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The 'Bond' Girl Curse

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Ursula Andress - Bond Girl: Honey Ryder ('Dr. No,' 1962)

Emerging from the ocean with her deadly bikini and accompanying weapon, Ursula Andress became a sex symbol for generations to come. As the first Bond Girl, Honey Ryder, in 1962's "Dr. No," the Swiss actress a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. "She set the standard by which all of the others would be judged," the president of the International James Bond Fan Club and Archive, Graham Rye told BBC in 1999. "The girls that have come since have almost matched up to her." After Dr. No., Andress went on to star with Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Marcello Mastroianni in a series of early '60s features. And when her iconic bikini went up for auction in 2001, it fetched more than $50,000. "This is the most important piece of memorabilia ever sold at auction," winning bidder and Planet Hollywood co-founder Robert Earl told the BBC. James Bond would no doubt agre (Photo: MGM)

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