Ursula Andress is born in Bern, Switzerland, 1936. No actress she, Andress was at least able to move her arms and legs and looked darned good doing it. She was primarily a sexy side dish, bringing a dull vivaciousness to 4 for Texas (1963), What’s New Pussycat? (1965) and Casino Royale (1967). Most notably, she emerged from the sea in a bikini in Dr. No (1962), the first James Bond movie to hit the silver screen, playing Honey Ryder opposite Sean Connery’s double agent. Cinema’s first Bond girl also had a long history of famous beaus, Jean Paul Belmondo, Ryan O’Neal, Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty among them. James Dean was another notch on her belt; the volatile nature of their relationship inspired one tabloid to report that Dean was learning German so they could argue in another language.
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In 1960, Stephen Boyd appears as the mystery guest on TV's What’s My Line? and mentions a recent brush with death on a film set.
The Irish actor was discovered in 1955 by actor Michael Redgrave while Boyd was working as a doorman in London. The following year he was signed by 20th Century Fox and wasted no time making his first movie, The Man Who Never Was (1956). His career reached its zenith three years later when he played Messala opposite Charlton Heston in the enormously popular Ben-Hur. He later appeared in Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and Fantastic Voyage (1966), but missed out on a couple of plum roles: Mark Antony in Cleopatra (1963) and James Bond in Dr. No (1962). On the set of The Big Gamble (1962)—a kind of an African Queen meets The Wages of Fear—Boyd was saved from drowning by costar David Wayne.
In 1977, the actor died of a heart attack while playing golf at the Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, California.
Here is Boyd’s appearance on What’s My Line?:
From Russia With Love is screened at the White House for President John F. Kennedy, 1963. The Ian Fleming book on which the movie is based was listed in March 1961 by Life Magazine as one of the President’s ten favorite novels. This bit of information did not go unnoticed by the producers of the first James Bond film—Dr. No (1962)—who were deciding what Fleming work should be adapted for the next picture. According to author William Raymond Manchester in his book, Death of a President, From Russia With Love was the last motion picture Kennedy saw prior to his assassination on November 22.