15Ursula Andress aka Honey Ryder
Ursula Andress aka Honey Ryder in Dr. No underlined the ridiculous absurdity of the plot lines in the Bond franchise. For some inexplicable reason, a Viking goddess is traipsing around a Caribbean island alone, picking up shells, when she runs into James Bond. Coincidentally, Dr. No's factory of doom is
a mere five iron around the corner. It made absolutely no sense at all, but you didn't care. Of her role in Dr. No, Andress commented famously, "That bikini made me into a success." Career breakthroughs aside, Hollywood was already paying attention, with Ursula having been involved with James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Elvis Presley. She would eventually marry or shack up with John Derek, JP Belmondo, Harry Hamlin, and some Italian actor you've never heard of.
Dr. No was a pretty good start but more often than not, Ursula wound up in vehicles like Tigers in Lipstick and The Sensuous Nurse. This recent photo shows her still trying to rock the décolletage and swept back hair look that comes off more like the Cowardly Lion. Before you snicker, remember that on March 19, Ursula will be 81 years old and Honey Ryder will have taken place 55 years ago. Also, anyone who slept with Elvis, gave birth when she was 44, and packed more into a week than most people experience in a lifetime has no reason to apologize.