. The appearance of the stately Swiss as the bikini-clad companion of Agent 007 marked a happy end to her five long years of cinematic self-exile.
PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY FOR PLAYBOY BY JOHN DEREK
SHE scoffs at the idea of being dubbed film-dom's leading sex symbol; "We all have to go through it; it's the journalisls and the studio publicists who build it all up." She remains aloof to the dazzle of sudden stardom: "You see, I never wanted to be a film star. In fact, I turned down dozens of roles so I could stay with my husband and travel wherever he went. After She, I may never make another picture; and then again, I may. Films aren’t my whole life; it's my marriage that must always come first."
SHE refused to play the nude scene in the original script of her new film, She, on grounds that "it's often sexier to keep your clothes on." Ursula's reaction to this portfolio, taken while on location in the Philippines: "I'm not against nudity when it is used for a purpose and is done with a maximum of taste, style and class."
SHE was nice enough to cut her price so I could afford her!' quips director John Derek, who wrote in a part for Ursula in his upcoming Seven Arts production of No Toys for Christmas, a story about the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. "Being a Swiss mercenary, she's a very smart businesswoman," says Derek, who admits that Ursula is the film maker's perfect girl Friday and usually winds up acting as his interpreter ("She speaks German, French, Italian, English and more, for all I know"), secretary, business manager and "you-name-it!" Aware of its star box-office attraction's ambivalence regarding her career. Seven Arts has costarred Ursula in still another of its 1965 releases [What's New Pussycat ?) in an obvious attempt to get maximum exposure of what one studio mogul likes to refer to as "one of the great bodies of the Western world." Agreed.
Copyright © 1965 Playboy. All rights reserved.
[Source: Playboy Magazine, June 1965, P.130-141]
The James Bond Playboy Dossiers
The Playboy interview: Ian Fleming - Playboy, December 1964
Ursula Andress Pictorial - Playboy, June 1965
James Bond's Girls - Playboy, November 1965
Interview with Sean Connery, Playboy November 1965
Ursula - Playboy, July 1966
The Girls of "Casino Royale" By Woody Allen - Playboy, February 1967
Bond Girl Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama) in Playboy Magazine, June 1967
Bond Girl Lana Wood in Playboy Magazine, April 1971
Bond Gets Sainted, Playboy, July 1973
Bond Girl Barbara Bach Pictorial - Playboy, June 1977
Bond Girl Barbara Carrera Acting Beastly Pictorial - Playboy, July 1977
Bond Girls from The Spy Who Loved Me - Penthouse Magazine, August 1977
Be a James Bond Girl - Playboy, June 1979
The Girls of James Bond - Playboy, July 1979
Cover Girl Barbara Bach - Playboy, January 1981
For your Eyes Only - Playboy, June 1981
Bond Girl Maud Adams - Playboy, October 1981
Barbara Carrera, Playboy Magazine, March 1982
Tanya Roberts - Playboy Magazine, October 1982
Cover girl Kim Basinger, Playboy, February 1983
Playboy - Saving Bond's Women - Playboy, July 1983
Grace Jones in Playboy Magazine, July 1985
The Women of 007 - Playboy, September 1987
Licence to Kill's Loti in Playboy, May 1988
Daphne Deckers Proves Tomorrow Never Dies - Playboy, February 1998
Denise Richards - Playboy Magazine, December 2004
Daniel Craig Interview - Playboy USA, November 2008
James Bond Spezial - Playboy Germany, November 2008
007 Special - Playboy Romania, November 2008
James Bond Quantum of Solace - Playboy Argentina, November 2008
Daniel Craig Interview - Playboy Estonia, November 2008
50th anniversary James Bond Special - Playboy Poland, October 2012
Playboy Greece Celebrates 50 years of James Bond - Playboy Greece, November 2012
Playboy's Guide to Living the Life of 007 - Playboy Croatia, November 2012
Playboy Argentina Celebrates 50 years of James Bond 007 - Playboy Argentina, November 2012
Playboy Germany Celebrates 50 years of James Bond 007 - Playboy Germany, November 2012
The Bond Girl and the Playmate - Playboy Italy, August 2014
Playboy Poland James Bond Spectre Special - November 2015
Playboy Mexico James Bond Spectre Special - November 2015
James Bond - Playboy Nederland - December 2015