James Bond Day: Ursula Andress and Lana Wood reflect on their time spent working with Sean Connery as Bond girls.


Hollywood’s James Bond turns 60 this year, and two of the females who played the British spy are sharing their memories of the series’ original lead.

James Bond Day is celebrated on October 5, which is also the anniversary of the international premiere of the first 007 movie, “Dr. No,” in 1962. Inspired by Ian Fleming’s books, American producer Albert R. Broccoli raised $1 million and received funding from United Artists. It would eventually grow to become one of the most renowned film franchises ever.

The Bond girls kept the secret agent on his toes while enthralling audiences all over the world. The secret agent left his mark with undeniable charm, future technology, and exquisite flair.

In “Dr. No,” Ursula Andress created a name for herself playing Honey Rider, the bikini-clad siren opposite Sean Connery as Bond. Dimitri Hamlin, Andress’s son, told Fox News Digital that the legendary role had a significant influence on her long-lasting popularity.


Scottish actor Sean Connery and Swiss actress Ursula Andress on the set of Dr. No based on the novel by Ian Fleming, and directed by Terence Young. Andress' son, Dimitri told Fox News Digital that the actress andquot;feels very luckyandquot; to be part of the successful film franchise.

Regarding the Swiss star, Hamlin remarked, “She feels really lucky overall. “She was fortunate to have met and gotten to know people as good as Sean, Ian Fleming, and “director” Terence Young. And how thankful she is to have spent so much time with such imaginative and enjoyable individuals.”

The 42-year-old said, “She also feels very happy that the people appreciated her and that the franchise was a success. And she believes that Sean was the ideal Bond for her.

While the Vatican and the Kremlin denounced the movie as immoral, President Kennedy, a lover of James Bond, saw it in the White House. It later went on to become a box office success and started a franchise that survived the Cold War. With many of his own stunts, Connery continued to play Bond in “From Russia With Love,” “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball,” “You Only Live Twice,” and “Diamonds Are Forever.”

When Lana Wood was chosen to play Plenty OToole in the 1971 film “Diamonds Are Forever,” they also became friends.